Tea Partiers Just Plain Ignorant

Anti-tax activists have no idea how much they pay in taxes
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2010 1:43 PM CDT
Tea Partiers Just Plain Ignorant
Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks at a health care rally by The American Grassroots Coalition and The Tea Party Express, Tuesday, March 16, 2010, on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo)

For a movement that frets so much about the “burden of federal taxation,” Tea Party adherents have a remarkably dim understanding of what they actually fork over to Washington. In a recent survey of anti-tax activists in Washington Tuesday, tea partiers thought, on average, that 42% of GDP goes to federal taxes. The actual number depends on how you calculate it, but the highest possible figure is 14.8.%, writes Bruce Bartlett.

Ditto for the personal income tax burden, Bartlett writes for Forbes. Angry, misinformed activists think an average family pays out up to 25% of income. But if they bothered to look at the tables, they’d see that no matter how you figure it, you won’t give the government more than 14.5%. They also think taxes are higher since President Obama took office, but they’re actually “very considerably lower by every measure.” Rather than being a philosophical opposition, Bartlett writes, “tea parties just represent unfocused anger at current economic conditions.” (Read more Bruce Bartlett stories.)

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