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Posted: December 9, 2010 5:12 p.m.
Updated: December 10, 2010 5:00 a.m.

Voters in Kershaw County and nationwide have been bombarded with news during the past few days regarding the compromise between the Obama administration and Congressional Republicans on tax policy. Democrats in Washington, who for nearly two years have been accusing the GOP of obstructionism, are the people in this instance who are throwing up roadblocks. To listen to them tell it, lower-income Americans are being saddled with a lion’s share of the American tax burden while upper-income citizens walk away on April 15 scot-free. So here are a few facts:

• Forty-seven percent of Americans, almost all of them on the lower end of the economic ladder, paid no federal income taxes in 2009.

• The top 25 percent of earners in the country make about two-thirds of all the money but pay nearly 90 percent of the taxes.

• The top 1 percent of earners pay 38 percent of all the taxes while making about half that percentage of the income.

We quote those statistics not to attract pity for the wealthiest people in the country; they can certainly afford to pay lots of taxes, and there’s no need to weep for them. Rather, it’s merely to shed some light on what the Democrats in Washington never say: that the people they claim are getting a raw deal from Uncle Sam aren’t paying any taxes to begin with. It’s difficult to provide a reduction for people whose tax bills are zero. 

Listening to the shrill rhetoric of those within the president’s own party, we come to this unfortunate but inescapable conclusion: that no matter how much a bill might benefit middle-class Americans; that no matter how much it might help lower-income citizens; that no matter how many provisions it might contain to jump-start the economy, most Washington Democrats simply can’t stomach it if it provides any benefit at all to people who are financially comfortable. They are creating class warfare as it has never been seen before.

Who are the real obstructionists?

Voters in Kershaw County and nationwide have been bombarded with news during the past few days regarding the compromise between the Obama administration and Congressional Republicans on tax policy. Democrats in Washington, who for nearly two years have been accusing the GOP of obstructionism, are the people in this instance who are throwing up roadblocks. To listen to them tell it, lower-income Americans are being saddled with a lion’s share of the American tax burden while upper-income citizens walk away on April 15 scot-free. So here are a few facts:

Voters in Kershaw County and nationwide have been bombarded with news during the past few days regarding the compromise between the Obama administration and Congressional Republicans on tax policy. Democrats in Washington, who for nearly two years have been accusing the GOP of obstructionism, are the people in this instance who are throwing up roadblocks. To listen to them tell it, lower-income Americans are being saddled with a lion’s share of the American tax burden while upper-income citizens walk away on April 15 scot-free. So here are a few facts:

• Forty-seven percent of Americans, almost all of them on the lower end of the economic ladder, paid no federal income taxes in 2009.

• The top 25 percent of earners in the country make about two-thirds of all the money but pay nearly 90 percent of the taxes.

• The top 1 percent of earners pay 38 percent of all the taxes while making about half that percentage of the income.

We quote those statistics not to attract pity for the wealthiest people in the country; they can certainly afford to pay lots of taxes, and there’s no need to weep for them. Rather, it’s merely to shed some light on what the Democrats in Washington never say: that the people they claim are getting a raw deal from Uncle Sam aren’t paying any taxes to begin with. It’s difficult to provide a reduction for people whose tax bills are zero. 

Listening to the shrill rhetoric of those within the president’s own party, we come to this unfortunate but inescapable conclusion: that no matter how much a bill might benefit middle-class Americans; that no matter how much it might help lower-income citizens; that no matter how many provisions it might contain to jump-start the economy, most Washington Democrats simply can’t stomach it if it provides any benefit at all to people who are financially comfortable. They are creating class warfare as it has never been seen before.

Who are the real obstructionists?

Voters in Kershaw County and nationwide have been bombarded with news during the past few days regarding the compromise between the Obama administration and Congressional Republicans on tax policy. Democrats in Washington, who for nearly two years have been accusing the GOP of obstructionism, are the people in this instance who are throwing up roadblocks. To listen to them tell it, lower-income Americans are being saddled with a lion’s share of the American tax burden while upper-income citizens walk away on April 15 scot-free. So here are a few facts:

Voters in Kershaw County and nationwide have been bombarded with news during the past few days regarding the compromise between the Obama administration and Congressional Republicans on tax policy. Democrats in Washington, who for nearly two years have been accusing the GOP of obstructionism, are the people in this instance who are throwing up roadblocks. To listen to them tell it, lower-income Americans are being saddled with a lion’s share of the American tax burden while upper-income citizens walk away on April 15 scot-free. So here are a few facts:

• Forty-seven percent of Americans, almost all of them on the lower end of the economic ladder, paid no federal income taxes in 2009.

• The top 25 percent of earners in the country make about two-thirds of all the money but pay nearly 90 percent of the taxes.

• The top 1 percent of earners pay 38 percent of all the taxes while making about half that percentage of the income.

We quote those statistics not to attract pity for the wealthiest people in the country; they can certainly afford to pay lots of taxes, and there’s no need to weep for them. Rather, it’s merely to shed some light on what the Democrats in Washington never say: that the people they claim are getting a raw deal from Uncle Sam aren’t paying any taxes to begin with. It’s difficult to provide a reduction for people whose tax bills are zero. 

Listening to the shrill rhetoric of those within the president’s own party, we come to this unfortunate but inescapable conclusion: that no matter how much a bill might benefit middle-class Americans; that no matter how much it might help lower-income citizens; that no matter how many provisions it might contain to jump-start the economy, most Washington Democrats simply can’t stomach it if it provides any benefit at all to people who are financially comfortable. They are creating class warfare as it has never been seen before.

Who are the real obstructionists?

Voters in Kershaw County and nationwide have been bombarded with news during the past few days regarding the compromise between the Obama administration and Congressional Republicans on tax policy. Democrats in Washington, who for nearly two years have been accusing the GOP of obstructionism, are the people in this instance who are throwing up roadblocks. To listen to them tell it, lower-income Americans are being saddled with a lion’s share of the American tax burden while upper-income citizens walk away on April 15 scot-free. So here are a few facts:

Voters in Kershaw County and nationwide have been bombarded with news during the past few days regarding the compromise between the Obama administration and Congressional Republicans on tax policy. Democrats in Washington, who for nearly two years have been accusing the GOP of obstructionism, are the people in this instance who are throwing up roadblocks. To listen to them tell it, lower-income Americans are being saddled with a lion’s share of the American tax burden while upper-income citizens walk away on April 15 scot-free. So here are a few facts:

• Forty-seven percent of Americans, almost all of them on the lower end of the economic ladder, paid no federal income taxes in 2009.

• The top 25 percent of earners in the country make about two-thirds of all the money but pay nearly 90 percent of the taxes.

• The top 1 percent of earners pay 38 percent of all the taxes while making about half that percentage of the income.

We quote those statistics not to attract pity for the wealthiest people in the country; they can certainly afford to pay lots of taxes, and there’s no need to weep for them. Rather, it’s merely to shed some light on what the Democrats in Washington never say: that the people they claim are getting a raw deal from Uncle Sam aren’t paying any taxes to begin with. It’s difficult to provide a reduction for people whose tax bills are zero. 

Listening to the shrill rhetoric of those within the president’s own party, we come to this unfortunate but inescapable conclusion: that no matter how much a bill might benefit middle-class Americans; that no matter how much it might help lower-income citizens; that no matter how many provisions it might contain to jump-start the economy, most Washington Democrats simply can’t stomach it if it provides any benefit at all to people who are financially comfortable. They are creating class warfare as it has never been seen before.

Who are the real obstructionists?

Voters in Kershaw County and nationwide have been bombarded with news during the past few days regarding the compromise between the Obama administration and Congressional Republicans on tax policy. Democrats in Washington, who for nearly two years have been accusing the GOP of obstructionism, are the people in this instance who are throwing up roadblocks. To listen to them tell it, lower-income Americans are being saddled with a lion’s share of the American tax burden while upper-income citizens walk away on April 15 scot-free. So here are a few facts:

Voters in Kershaw County and nationwide have been bombarded with news during the past few days regarding the compromise between the Obama administration and Congressional Republicans on tax policy. Democrats in Washington, who for nearly two years have been accusing the GOP of obstructionism, are the people in this instance who are throwing up roadblocks. To listen to them tell it, lower-income Americans are being saddled with a lion’s share of the American tax burden while upper-income citizens walk away on April 15 scot-free. So here are a few facts:

• Forty-seven percent of Americans, almost all of them on the lower end of the economic ladder, paid no federal income taxes in 2009.

• The top 25 percent of earners in the country make about two-thirds of all the money but pay nearly 90 percent of the taxes.

• The top 1 percent of earners pay 38 percent of all the taxes while making about half that percentage of the income.

We quote those statistics not to attract pity for the wealthiest people in the country; they can certainly afford to pay lots of taxes, and there’s no need to weep for them. Rather, it’s merely to shed some light on what the Democrats in Washington never say: that the people they claim are getting a raw deal from Uncle Sam aren’t paying any taxes to begin with. It’s difficult to provide a reduction for people whose tax bills are zero. 

Listening to the shrill rhetoric of those within the president’s own party, we come to this unfortunate but inescapable conclusion: that no matter how much a bill might benefit middle-class Americans; that no matter how much it might help lower-income citizens; that no matter how many provisions it might contain to jump-start the economy, most Washington Democrats simply can’t stomach it if it provides any benefit at all to people who are financially comfortable. They are creating class warfare as it has never been seen before.

Who are the real obstructionists?

Voters in Kershaw County and nationwide have been bombarded with news during the past few days regarding the compromise between the Obama administration and Congressional Republicans on tax policy. Democrats in Washington, who for nearly two years have been accusing the GOP of obstructionism, are the people in this instance who are throwing up roadblocks. To listen to them tell it, lower-income Americans are being saddled with a lion’s share of the American tax burden while upper-income citizens walk away on April 15 scot-free. So here are a few facts:

Voters in Kershaw County and nationwide have been bombarded with news during the past few days regarding the compromise between the Obama administration and Congressional Republicans on tax policy. Democrats in Washington, who for nearly two years have been accusing the GOP of obstructionism, are the people in this instance who are throwing up roadblocks. To listen to them tell it, lower-income Americans are being saddled with a lion’s share of the American tax burden while upper-income citizens walk away on April 15 scot-free. So here are a few facts:

• Forty-seven percent of Americans, almost all of them on the lower end of the economic ladder, paid no federal income taxes in 2009.

• The top 25 percent of earners in the country make about two-thirds of all the money but pay nearly 90 percent of the taxes.

• The top 1 percent of earners pay 38 percent of all the taxes while making about half that percentage of the income.

We quote those statistics not to attract pity for the wealthiest people in the country; they can certainly afford to pay lots of taxes, and there’s no need to weep for them. Rather, it’s merely to shed some light on what the Democrats in Washington never say: that the people they claim are getting a raw deal from Uncle Sam aren’t paying any taxes to begin with. It’s difficult to provide a reduction for people whose tax bills are zero. 

Listening to the shrill rhetoric of those within the president’s own party, we come to this unfortunate but inescapable conclusion: that no matter how much a bill might benefit middle-class Americans; that no matter how much it might help lower-income citizens; that no matter how many provisions it might contain to jump-start the economy, most Washington Democrats simply can’t stomach it if it provides any benefit at all to people who are financially comfortable. They are creating class warfare as it has never been seen before.

Who are the real obstructionists?

Voters in Kershaw County and nationwide have been bombarded with news during the past few days regarding the compromise between the Obama administration and Congressional Republicans on tax policy. Democrats in Washington, who for nearly two years have been accusing the GOP of obstructionism, are the people in this instance who are throwing up roadblocks. To listen to them tell it, lower-income Americans are being saddled with a lion’s share of the American tax burden while upper-income citizens walk away on April 15 scot-free. So here are a few facts:

Voters in Kershaw County and nationwide have been bombarded with news during the past few days regarding the compromise between the Obama administration and Congressional Republicans on tax policy. Democrats in Washington, who for nearly two years have been accusing the GOP of obstructionism, are the people in this instance who are throwing up roadblocks. To listen to them tell it, lower-income Americans are being saddled with a lion’s share of the American tax burden while upper-income citizens walk away on April 15 scot-free. So here are a few facts:

• Forty-seven percent of Americans, almost all of them on the lower end of the economic ladder, paid no federal income taxes in 2009.

• The top 25 percent of earners in the country make about two-thirds of all the money but pay nearly 90 percent of the taxes.

• The top 1 percent of earners pay 38 percent of all the taxes while making about half that percentage of the income.

We quote those statistics not to attract pity for the wealthiest people in the country; they can certainly afford to pay lots of taxes, and there’s no need to weep for them. Rather, it’s merely to shed some light on what the Democrats in Washington never say: that the people they claim are getting a raw deal from Uncle Sam aren’t paying any taxes to begin with. It’s difficult to provide a reduction for people whose tax bills are zero. 

Listening to the shrill rhetoric of those within the president’s own party, we come to this unfortunate but inescapable conclusion: that no matter how much a bill might benefit middle-class Americans; that no matter how much it might help lower-income citizens; that no matter how many provisions it might contain to jump-start the economy, most Washington Democrats simply can’t stomach it if it provides any benefit at all to people who are financially comfortable. They are creating class warfare as it has never been seen before.

Who are the real obstructionists?

Voters in Kershaw County and nationwide have been bombarded with news during the past few days regarding the compromise between the Obama administration and Congressional Republicans on tax policy. Democrats in Washington, who for nearly two years have been accusing the GOP of obstructionism, are the people in this instance who are throwing up roadblocks. To listen to them tell it, lower-income Americans are being saddled with a lion’s share of the American tax burden while upper-income citizens walk away on April 15 scot-free. So here are a few facts:

 

• Forty-seven percent of Americans, almost all of them on the lower end of the economic ladder, paid no federal income taxes in 2009.

• The top 25 percent of earners in the country make about two-thirds of all the money but pay nearly 90 percent of the taxes.

• The top 1 percent of earners pay 38 percent of all the taxes while making about half that percentage of the income.

We quote those statistics not to attract pity for the wealthiest people in the country; they can certainly afford to pay lots of taxes, and there’s no need to weep for them. Rather, it’s merely to shed some light on what the Democrats in Washington never say: that the people they claim are getting a raw deal from Uncle Sam aren’t paying any taxes to begin with. It’s difficult to provide a reduction for people whose tax bills are zero. 

Listening to the shrill rhetoric of those within the president’s own party, we come to this unfortunate but inescapable conclusion: that no matter how much a bill might benefit middle-class Americans; that no matter how much it might help lower-income citizens; that no matter how many provisions it might contain to jump-start the economy, most Washington Democrats simply can’t stomach it if it provides any benefit at all to people who are financially comfortable. They are creating class warfare as it has never been seen before.

Voters in Kershaw County and nationwide have been bombarded with news during the past few days regarding the compromise between the Obama administration and Congressional Republicans on tax policy. Democrats in Washington, who for nearly two years have been accusing the GOP of obstructionism, are the people in this instance who are throwing up roadblocks. To listen to them tell it, lower-income Americans are being saddled with a lion’s share of the American tax burden while upper-income citizens walk away on April 15 scot-free. So here are a few facts:

• Forty-seven percent of Americans, almost all of them on the lower end of the economic ladder, paid no federal income taxes in 2009.

• The top 25 percent of earners in the country make about two-thirds of all the money but pay nearly 90 percent of the taxes.

• The top 1 percent of earners pay 38 percent of all the taxes while making about half that percentage of the income.

We quote those statistics not to attract pity for the wealthiest people in the country; they can certainly afford to pay lots of taxes, and there’s no need to weep for them. Rather, it’s merely to shed some light on what the Democrats in Washington never say: that the people they claim are getting a raw deal from Uncle Sam aren’t paying any taxes to begin with. It’s difficult to provide a reduction for people whose tax bills are zero. 

Listening to the shrill rhetoric of those within the president’s own party, we come to this unfortunate but inescapable conclusion: that no matter how much a bill might benefit middle-class Americans; that no matter how much it might help lower-income citizens; that no matter how many provisions it might contain to jump-start the economy, most Washington Democrats simply can’t stomach it if it provides any benefit at all to people who are financially comfortable. They are creating class warfare as it has never been seen before.

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