Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Klein on the 47% of us lazy-ass deadbeats

Ezra Klein is a wonk of which there are no whicher and I like him. From Kos, with links.

Watching and reading reactions to the Romney recording released today by David Corn over at Mother Jones has been entertaining.

No shit! Heh.

Part of the reason so many Americans don’t pay federal income taxes is that Republicans have passed a series of very large tax cuts that wiped out the income-tax liability for many Americans. That’s why, when you look at graphs of the percent of Americans who don’t pay income taxes, you see huge jumps after Ronald Reagan’s 1986 tax reform and George W. Bush’s 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. So whenever you hear that half of Americans don’t pay federal income taxes, remember: Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush helped build that.

So notice what happened here: Republicans have become outraged over the predictable effect of tax cuts they passed and are using that outrage as the justification for an agenda that further cuts taxes on the rich and pays for it by cutting social services for the non-rich.

That’s why Romney’s theory here is more than merely impolitic. It’s actually core to his economic agenda.

Please read the rest.


Fixer said...

We call him 'Little Ezra' around these parts. Me and the Mrs. been reading him since he and Jesse Taylor started Pandagon.

Gordon said...

He's big time now and more power to him.