Originally Posted by suzzer99
Why don't you look into the reasons why virtually half of the country doesn't pay income tax? A lot of it is because of Republican tax cuts that they have to give to the poor in order to sell their tax cuts to the wealthy. But now they're trying to roll those back while still keeping the tax cuts for the wealthy obviously. And don't think "broadening the tax base" is going to have zero effect on the middle class either.
Also those people pay payroll tax. I don't know what universe you get to define "moocher" as someone who pays strictly no income tax, but pays all kinds of other taxes to federal and state governments. That's ludicrous.
It's ludicrous to take the position that SS recipients aren't moochers at the same time you take the position that paying SS tax is just like paying income tax. Either SS is a welfare program, in which case SS tax should be lumped in with other forms of general revenue, or it's a forced insurance/savings program with only a minor redistributional component, in which case paying SS is just the price of admission for the SS program and it shouldn't absolve you from carrying your income tax weight.