For a guy who’s spent nearly his entire adult life living off the taxpayers, and living very large, this takes a special brand of chutzpah.
According to Mr. Rangel, “everyone pays taxes.”
“Everyone pays taxes. Lower income persons pay state and local, property, excise and sales taxes. In fact, when all federal, state, and local taxes are taken into account, the bottom fifth of households pays about 16 percent of their incomes in taxes, on average. The second-poorest fifth pays about 21 percent,” he said.
Mr. Rangel also pointed out these rates are “higher than what the Governor has paid in income taxes.” Indeed, according to the tax returns the his campaign has released, Mr. Romney’s average tax rate for the past two years was about 14.65 percent.
“He has absolutely no moral authority to accuse nearly half of the American people of being irresponsible and freeloaders,” said Mr. Rangel.
Irresponsible freeloaders? Like your constituents, Chuckles?
Then there’s this:
“Before he judges other people about paying federal income taxes, Gov. Romney should come clean about the tax returns he’s hiding from voters.”