- - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Tax Day has come and gone (sort of like Spring in the Northeast). Left behind is just a cold bitterness that is getting colder and bitter-er by the day (not talking about the weather here).

As always, April 15 was a day that brought terrible news, all cataloged by irrefutable numbers. The stark reality of just how bad things are in Barack Obama’s Amerika once again became crystal clear (don’t worry, the pathetic media will soon return to hyping the president’s message of “income inequality”).


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But for today, numbers, and lots of them.

Did you know that 86,429,000 taxpaying Americans pay for 147,802,000 benefit takers? Well, they do, according to an excellent report from cnsnews.com. That number excludes veterans, and, of course, millions have earned their benefits through years of work. Millions more are truly disabled and thus worthy of support from the healthy.

But the number is nonetheless staggering — for every person working his butt off across the country, 1.7 people are doing nothing, simply sitting on their cans and getting money sent to them by Uncle Sam.

“How much more can the 86,429,000 endure?” Terence P. Jeffrey wrote in the article. “As more baby boomers retire, and as Obamacare comes fully online — with its expanded Medicaid rolls and federally subsidized health insurance for anyone earning less than 400 percent of the poverty level — the number of takers will inevitably expand. And the number of full-time private-sector workers might also contract.”

He draws a dramatic conclusion: “Eventually, there will be too few carrying too many, and America will break.”

More numbers for the 51 percent of Americans who paid taxes on April 15 (oh, did you forget that 49 percent don’t pay a cent in income taxes? Well, they don’t). For each $1 bill you sent in, your federal government spent it like this:

33.25 cents to Social Security and unemployment benefits.

Nearly a quarter (24.5 cents) to Medicare.

17 cents to America’s military.

6 cents to the interest on debt.

That’s right, the government pours out 80.75 cents in mandatory spending (yes, the military budget is all but locked in) before it even gets working on America’s problems. Again, those numbers are going to soar as millions of baby boomers take Security Security and Medicare.

Still more numbers: 23 percent of those surveyed by Gallup said they think “lower-income people” pay too little in taxes. That number stood at just 12 percent throughout much of the 2000s, but has been on the rise since 2010, when the GOP took over Congress. By 2012, when Republican Mitt Romney made the disparity of who pays and who doesn’t an issue in the presidential election, that number hits its modern record of 24 percent.

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