16 Apr 2009 16:02 Filed in: Tax Stat Analysis
The Tired Donkey apologizes to his loyal readers for his long absence; he was on vacation experiencing extraordinary natural beauty and sad reminders of how small men can be even in the service of great causes.
Despite his wonderful vacation, the Tired Donkey returns to his burden with a heavy heart as he appears to be failing miserably at his appointed task. No sooner had the Tired Donkey re-installed himself at his desk, than he got an email from one of his donkey friends which said, “WARNING: THIS WILL DRIVE YOU CRAZY.” Sadly, the Tired Donkey’s friend was correct for the email contained a link to a story with this headline: “More Say Low-Income American Paying Fair Share of Taxes.” Good heavens!
The short story is this: in 2008, 32% of our population thought that low-income American’s paid their fair share, but today that number is 41%. But it gets worse: a full 39% of the population believes that lower-income Americans are paying too much. Now, the Tired Donkey is no mathematician, but he is willing to go out on a limb and say that $0 paid in federal income taxes is not “too much” for anyone.
Digging deeper into the numbers, however, the Tired Donkey finds reasons for hope. When the Tired Donkey combines the percentage of Americans from 2008 and 2009 who think low-income citizens pay their fair share or too much, he finds that 83% land in these categories in 2008, but only 80% land in these categories in 2009. This means that the overall percentage of ill-educated muttonheads decreased by a full 3% in a single year! Good news, indeed. And what happened to this 3%? Well, you can see for yourself in the chart. They moved into the “paying too little” category. The Tired Donkey takes it all back: he is feeling jubilant! And Gallop Poll people? The Tired Donkey thinks you blew it on the headline. You should have flogged this piece with the following: “Fewer Americans Are Idiots This Year Than Last.” That is real news.