One of the telltale signs that gives away a progressive is that he can’t give you a maximum tax share of your income. In his mind there is no end to the size of government, and therefore no end to the amount of the national wealth that it should appropriate.
And, of course, the more ‘services’ that the government assumes – e.g. single payer healthcare – the more it is everyone’s business what you do, because if you do it wrong, then the cost of your error burdens us all. Therefore, you should not be free to do all those things that can possibly go wrong. Oh yes, by tomorrow we will have discovered more things that you should not be able to do. And it only makes sense that we have to hire more people to consider all such things, and then even more people to make sure that you don’t do them and catch you if you do. And that all costs money, so how is it possible to say when your taxes are high enough?
Our Great Lying Divider-in-Chief has been calling for the ‘rich’ to pay their ‘fair share’, as he tells everyone that such people don’t play on a ‘level playing field by the same rules', and they pay less taxes than hardworking secretaries and factory hands. Their behavior is even more reprehensible since they claim to have started, built, and worked enterprises which were really the handy work of the masses under the benevolent guidance of an all-wise government. And the legions of local acolytes echo their Messiah’s message into every corner of this land - e.g. see friend Bob Crabb's contribution.
The lies are easy enough to refute with people who think and/or climb out of the muddy lamestream once in a while. The Congressional Budget Office makes the data in the nearby graphic freely available to anyone willing to take a break from class warfare. And Ari Fleischer has written an excellent short piece in the 23jul12 WSJ that fills in some historical data on what the ‘rich’ have been contributing to our national weal – ‘The Latest News on Tax Fairness’.