James your comment is dishonest, you are including 34% of the middle class into that 70% . As 50K to 250k is considered middle class range. Even in that chart, roughly 11 - 12% of the poor(32k or less) paid taxes too. The reason we are fucked is 61% of taxes paid are by the middle class and only those making $343,927 or more only paid 37% of taxes. Also, wtf these are 2009 figures! If you made less than $343,927, this shit applies to you too, so laugh. Its DudeLOL, not DudeLOLuntilIfindsomethingthatdoesagreewithmypoliticalviewandmakeasshatcomments.com!
Troy, Fine, consider only the top 1%, if that's the arbitrary cut off that appeals to you. The fact persists that the "rich," however you want to define that demographic, burdens a disproportionately large amount of the national tax revenue -- whether it's 37% or 17%. The poor, meanwhile, are essentially noncontributors. The "joke" remains disingenuous, balkanizing propaganda; I don't consider it moral to allow it to go unchallenged. If you, however, think that this is the wrong place to be critical, then ignore me instead of following suit, dipshit.
Troy, a proportional scenario would be one for which every percentage of the population contributes a single percent of the nation's income taxes: under any other distribution, the ratios are disproportional. That said, the problem that I have with the joke is the idea that the poor contribute more than the rich; they don't. The top one percent, more than any other equivalent group, are the ones funding the schools, the welfare, the military. "Pay taxes? What am I, POOR?" As if the poorest families paid income tax. And there are people who would be convinced by this.
James, it still applies, the damn title is "Scumbag politicians." Over 66% of politicians are millionaires and collect a middle income government salary, yet only pay capital gain tax of 15% instead of the 30+% they are supposed to pay for income tax. I love how you claim it's disproportional. In 2010, the 1% only make up 38% of income taxes, 62% is on the 99% how is that disproportional and you call me a dipshit? I only followed suit because your view doesn't make sense. Disproportional would be the 1% paying 62% and the 99% paying 38%.
James, I got what you are saying. I am looking at it in relation to my situation, Mitt Romney paid a lesser tax rate than me last year and made considerably more than I did. In relation to his wealth and mine, one could say I am poor(between middle and upper middle). Using that, I paid more of my income to taxes than he did. That is where I am basing my argument from.