Yesterday, April 15th, Greg Gutfeld opened The Five with a twofer: whining that he pays too much money in taxes and smearing those less fortunate with an asinine joke that he envies them. Of course, the real payoff was his underlying boast that he makes so much and he's worth so much more than most others.
Yeah! It’s tax day, or for 70 million households, Tuesday. Because for them, they pay no federal income tax so they’re left wondering why everyone’s at the post office sweating through their shirts.
I don’t blame them, I envy them. A tax form to them is like a coupon for Head and Shoulders if you’re bald. This is how dependence works, big government is grand if you don’t feel its hand. Not that I don’t love taxes, without them how would people like Harry Reid thrive? Useless, unproductive society hucksters rely on us as their welfare. Reid and his ilk look at America and see millions of wallets and purses ready to picked to perpetuate their power.
...I’m bummed that 110 days of my salary goes directly into the mouth of a blob that turns my efforts into useless poop. …It’s not about filing, but force.
Feel free to tweet Gutfeld at @GregGutfeld and urge him to put his money where his mouth is and quit his jobs. That way, both our dreams can come true.
Video below via Media Matters.
BAWK! BAWK! BAWK! BAWK! BAWK! BAWK!
It should go without saying the Representative in question is a GOPer. But here’s one of the article’s real highlights:
“It’s not right,” the Florida Republican said. “If we are going to make it a living wage, who’s going to pay for it?”
An audience member declared that he’d gladly pay slightly more for a hamburger in order to increase the minimum wage, prompting applause from the crowd.
Like most right-wingers who whine about those “who don’t pay taxes,” he forgets that EVERYONE who works a job have TAXES withheld from their paychecks. (Those who work in states with no state income tax still have FEDERAL taxes withheld.) Now, granted, there may be some people who don’t have any taxes withheld, but these people don’t actually make enough for any taxes to be withheld—according to the tables found at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p15.pdf , a single person* who earns less than $43 a week or $188 a month, after all withholding allowances are deducted, won’t have any tax withheld (bear in mind, though, this comes to about $2250 PER YEAR in income; at the current minimum wage, you’re looking at someone who worked a total of 310 hours for the whole year, or roughly 6 hours a week; something tells me Gutfeld wouldn’t envy these “poor” people).
BUT, for most people who work, they’re going to have money withheld from their paychecks every week/two weeks/month (whatever their pay period is) and if they don’t file an income tax return, they won’t get any of this withholdings back IF there’s been too much money withheld from their paychecks. And, the Instruction forms actually contain a Tip: “Even if you do not have to file a return, you should file one to get a refund of any federal income tax withheld. You also should file if you are eligible for the earned income credit.”
*For a married person, the rates are less than $163 a week or $704 a year. (Where’s that “marriage penalty” I’ve heard so much about? The married person can make nearly $8500 a year without having to have taxes withheld. And, again, these figures are AFTER all withholding allowances are deducted.)