The Truth About the DNC’s ‘Fair Share’ Rhetoric

By Jedediah Bila

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.

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The US is borrowing money now to meet it’s obligations. It will not be long before our Nation Debt has grown so large that not even China will lend us money…….Then what?
This talk of “fair share” is distracting voters from the truth that government is draining our economy.

Nick D

Let’s not forget that much of our “Fair Share” is not targeted to Americans. Much of it is being ticketed overseas, and not just to third world nations either through back door agreements with the IMF, UN and G-20 nations and stimulus money going to nations like Brazil, Mexico, Finland, etc.. How could this possibly help U.S. citizens?


Any time you ask a Democrat what the “fair share” should be, the only answer they come back with is more. When pressed to give a specific percentage to quantify what they deem “fair”, they hem and haw. The truth is they want 100 percent of income handed over to the government, so it can be re-distributed to those the government deems worthy.


The facts speak for themselves, but hard line party faithfuls don’t want to be bothered by the facts. What will determine the outcome of the election will not be the clear presentation of facts, but rather the emotion felt by independents who are hurting in this economy. Voters have, and always will, follow their personal circumstances. We are now a nation of long term, persistent unemployment and shrinking household income. How President Obama can be reelected in such a climate is beyond me.

Nate J

What the numbers from Heritage highlighted above testify is the large disparity between the haves and have nots.

John Hutchinson

Jed (might be too familiar): GREAT article but we are growing accustom to your magical pen (as well as your face,it seems to make the day begin……you can humm the rest ) Those who disagree can convene & conduct the incredulous DNC 2/3 vote in the affirmative fiasco.For the record,it’ll be Pawn Stars over Xerxes tonite. May God Bless America and God Bless You Jedediah……Mahalo John

Douglas hudgins

Well written. Truth the way it should be.


The U.S. Treasury collects a little less than $1 Trillion per year in income taxes from about 260 million adults. Each adult gets 1 vote and all have the same rights. By simple math, the only truly fair federal income tax is $3,900 per year from each and every adult. Anyone not paying at least this amount is not paying his fair share and should be ashamed for believing those who already paying tens and hundreds of thousands per year should pay more. In stead of hating those who are paying their way they should be thanking and praising them.

Gail C

So what. The top 1 % paid 38% of the tax revenue on how many billions of dollars. Let them pay more and help their country. When the economy grows and and bottom 50% can make more then they will pay more also. My taxable income for 11 is $250.000 and I paid over $60.000 in fed taxes. that makes my effective tax rate what?? 24% and Romney”s was 15%. I need a better accountant to maneuver my income in a way that my rate is less too but in the mean time I’ll still be going to work, thank god and I will still pay more of my income in taxes than any 1%er.

Nancy Schunter

Sorry, I quit reading after I saw the word “stench”. Reminded me too much of the GNC.

Skip T

My family and I traveled to the Outer Banks to enjoy a week of vacation, not knowing the DNC was taking its dog and pony show on the road to Charlotte. North Carolina is a beautifu state. I thought they would be more particular who they allowed to use their facitilities.

Greg Borries

“Plain old stubborn facts”, gets them every time…

Luigi R.

Excellent article. I wish it had a much larger distribution and millions of people would be exposed to it.

Raphael Gluck

Brilliant! Plenty of noise and Distraction over God/Jerusalem rhetoric on the Democrat Platform (Thank goodness we dont have Pakistan Blasphemy laws in the US)
At the same time we’re forgetting the perspectives of where we were, going into DNC 2012.
Thank you Jedediah (and whoever taught you how to use a calculator!)

Justin Ryan

Those numbers regarding percentage of income earned versus percentage of income taxes paid are quite compelling, thanks for putting them together in this quick and informative read.

Craig J

JB, I hope the 6% undecided are reading your columns. Good stuff.

Tony J.

Well said! A needed piece!