Paul Ryan defends tax breaks for the rich and gets booed at town hall

Constituents in Wisconsin are letting Rep. Paul Ryan (R) know that they aren’t happy with his plan to extend tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans.

An audience at a town hall in Milton, Wisconsin booed the congressman when he tried to defend his proposal.

“The middle class is disappearing right now,” one constituent at the town hall explained. “During this time of prosperity, the top one percent was taking about ten percent of the total annual income, but yet today we are fighting to not let the tax breaks for the wealthy expire?”

“You have to lower spending. But it’s a matter of there’s nothing wrong with taxing the top because it does not trickle down,” another constituent added.

“We do tax the top,” Ryan explained as the audience booed.

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4 Comments

  1. Ralph

    April 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    As a conservative I still have to agree with the ones who booed. Has anyone ever explained why the rich need a tax break anyway? As it is, many of them don’t pay any taxes due to all the loopholes their lawyers find. So one the taxes they do pay–what is the reason they need or should have a tax break on them?

  2. Lori

    April 26, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Aren’t the top percentiles the same ones that own the huge corporations that get all the tax breaks? I think the push for tax breaks for the wealthy directly correlates to those who make the biggest campaign donations. I smell a rat…multiple rats.

  3. Michelle

    May 2, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    One more reason why we need a flat tax.
    But here is a thought, why are Americans so bent on sticking it to the rich? If we really examine our hearts, could it be because they are envious of their riches? What does the bible tell us about being envious? The last time I checked…..it’s a sin. I mean, isn’t that what this is really all about? Envy?

    Another thought. Have you ever gotten a job from a poor person? The poor population cannot create jobs, the rich do. It’s just a matter of fact.

  4. Andrew McCleese

    May 3, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I would simply say that any form of direct taxation on labor is not only Unconstitutional (see Stanton vs Baltic Mining) but also highly immoral.

    I for one am for no form of direct income taxation, be it an “income tax”, a “fair tax” or a “flat tax”. All of these revenues go right into debt services on our debt based money supply of the Federal Reserve. For some reason we needed none of these bankster tax schemes until we had the Federal Reserve. Your income tax is really nothing more than collateral to the banksters for their debt money.

    Do away with the Fed and you no longer need any form of income tax. The 1984 Reagan Commission on Competitiveness showed that all of your income tax only goes to one budget category, debt servicing.

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