"We just don't have the money."
And it's total bulls***:
Amid complaints about high taxes and calls for a smaller government, Americans paid their lowest level of taxes last year sinceHarry Truman's presidency, a USA TODAY analysis of federal data found.Some conservative political movements such as the "Tea Party" have criticized federal spending as being out of control. While spending is up, taxes have fallen to exceptionally low levels.
Federal, state and local income taxes consumed 9.2% of all personal income in 2009, the lowest rate since 1950, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reports. That rate is far below the historic average of 12% for the last half-century. The overall tax burden hit bottom in December at 8.8.% of income before rising slightly in the first three months of 2010.
"The idea that taxes are high right now is pretty much nuts," says Michael Ettlinger, head of economic policy at the liberalCenter for American Progress.
A Gallup Poll last month found that 48% thought taxes were "too high" and 45% thought they were "about right." Those saying taxes are "too high" remain near a 50-year low.Gee, there's a shock - I wonder where people got that idea?
Of course, the massive, historic income inequity we've all seemed to accept as perfectly normal helps to contribute to the feeling most American's have that they're getting squeezed. But when all "serious" people tell you our number one problem is that "we" are being taxed too much, that uncomfortable fact of the rich taking more and more of the pie doesn't really get a chance to enter into the conversation, does it?
So, goodbye education, health care, public safety, human services... Nothing we can do about it. We just don't have the money. Have a nice day, and pass the campaign checks over here.