For the past year Teapublicans, cheered on by Fox News Channel, have complained that the poor pay no federal income taxes. They have insulted those who are down on their luck by calling them the Freeloader Class. Yet, at the same time, they decry tax increases for the wealthy as Class Warfare.
Well, Teapublicans, you now have another group of freeloaders worthy of your disdain and venomous attacks: According to a report by the Internal Revenue Service, more than 35,000 people with incomes of $200,000 or more paid no federal income taxes in 2009.
These are people who, by any standard, must be considered wealthy, but through a variety of tax credits and deductions were able to zero out their federal income tax bill.
Tell me, Teapublicans, which is worse? The working poor and the elderly who make so little they are not required to pay federal income taxes? Or those fortunate enough to earn substantial incomes and use a combination of write-offs and accounting tricks to avoid their responsibilities?
The answer is clear, even if you are unlikely to admit it.