What is really “fair” in the tax code?

Fairness.

It’s a popular term this election cycle. The left often vilifies the wealthy for ‘not paying their fair share’, and use that as justification for raising taxes on them.

They’ve hammered this talking point so much that voicing support for a tax break for the upper class is darn near criminal. You’d fare better supporting cancer – not the cure, but actually supporting cancer. On the surface taxing the rich seems logical – why should someone who is already rich and can afford tax hikes, receive the most benefit from tax cuts?

Tonight on TheBlaze, Glenn did what the media never does and went beneath the surface, beneath the ‘fair share’ catch phrase to see if the popular perception of the tax code holds up to closer scrutiny.

To illustrate his point, he applied how America’s overall tax burden currently stands to a hypothetical group of 10 friends. These friends meet after work regularly for a few drinks, and they decided to split the bill using the same method our tax code forces people to pay – was it ‘fair’?

Glenn does the math below:

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    Was it fair? No.

    The only way a tax of any kind can begin to be called ‘fair’ is a single rate, across the board for all people applied equally.

    In history taxes are refered to as a ‘necessary evil’ with emphasis on EVIL. For as government grows unrestrained, it grows and grows, demanding ever more money in taxation – direct and indirect – and crippling the folks until it can tax no more and the land enters ruination and full collapse.

  • http://www.facebook.com/martin.prestwich Martin Prestwich

    Too bad the people who really need to see this 1. won’t ever watch it, and 2. would refuse to see the logic in it and just keep drinking the kool aid.

  • Draxx

    Not Only Taxes Hurt! What about ALL those fricken Regulations & Penalties for Non-Compliance (More Big Gov’t Revenue – the Jerks)…

  • Draxx

    Some States have Sales Tax, Others Property Tax, and Others Income Tax (or some combination thereof).  Until we can get them all to Agree on ONE Tax for All across the board, it is going to be rough seas ahead… Oh, and lets not forget the Worst One, Federal Tax!

  • GNH

    John Galt has left the building.

  • Anonymous

    The only fair tax is a flat tax. 

  • Anonymous

    The only fair tax is a flat tax. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000095295044 Robert Kelleher

    Don’t like a tax?  The government just calls it a “fee”, and still takes your money.

  • landofaahs

    God gives us the fair standard in the Bible.  Everyone pays 10%.  No exceptions.  Don’t think that’s fair? Complain to God.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IUUH6F4F3PR6QZYLNZ347SH5JI Adam

     I like the clip, but the numbers don’t add up!!   9,7,3,2,1,1 adds up to $23 dollars and they only got a $20 dollar discount..  I agree 100% with the point he was making, but the numbers just need to be lowered!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IUUH6F4F3PR6QZYLNZ347SH5JI Adam

     I like the clip, but the numbers don’t add up!!   9,7,3,2,1,1 adds up
    to $23 dollars and they only got a $20 dollar discount..  I agree 100%
    with the point he was making, but the numbers just need to be lowered!!

  • Edgar Gonzalez

    $9+$7+$3+$2+$1+$1=$23.  Great illustration, but the arithmetic is off.

  • http://twitter.com/MarishaBryson MarishaBryson

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  • Anonymous

    The social utopia people and the communist type minds will never learn and repeat history every single time.They put people so far in debt and they still think they are correct and continue to do the same thing over and over until they no longer can afford anything.

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  • http://youtu.be/ff8jDkOHp3U Sam Fisher

    You know what would be really fair make all the rich left wingers pay more since they want it done anyways at around 99% since they just love occupiers and ask them how much they love socialism then.

  • Anonymous

    Makes me think of Eduardo Saverin, the Facebook co-founder that renounced his US citizenship prior the IPO to avoid taxes. 

  • Anonymous

    Yep, 23 dollars not 20. Stutisticks needs a new abacus.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.mathis Jordan Mathis

    His math in the second column adds up to 23 and not 20.  I understand the concept but I don’t think he has his facts completely right.   

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1149840053 Scott Olsen

    Simply too logical for most democrats…

  • outlawed

    Glenn serves a good point. The rich help drag the poor along and keep them in the social society loop.  What happens when they leave?  The average waged americans have to foot the bill to help keep the poor from being ousted?  I never thought of it that way until now.

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