The first thing I looked for was “how many people who file taxes actually owed
any federal income tax at all for ?” In
, Americans filed 134,372,678 income tax
returns. Of those, 90,593,081 (67.42%) were “taxable returns” — meaning those
returns on which there was a “total income tax” for the year.
That is to say that 32.58% of those households who filed their
tax returns owed no federal income tax at
all in . To clarify: this does not
mean that they didn’t owe any extra when they filed their returns,
but that they did not owe any federal income tax at all throughout
the year. If any had been withheld from their wages, they got every dime back
as a refund.
If you’re in the two-thirds who are funding Dubya’s adventures with your
paycheck, consider joining the other third who aren’t.
(I’ve written about the
Lucky Duckies who
don’t pay federal income tax before. See for instance
The Center for American Progress has published
delicious timeline of the many pundits and politicians who have announced
that “the coming months are crucial” in the ongoing effort to screw over Iraq.
The Bush administration as well as supporters and some critics of the Bush
Iraq strategy have told Americans time and again during the past four years
that the “next few months” in Iraq will be the “decisive, critical period” of
the war — the one in which Iraq’s warring factions will compromise to share
power; in which the bloody civil war among sectarian groups will ease into
peace; and in which Iraq’s brutal violence will decline.
The implication has always been that
forces just need to hold on a little while longer for things to get better.
They’ve been holding on a little while longer for
than it took the United States to win World War Ⅱ.