4th Grade Math

Remember what a “percentage” is? Lots of people are talking these days about whether the “rich” should pay more in taxes. Then the discussion quickly turns to the question of whether or not the rich should pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes. Everyone seems to forget that because taxes are paid as a percentage of income, someone who makes more money already pays more in taxes. The percentage does not need to be raised. The method of using a percent already makes it “fair” in that those who earn more will pay more. That’s what a percentage is and that is how it works. One could make a good argument that everyone should pay the same amount of dollars as taxes; one could make a good argument that those who use more government services should pay more in taxes, and perhaps one could make a good argument that we should all pay the same percentage of taxes. The idea that some should pay a higher percentage in taxes is patently unfair.

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