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Your (American) tax dollars at work

Who Pays America's Tax Burden, and Who Gets the Most Government Spending?

by Andrew Chamberlain, Gerald Prante and Scott A. Hodge

Special Report No. 151

Executive Summary
While many studies answer the ques tion of who pays taxes in America, the question of who gets the most government spending is often overlooked. Just as some Americans bear a larger portion of the nation's tax burden than others, some Americans also receive a larger share of the nation's government spending.

This report summarizes the key findings of a comprehensive 2007 Tax Foundation study of federal, state and local taxes and government spending. The results show that when we consider the distribution of government spending as well as taxes, it provides a dramatically altered view of how U.S. fiscal policy affects Americans at different income levels than is apparent from the distribution of tax burdens alone.

Overall, we find that America's lowest-earning one-fifth of households received roughly $8.21 in government spending for each dollar of taxes paid in 2004. Households with middle-incomes received $1.30 per tax dollar, and America's highest-earning households received $0.41. Government spending targeted at the lowest-earning 60 percent of U.S. households is larger than what they paid in federal, state and local taxes. In 2004, between $1.03 trillion and $1.53 trillion was redistributed downward from the two highest income quintiles to the three lowest income quintiles through government taxes and spending policy.

These findings suggest tax distributions alone do not tell Americans how much the nation's fiscal system is helping or hurting low-income households. To answer that, we must look beyond tax burdens to government spending as well. Lawmakers who ignore the distribution of govern ment spending risk making policy judgments based on an incorrect set of facts about the United States fiscal system.

More at: http://www.taxfoundation.org/news/show/2286.html
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As I have said before, the Democrats buy the votes to keep themselves rich with my money.

Key information here:

80 percent of households take more from the government than they give. It is a wonder that any Republican gets elected. Ever.

The "quintiles" of "fifths" in terms of household income:

1 under $23k
2 $23k to $42k
3 $42k to $66k
4 $66k to $99k
5 $99k and above

Also...the average tax burden per household in the US for local, state, and federal taxes is $27,000 per year.

IF YOUR ARE NOT PAYING $27,000 PER YEAR IN TAXES THEN YOU ARE NOT PAYING YOUR FAIR SHARE. So shut the fuck up about where "your money goes" and quit bitching about the folks who carry your ass when they get a couple of dollars back.

Now look at government workers who PAY NO SS TAXES.

What the fuck am I doing working so hard?
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How is that true, Dave, when the Democrats have not controlled Congress since 1994? How were the Democrats able to buy votes with other people's money, if that was the case?

Typical bullshit from a conservative think tank.
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How is that true, Dave, when the Democrats have not controlled Congress since 1994? How were the Democrats able to buy votes with other people's money, if that was the case?

Typical bullshit from a conservative think tank.
Um, that tank has been bouncing on E for the past decade or so.

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As I have said before, the Democrats buy the votes to keep themselves rich with my money.

Key information here:

80 percent of households take more from the government than they give. It is a wonder that any Republican gets elected. Ever.

The "quintiles" of "fifths" in terms of household income:

1 under $23k
2 $23k to $42k
3 $42k to $66k
4 $66k to $99k
5 $99k and above

Also...the average tax burden per household in the US for local, state, and federal taxes is $27,000 per year.

IF YOUR ARE NOT PAYING $27,000 PER YEAR IN TAXES THEN YOU ARE NOT PAYING YOUR FAIR SHARE. So shut the fuck up about where "your money goes" and quit bitching about the folks who carry your ass when they get a couple of dollars back.

Now look at government workers who PAY NO SS TAXES.

What the fuck am I doing working so hard?
You can thank Newt and DeLay and Armey and the NeoCon[NewConfused] Revolution and the Contract Against America for all that tax bruden you are complaining about. They are the kids who wrote and passed the tax laws under which we have been paying for the past 15 years.

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Who gets the most of our tax dollars? Simple: the massive, incestous, corrupt murderous behemoth known as the military-industrial complex, a welfare system for the richest of the rich, and the cornerstone of the United Fascist States of Amerika.
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Hey Dave eat your shorts I got a refund higher than all the taxes I paid. Keep paying me sucker!
Maybe I should stay poor just so I can be a parasite for Davey LOL
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Hey Dave eat your shorts I got a refund higher than all the taxes I paid. Keep paying me sucker!
Maybe I should stay poor just so I can be a parasite for Davey LOL
You and a gazillion baby boomers who start getting SS in 2008.

I have talked to dozens of people in my tax bracket who feel the same way. At some point it doesn't make sense to work so hard.
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