The air is thick in Charlotte with the stench of class warfare, with many speakers at the Democratic National Convention utilizing Obama’s famous “fair share” and “fair shot” rhetoric to paint the GOP as the perpetual ally of the rich and Barack Obama as the savior of middle-income Americans.
Leaping off of a Democrat platform drenched in scare tactics with respect to Medicare, “women’s issues,” wage discrimination, the environment, and more, DNC speakers would love for you to believe that the GOP is antithetical to the interests of women, the poor, seniors, average working-class citizens, young adults, and everyone working hard to make ends meet in this time of economic distress. A time, I might add, that has been worsened significantly by the man DNC speakers have been begging you to give four more years in the White House.
If you have been watching the DNC and drinking a shot of tequila every time you have heard the words “fair share,” you are likely passed out right now and not reading this post. However, for those of you who opted for kale shots instead of alcohol (I admit that I hate my commitment to nutrition a little today), I thought I would offer a few reminders about “paying your fair share” before Obama hits the stage tonight:
Via Heritage: “According to the IRS, the top 1 percent of income earners—those earning more than $380,000 in 2008—paid more than 38 percent of all federal income taxes while earning 20 percent of all income. The top 10 percent ($114,000 and above) earned 45 percent of income and paid 70 percent of all taxes. At the same time, the bottom 50 percent of income earners—those earning less than $33,000—earned 13 percent of all income and paid less than 3 percent of federal income taxes.”
Via Heritage: “‘One of the most worrying trends in the Index is the coinciding growth in the non-taxpaying public,’ wrote Heritage authors Bill Beach and Patrick Tyrrell. ‘The percentage of people who do not pay federal income taxes, and who are not claimed as dependents by someone who does pay them, jumped from 14.8 percent in 1984 to 49.5 percent in 2009.’ That means 151.7 million Americans paid nothing in 2009. By comparison, 34.8 million tax filers paid no taxes in 1984.”
President Obama’s “fair share” and “fair shot” distortions are just that–rhetorical distortions that conveniently omit details that don’t serve his reelection interests. The fact that he pits Americans against each other in order to win votes doesn’t appear to concern him.
Since Barack Obama got elected, unemployment, the federal debt, food stamp recipients, and the number of Americans in poverty have all increased. So has our President’s penchant for class-warfare rhetoric with convenient statistical omissions.
The antidote? As usual, plain old stubborn facts.