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Cartoons of the Day- The War On Poverty 50 Years Later

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Dave Granlund

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Pat Bagley

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Joel Pett

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Cartoons of the Day- The GOP Love The Poor

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Bill Day

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Mike Luckovich

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Cartoons of the Day- The GOP and The Poor

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Mike Luckovich

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Joel Pett

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Tim Eagan

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Pat Bagley

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VIDEO: Debunking Myths About Who Pays No Federal Income Tax

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16th amendment income taxes16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Federal Income Tax (1913)

So much for that whole "takers vs. makers" thing. Another right wing talking point goes down the drain:

Via theurbaninstitute:

Much has been made of the fact that nearly half of Americans paid no federal income tax in 2010. Some people interpret that statistic as saying that we are a nation of makers and takers, with the makers paying the taxes that support the takers. But the story is not that simple. This video explains who doesn't pay income taxes and why, and notes that the share of non-payers is headed down to just a third a decade from now.

So what exactly are income taxes used for? This:

Medicare and Medicaid

Medical research

Public school funding

School lunches

Defense funding

Social security

Roads

Police protection

Fire protection

Public libraries

Job training

Bank regulation

Scientific research

Food inspection

Food and Drug Administration

Air traffic controllers

Unemployment benefits

Sorry, anti-taxers, but privatization just won't cut it. That would make everything even more unaffordable, and the priority would be profiting rather than focusing on the quality of services that the government provides to protect its citizens. Instead, government is doing its job, per the U.S. Constitution:

The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.

another talking point bites the dust

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