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Right-Wing Host: Raise Taxes On The Poor – The Rich Pay All The Taxes!

If you’ve ever been brave enough to watch a few minutes of Fox News, Newsmax, or other right-wing networks, then there’s an good chance you’ve seen Ben Shapiro, who is listed as the “editor emeritus” of the extremely conservative website The Daily Wire, which pumps out all sorts of lies, disinformation, and conspiracy theories that the tinfoil hat wearing crowd laps up like honey.

Shapiro (along with some other deplorable right-wing asshats) watched President Joe Biden’s speech to a join session of Congress on Wednesday evening and was outraged by the fact that the president has plans to fund some of his programs for infrastructure and education by raising taxes on large corporation and the richest Americans.

According to Shapiro, the rich already pay too many taxes:

 “I was screaming at the television when he’s talking about taxes. Because what he is saying is so obviously asinine. When he says that rich people don’t pay their fair share in this country, that is just an abject disgusting lie. It is a lie. The top ten percent of income earners in this country pay all net taxes. Not some of the taxes, all of the net taxes – because net taxes are defined as what you pay into the government, minus what you get back from the government.”

Shapiro’s co-host, Jeremy Boering (never has a person had a more appropriate last name), then joined the conversation, gladly seconding what Shapiro had said and then going further:

“The people who don’t pay their fair share in this country are the poor. We need to raise taxes on the poor. I’m not joking. I’m not joking. The poor in this country pay zero. The lower middle class in this country pay net zero. So we have a group of people who pay no taxes, a group of people who pay no net taxes, a group of people who pay all the net taxes, and his argument is that it’s category three who don’t pay their fair share. Fair share means your percentage of taxes. We’ve determined that there are some people who shouldn’t pay any percent of taxes. The only fair taxing system is one in which everyone pays.”

As you’d expect, what Shapiro and Boering said is complete bullshit.

The poor are taxed very heavily. It’s just that their tax burden is on items they buy to survive: Food, housing, medicine. Oh, and there’s also the payroll tax that comes out of paychecks. And to top it all off, many lower income Americans also wind up paying income taxes too, usually at the federal and state level.

It’s no surprise that right-wing douchebags want to make sure the rich get richer. They’ve been playing that same tune for decades, but their dreams of a trickle-down economic miracle never pan out. Why? Because supply side economic policy doesn’t work and never will.

The real reason people like Ben Shapiro and Jeremy Boering don’t want to raise taxes on the well-to-do is simple: They’re greedy assholes with a massive sense of entitlement.

Want to see the vast majority of Americans stand up and cheer? Raise the top tax rate on the richest to 75% and tell the millionaires and billionaires that if they don’t like it, intercontinental flights are leaving every hour from the nearest airport.