Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Jim DeMint Repeats the 'Half of Americans Pay No Federal Income Tax' Big Lie About Taxes


During Sean Hannity's special last week, featuring Republican propagandist and professional turd-polisher Frank Luntz, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint joined the show and took questions from Luntz and audience members in one of his focus groups.

During this segment DeMint repeated what has become one of the right's big lies they like to tell on taxes, that half of Americans don't pay any federal income tax, as though that's the only tax anyone pays.

This reminded me of an article I recently read at AlterNet where Joshua Holland did a nice job debunking that talking point last year.

Fox and Drudge Sucker Tea Partiers with a Big Lie About Taxes:

There is a lot more information here...

I got into a situation a while ago where the dinner host was spouting this nonsense, with no justification of course. I didn't want to start firing back without knowing what I was saying, so here's some ammo.

Let's go get 'em!

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