- Class warfare - higher taxes on the wealthy.
- Not class warfare - insulting people who get the earned income tax credit.
- Not class warfare - saying 47% or 50% or 51% of people pay no income tax.
- Not class warfare - not saying anything about the millionaires and corporations who didn't pay any income taxes.
Here's something they don't tell you: the income per household of the lowest 40% in the US is $34,000.** Maybe that's why approximately half pay no income tax--because they are low on the income scale, with little to spare after they've paid Social Security tax, Medicare tax, sales tax, rent, utilities, etc. One of the few good things about our tax code is the exemption for subsistence living. I've written about this before.
So I call bullshit on class warfare, and bullshit on our entire income tax mess.
**Correction made on 10/21/11.