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PA Has More Taxpayers Than the National Average

ROMNEY: The Tax Foundation’s research indicates that he may be right about more than 40 percent of Americans having no tax liability.

By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent

HARRISBURG — To put it mildly, Mitt Romney’s secretly recorded statements discussing 47 percent of Americans were filled with some gross exaggerations.

But that 47 percent figure the Republican presidential candidate touted is fairly close to the truth, when it comes to how many Americans have no federal tax liability, according one study.

Nationally, 41 percent of federal income tax filers fell into that category in 2009, according to Washington, D.C.-based research group the Tax Foundation. That figure jumps to 50 percent when considering income earners who do not meet the minimum thresholds for filing a tax return: $9,500 for a single person, and $19,000 for a married couple.

In the Keystone State, the picture is a little different.

Around 32 percent of Pennsylvanian federal tax filers, or 1.9 million people, pay no federal income tax, according to the Tax Foundation.

The state ranks 33rd in order of most non-taxpayers to least, according to 2008 data. The top five states with the highest percentages of non-taxpayers were Mississippi, Georgia, Arkansas, New Mexico and Alabama.

Leaked videos from Mother Jones show Romney speaking at a private fundraiser about “47 percent of Americans” who depend heavily on government, whom he could never teach to “take personal responsibility and care for their lives,” and who will support President Barack Obama.

He closed the bombardment with: “These are people who pay no taxes.”

In 1990, the percentage of non-payers of all taxpayers was 21 percent, slightly more than half of what it is today. The Tax Foundation cites numerous tax cuts, tax credits and rebates as a main reason for an increased number of non-payers in recent years.

Liberty 1 September 24, 2012 at 10:27 PM
I thought I heard somewhere that Obama does not sit in chairs.
Maria September 24, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Most importantly, the housing collapse, just as McCain was gaining traction in the election with Obama (hmmmm), has a long history, starting with Carter, enlarged by Clinton, QUESTIONED repeatedly by Bush (to no avail , his Democrat Congress would not cooperate), was caused by FORCED LOANS TO PEOPLE WHO COULD NOT AFFORD THEM!. This is liberalism, it "felt" good. Everyone deserves a house! Who cares if they have massive debt and a low-paying job and a poor track record of paying bills? I know the liberals here won't understand all this, but it's true. People talk about the good Clinton years -- you can thank the Republican Congress who got things done. Liberalism really is a mental disorder, like Michael Savage says. So there's hardly any need for trying to explain or banging your own head on the wall. They will never get it. Maybe we should just pray for them.
TP September 25, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Oh Jen how we missed you and your misguided name calling. A new week and more bitterness from you. You probably think your a big bully just like Sally and all your Occupy Wall Street friends. Rest assured Mary and I will be right here throwing your bully tactics right back at ya. So please continue you with the name calling and exposing yourself as the fraud you are!
Jennifer Restwick September 25, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Mike, I'm sorry but the civil rights movement and a few other accomplishments you listed weren't from this century. Although many republicans may have just began seeing minorities as equals in this century. Again, if you can't follow, please just keep quiet. Nitwit.
Jennifer Restwick September 25, 2012 at 01:19 AM
I get the feeling that JF and Mary has no idea what 'bitter' actually means. They'll definitely know the feeling, however, in November.
Jennifer Restwick September 25, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Stop and think for a second, since you referred to prayer, was Jesus more like a liberal or a conservative? It amazes me that conservatives want God in government but behave polar opposite of what Jesus preached. How many of you pinheads who got in line to support Chick-Fila ever got in a line to help feed or shelter the homeless? Guess which Jesus would have done?
Mike Shortall Sr September 25, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Honey, I don't get intimidated by political bullies, especially those who think a century long period has to end in a 0. Hey, I have an idea! Why not give of the list Democrat accomplishments in this century?!? But remember now, it's only a 12-year century!
Mike Shortall Sr September 25, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Just hope he didn't used to eat them too!
Maria September 25, 2012 at 10:41 AM
I am sure the liberals would be shocked to know the truth. It was the Republican Party who was behind the Civil Rights movement, not the Dems. It was Mitt Romney's father, not Obama's, who marched. Shocking right? The truth sometimes is. Martin Luther King, Jr. Which arty? If you said Republican, you'd be RIGHT! End of short lesson.
TP September 25, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Hey Jen...in case you haven't noticed Mary, Ingrid, Mike and myself have taken you to the woodshed on the issues and all you do is to continue spewing your insults and bitterness..and if the posts on this board against you are any indication you will be even more bitter come November!
TP September 25, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Way to go Mary...keep throwing those facts in the face of "the bitter one"
Maria September 25, 2012 at 12:25 PM
When faced with hard truths -- liberals run, scream, name call and/or throw insults. See comments on Patch board for verification! ;) LOL.
TP September 25, 2012 at 12:28 PM
awwwwwww..that's week Jen...c'mon I expected some name calling or insults..that is what we usually get from you.
Eve September 25, 2012 at 12:32 PM
I just read that MLK Jr. backed no party. In fact, he stated in his autobiography that he voted for Kennedy. Please provide a link for where you got your info. I'm not looking for insults, just the truth. Thank you in advance.
Pamela September 25, 2012 at 12:43 PM
In case all you obviously republicans can actually read GOD does not belong in politics. Kennedy stated that he could serve his constintuents regardless of his religious views. That's why Democrats don't bring God into it, because they represent EVERYONE, not just the religious fanatics who believe everyone should live by their religious views.
TP September 25, 2012 at 12:48 PM
and now we have bitter, angry Pamela starting with the insults....hmmmmmm I'm seeing a trend amoung these Dems/Libs.
Maria September 25, 2012 at 12:48 PM
http://www.humanevents.com/2006/08/16/why-martin-luther-king-was-republican/ One article of many. Just look past modern "truths." Only one Congressman was in the KKK -- yes, he was a Democrat. Who are Thomas Sowell and Allen West? Two of my favorite, smart, brave black Americans, both Republican and conservative. What has the D party done for blacks other than keep them in poverty? Wake up, folks.
Pamela September 25, 2012 at 12:56 PM
OMG you people are a riot. I'm not angry, I'm just having a great laugh with all my friends over your nonsense, especially how some keep going back to the KKK. That my friend shows where the mentality lies.
Eve September 25, 2012 at 01:05 PM
I am awake.I respectfully disagree with your source.
TP September 25, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Nice try Pam...I'm just trying to have a laugh...You stated your opinion about God and politics which is fine but then you throw out insults as well...you can't bring yourself to have an intelligent disagreement with someone without insulting them. You assume that if someone is a God fearing person they are a fanatic and Republican. So enjoy your laughs with your friends and only join the conversation if you can avoid the insults. Thanks.
Jennifer Restwick September 25, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Good lord, your reading comprehension is awful. That wasn't the point. The point was it didn't happen in this century. So Robert Kennedy, a democrat, had nothing to do with the civil rights movement? You see what you want and pick out the facts that support your agenda--the Republican way!
Jennifer Restwick September 25, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Pamela, you'll have to forgive Mary. She doesn't know what bitter actually means. She and JF have used in incorrectly every time.
Jennifer Restwick September 25, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Good Lord, Mike. I did list them with a link. You really don't get how this works do you? Read. Think. Comment. It's bad enough your cohorts skip the middle step, you simply skip the first two. Tell you what folks, I'll see you back in here in November. Unfortunately no matter who wins, JF, Mary and Mike will still be clueless. But I have a feeling they're going to be quite bitter, also. Have a great fall, y'all.
TP September 25, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Hey Jen..is a coincidence that commenters from other articles that you have commented on suggest the same thing about you? Jennifer: Are you an unhappy person Sweetie? When I'm cranky I read, Tuesdays With Morrie. Then I'm all better again. All your smarmy comments are filled with arrogance and a know it all attitude. Time for a reality check. I know of a great little getaway you can take come November.
Mike Shortall Sr September 25, 2012 at 02:47 PM
You should stop drinking the bong water, dear. Funny to see you tell everybody to "read. think, comment" when all you do it replay the work of others. Let's take a look at some of President Obama's 50 "accomplishments" ... 10. Toppled Moammar Gaddafi ... Does it really count when you're sitting in the back seat? 14. Kicked Banks Out of Federal Student Loan Program, Expanded Pell Grant Spending ... I'll have to remember that the Bank I'm paying for my son's student loan isn't really a Bank! 19. Began Asia “Pivot”: ... I actually laughed when I read that one. 35. Let Space Shuttle Die and Killed Planned Moon Mission ... Really, that's an accomplishment?!? 41. Avoided Scandal ... Where's "Brushed His Teeth Every Morning"??? 46. Recognized the Dangers of Carbon Dioxide ... wow. what a visionary ... if this were the 1960s. And there were about 20 "accomplishments" that entailed his signing a bill written, advocated, and ushered through Congress by OTHERS. He signs a bill he had little to do with, and that's an "accomplishment"?!? Many "accomplishments" listed were so small they would be considered "management decisions" by anyone not deperate to prove they did SOMETHING in four years. Just too funny ...
TP September 25, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Go easy on poor Ol Jen Mike...there are obviously some "issues" going on there.
Liberty 1 September 25, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Jenny - Glad you asked! Jesus was a Libertarian! He preached what was good -warned what was evil and did not force anybody to follow him. He sure wasn't a liberal because they have to force everyone to follow their ways and conservatives are only a little more lenient.
James Kephart Jr. September 25, 2012 at 08:06 PM
You question those you disagree with, like many democrats try and do, by first making a nasty statement like republicans "raped this country". Then you proceed to ask me a question? Are you kidding me? I will take a pass on getting into a discussion with a complete moron (no offense).
sue domin September 25, 2012 at 11:39 PM
And we wonder why are kids get bullied! Come on people, the blame game gets old, get off your couches and make a differance, instead of complaining all the time!! With these comments, i wont be suprised if there are riots in the streets after a president is elected, either side! Working together is the ONLY solution, tearing apart is not!
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