That 47% of Americans pay no federal income tax has long been discussed in conservative circles. The mainstream media, on the other hand, is not interested in bringing up the fact that nearly half of us don’t pay our fair share. Now that Jimmy Carter’s grandson recorded Romney’s comments about it, newsmakers are trying to turn the remarks into a gaffe of “bitter clingers” magnitude (via Instapundit) — except that they swept the “bitter clingers” story under the rug.
What about the substance of Romney comments? Did you drive to work this morning? Do you know that every other motorist you encountered on the road contributes nothing for that road’s maintenance? If you turned on the news, you might have heard about the defense cuts that seem all but inevitable, even as our troops are fighting Islamists. Is it because one in two don’t pitch a penny towards the common good?
It’s not just that they don’t contribute, but they take, and they’ve been taking more and more since Obama was inaugurated. The number of Americans receiving foodstamps skyrocketed. When in 2008, 30 million took advantage of the entitlement, today the number is 46 million — and don’t forget, the federal government is actively recruiting recipients. The “low”-”income” residents of the country qualify for numerous other federal freebies, like cell phones and paid-for preschool. And coming soon: free birth control for middle age college students. Sandra Fluke, I wish I had your problems.
The country does look like it’s heading in California’s direction. So few people her pay state taxes, voters have very little incentive to consider the costs of extravagant experiments, like the notorious SF to LA bullet train. The fact that said extravagant experiments are bankrupting the state is conveniently overlooked by the free-loading masses — note the 2010 midterm Democratic electoral victories.
On the other hand, by a 54 to 39 percent margin American voters prefer smaller government (via Instapundit). That’s just 39% who want a bigger government. Granted, that’s a poll of voters, not the general population, and voters are more likely to be taxpayers than free-loaders. Still, that 54% must include a fair number of patriotic Americans who want to pay their fair share, but currently do not. Perhaps they would like a job, not a hand-out, and they agree with the GOP nominee.