Half of All Americans Getting 'Something for Nothing"

PatriotPost For the Record "You can't get something for nothing. At least, that's how the old saying goes. For almost half of all taxpayers, however, that is no longer true. That's because they pay no federal income taxes. For them, Tax Day has become just another day on the calendar. Since the federal income tax is the predominant revenue raiser for the federal government, these 'nonpayers' receive government services and benefits without sharing any of the costs. ... Passing the point at which less than half of all tax filers pay income taxes is dangerous because beyond that threshold, approximately a majority of voters could vote themselves an increasing share of government benefits at no cost to themselves. ... In this situation, politicians have even less incentive to restrain government spending because more votes could be won by increasing spending than lost by increasing the tax burden. That is a deadly recipe for never-ending increases in government spending that will inevitably lead to a fiscal implosion when there are no longer enough productive taxpayers to pay the bill for the expanding welfare state. ... To make matters worse, most non-payers not only pay no income taxes, but actually collect cash payments through the tax code. For these recipients of government redistribution, Tax Day is like an extra payday." --Heritage Foundation analyst Curtis Dubay http://patriotpost.us/edition/2010/04/19/brief/print/