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“WE ARE THE 53%”

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Website, “We Are the 53%” — expressing the stories and views of many Americans who are not among the Occupiers trying to Occupy the goods of others. The stories are nearly identical from one to the other among the 53%: self-supporting, many failed attempts before success, success against impossible odds and great discouragement, all advocates of individual persistence and achievement in our nation that provides Liberty, Freedom and Opportunity.

We’re being told by the Occupy protesters and their assorted associates — SEIU, ACORN-now-named-The-Working-Families-Party (odd identity for those who are demanding, for their use, more government redistribution of other people’s money), other labor unions, the Democratic Party, Louis Farrakhan, Communist Van Jones, among others, we’re being told through their other arm — the Leftmedia — that the Occupiers represent “99%” of America. Which is a lie but they’re chanting it anyway in Occupier protests and throughout Leftmedia.

What we have today is a disproportionate percentage of people in the U.S. not paying income taxes, and among those are the Occupiers for the most part. Contrary to these are the “fifty-three percent” of U.S. citizens and residents who do pay income taxes and who are continuously being demanded to pay even more so the Occupiers/non-tax-payers can have “more” which they call their “fair share” of other people’s money.

In reality, there IS no “fair share” of other people’s money that they, the Occupiers or anyone else, are privy to as to the taxes people are required to pay — taxes are not charity, they’re required to be paid whether one wants to or not, and worse, taxpayers have no ability to determine in charity where their taxes are spent by the government after they’re collected. The Occupiers assume they do have a ‘right’ to other people’s money and they are not content with the lavish amount they are already using, so they want more. Since the Occupiers — the Left — has elevated the force and process of government to some level of religious fervor, they appear to also have taken up the Judeo-Christian concept of charity but bastardized it terribly such that now their relgious-form called “government” demands money from people in some skewered concept that mimics slavery and is rendered in a malicious domination of others despite objections to mistreatment.

The Right, Tea Partiers, Conservatives, most Republicans, all want to reduce spending which includes reducing the size of government and reducing taxes rather than raising taxes, increasing the size of government and not reducing spending, the latter of which the Occupiers/Democrats do want (at other people’s expense). Thus, the “53%”:

From The Washington Post:

Conservatives launch “We are the 53 percent” to criticize 99 percenters
– by Suzy Khimm, The Washington Post, October 10, 2011

Conservative activists have created a Tumblr called “We are the 53 percent” that’s meant to be a counterpunch to the viral “We are the 99 percent” site that’s become a prominent symbol for the Occupy Wall Street movement. The Tumblr is supposed to represent the 53 percent of Americans who pay federal income taxes, and its assumption is that the Wall Street protesters are part of the 46 percent of the country who don’t. “We are the 53 percent” was originally the brainchild of Erick Erickson, founder of, who worked together with Josh Trevino, communications director for the right-leaning Texas Public Policy Foundation, and conservative filmmaker Mike Wilson to develop the site, according to Trevino.

…Part of the reason that over 40 percent of Americans don’t pay taxes is because of the continual push to lower them — a cause that conservatives have championed. For example, while the Bush-era tax cuts benefited the wealthy, they also lowered taxes at every income level, making it “relatively easy for families of four making $50,000 to eliminate their income tax liability,” as the Associated Press notes. Ronald Reagan’s tax cuts, similarly, took many lower-income Americans off of the tax rolls, an accomplishment about which the Gipper was quite proud.

Altogether, about 23 percent of Americans don’t pay federal income taxes because their incomes are too low, according to a July 2011 paper by the non-partisan Tax Policy Center. The other 23 percent of Americans don’t pay federal income taxes mostly because of tax breaks given to the elderly, low-income working families, government welfare recipients, and students, the Tax Policy Center’s Roberton Williams explains. “Many of those who don’t pay income tax do pay other taxes — federal payroll and excise taxes as well as state and local income, sales, and property taxes.”

What’s more the “53 percent” Tumblr also implies that there’s a certain mantle of responsibility that paying taxes confers upon people — i.e. grown-up, self-directed Americans like us can earn enough money to pay taxes, so you should, too. That’s an unusual message coming from conservatives who’ve pushed so mightily for an anti-tax agenda.

Trevino responds that most conservatives would agree that “paying taxes is the responsible thing to do,” saying that the question of whether taxes are too high is another issue altogether. ( — Continued ).

The “other taxes” that this article refers to do not begin to equal (nor do they outweigh) the income taxes paid by those who do pay, annually, income taxes. So a person who is not paying income taxes due to low or nonexistent taxable income may be paying sales tax at a market, their tax burden is so minor in comparison with what people are required to pay government in state and federal income taxes every year, and that tax burden is what tax payers (who pay income taxes) are overburdened by.


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