Top Republicans like Eric Cantor have begun criticizing the Occupy Wall Street protests.
Newt Gingrich, of course, referred to them as "Obama demonstrations". I don't know if he's accusing the president of having something to do with it, or if he's just using "Obama" as a dirty word, like many on the far right do.
But the main GOP party seems to be ready to rail against them because well, anyone who attacks the rich... you're incompatible with their ideals.
It also ignores the main reason people didn't pay taxes - the figure is based on people who lodged income tax returns. Many people whose income is below the taxable threshold lodge tax returns to get their withholding back. So the number of income tax returns filed is inflated by retirees who earn $500 a year in interest and kids who work one shift a week at Mcdonalds.
Do I really need to dig out the data again on effective total tax rates including sales taxes and state taxes and charges? You remember them - the ones that show that in several states, including Texas, the total effective tax rate is actually regressive.
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You can make a quite comfortable income (my $ 65K a year qualifies as that in Delaware) and pay no Federal income taxes at all. they years you are talking about I got all I had paid in in Federal Income Taxes back, and then received cash back from refundable credits. That is with no more shelters than house and my Wife's tithing provide
You will notice that when the Republicans use the figure the big ones say Income Taxs ( which has a specific meaning in the US) not just taxes, then It is repeated don with the Federal dropped off because they don't give a damned if what they are parroting gets mangled.
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Well, a Rick Perry endorser, Pastor Robert Jeffress, did figured he'd help Perry by attacking Mitt Romney's Mormon faith (but not mentioning Romney), calling the Mormon faith a cult.
Perry was quick, however, to repudiate the pastor's remarks.
Because that's exactly what this political scene needs, on top of the rest of the chaos. A holy war. Way to go, dumbass.