We've explored the right-wing charges (now front and center with Romney's claim in new bombshell video) for weeks that 47% of Americans "don't pay taxes." Of course, this is nonsense, as it only applies to net income tax paid--in most cases, these people would have paid plenty in their payroll taxes. In any case, here's a map of where the "nonpayers" mostly live--that's in red and indeed they are mainly "red states." The blue are the states with the fewest "nonpayers." UPDATE: New Obama campaign video responds to Romney video. Also, here's a chart via Paul Krugman on how the vast majority of the vast middle-aged and middle-class do pay taxes.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Where Romney's 'Non-Payers' Live
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