February 22, 2012—SnyderTalk Editorial: President Obama isn’t Interested in Solving our Debt and Deficit Problems

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President Obama isn’t Interested in Solving our Debt and Deficit Problems

Yesterday, Real Clear Politics published an article titled “Geithner To Ryan On Debt: We Don’t ‘Have A Definitive Solution To Our Long-Term Problem’.”  It contained the following exchange between House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner during a House hearing on the president’s budget:

“Ryan: Here’s the point, if you’ll allow me. This is your time, so we’ll just take a long time. Here’s the point. Leaders are supposed to fix problems. We have a $99.4 trillion unfunded liability. Our government is making promises to Americans that it has no way of accounting for them. And so you’re saying yeah, we’re stabilizing it but we’re not fixing it in the long run. That means we’re just going to keep lying to people. We’re going to keep all these empty promises going.

And so what we’re saying is, in order to avert a debt crisis — you’re the Treasury Secretary — if we can’t make good on our bonds in the future, who is going to invest in our country? We do not want to have a debt crisis. And so it comes down to confidence and trajectory. Do we have confidence that we’re getting our fiscal situation under control, that we’re preventing the debt from getting at these catastrophic levels?

If we go back to the preceding chart, number 13, you’re showing that you have no plan to get this debt under control. You’re saying we’ll stabilize it but then it’s just going to shoot back up. So my argument is, that’s Europe. That is bringing us toward a European debt crisis because we’re showing the world, the credit market’s future seniors — people who are organizing their lives around the promises that are being made to them today — that we don’t have a plan to make good on this.

Geithner: Mr. Chairman, as I said, maybe we’re not disagreeing in a sense. I made it absolutely clear that what our budget does is get our deficit down to a sustainable path over the budget window.

Ryan: And then they take back off.

Geithner: Why do they take off again? Why do they do that?

Ryan: Because we have 10,000 people retiring everyday and healthcare costs going up.

Geithner: That’s right. We have millions of Americans retiring every day, and that will drive substantial further rise in the growth of healthcare costs. We’re not coming before you to say we have a definitive solution to our long-term problem. What we do know is we don’t like yours.”

In a nutshell, President Obama’s proposed solution to our rapidly escalating deficit and debt problems is to “tax the rich.”  He’s in full campaign mode right now crisscrossing the country and telling people that the reason the U.S. is in a financial bind is that the wealthy among us don’t pay their fair share in taxes.  Geithner is the president’s spokesman.  He has to defend Obama’s plan as best he can before the House and Senate, but as you can see from this exchange, the president’s own budget data shows that raising taxes on the rich will not solve our debt and deficit problems.

That should come as no surprise.  Tim Cavanaugh, managing editor of Reason.com and a columnist for Reason‘s print edition, wrote about it on Tuesday in an article titled “Top 1 Percent Pay 37 Percent of Income Taxes.”  In the article, he presented an IRS table that revealed these facts:

  • In 2009, the top 1% of taxpayers paid 36.7% of federal income taxes.  They earned about $344,000.
  • In 2009, the top 5% of taxpayers paid 58.7% of federal income taxes.  They earned about $155,000.
  • In 2009, the top 10% of taxpayers paid 70.5% of federal income taxes.  They earned about $112,000.
  • In 2009, the top 25% of taxpayers paid 87.3% of federal income taxes.  They earned about $66,000.
  • In 2009, the top 50% of taxpayers paid 97.7% of federal income taxes.  They earned about $32,000.
  • In 2009, the bottom 50% of taxpayers paid just 2.3% of federal income taxes.  They earned less than $32,000.

From this data, it should be obvious that the U.S. does have a “fairness problem” as the president suggests, but it’s not the one he’s trumpeting.  Our real “fairness problem” is that half of Americans pay nothing to support the federal government, and that problem is getting worse by the day.  According to a May 4, 2011 article in The Atlantic, the percentage of Americans who pay no federal income taxes has increased to 51%.  To read the entire editorial, click here.

This SnyderTalk editorial first appeared in PJ Media on February 17, 2012.

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