Today is Tax Day. Hallellujah, sing the progressives, for whom April 15th is a semi-religious holiday (if, that is, they aren’t atheists). This is the day signifying the fact that, according to the Tax Policy Center, a bit more than half of American households subsidize all of the remaining households who did not have to pay one cent of income tax for 2009.
Progressives revel in a tax system that exempts almost half the country from paying for programs that benefit the non-payers as much, if not more, than they benefit those who do pay income taxes. In fact, progressives believe in a tax system even more progressive than the one we already have. They want the wealthy (defined as households earning at least $250K per year) to pick up even more of the tab for defense, education, national infrastructure, and funding of federal give-away programs than they do today. It’s not enough for the progressives that the top 10 percent of earners have already been paying nearly three-quarters of the income taxes collected by the federal government.
According to The New York Times resident progressive Gail Collins:
Paying a lot of taxes should be a badge of honor. It proves you made it into the league of big money-makers…
I think it is a badge of dishonor that nearly half of our households leech off the rest of us. I think that the real badge of honor is when someone is willing to take the risk and invest in building a business, which creates more jobs. High taxes are job-killers.
Indeed, blood-sucking taxes drain the life-blood of entrepreneurial spirit that has made the United States the most economically prosperous country in the history of the world.