Are the rich paying their fair share?

April 10, 2018

When the GOP tax cut bill was first proposed, Democrats attacked it the way they attack virtually all Republican proposals: by claiming that letting Americans keep a little more of their own money instead of it giving it to Washington would make millions of people “DIE!” That proved about as easy to sell as Nancy Pelosi’s condescending claim that a $1000 bonus and an dollar-an-hour raise (thanks to the tax cut) was “pathetic” and “crumbs.” So they fell back on another one of the handful of well-worn tunes in their repertoire: that it’s “not fair,” it’s “tax cuts for the rich” with a disproportionate share of the benefits going to the highest earners, and a “scam” under which the middle class would pay more.

At the time, the tax tables had yet to be written, but now, the new system is in place. So how does that latest scare tactic stand up to the facts? Not so well. A tax specialist from the Tax Policy Center (which is a joint venture of the left-leaning Urban Institute and Brookings Institution, so not a rightwing partisan outfit) crunched the numbers, and simultaneously crunched the left’s arguments into dust.


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He found that the top 20% of earners ($150,000 a year and up), who make 52% of total US income, will pay 87% of all taxes, up from 84% last year. The bottom 60% of earners ($86,000 a year or less) make 27% of all US income. Last year, they paid only 2% of all net income taxes. Under the new rates, they will pay no net income tax. As for the richest of the rich (or as I like to call them, “the Pelosi class”), even though they got the biggest benefit from the tax cut, their share of taxes will rise, both in dollars and percentage of taxes paid.

Of course, Democrats also predicted that corporations would just hoard their tax cuts and not share them with workers or hire and expand (wrong), and that it wouldn’t boost economic growth (wrong.) That leaves only the complaint that the benefits expire after a certain number of years. But that’s only if Congress doesn’t vote to renew them. Doesn’t it seem odd that the people who most want to repeal the tax cuts are criticizing the tax cuts for not being permanent? What a campaign slogan: “Your tax cut might go away in a few years, so elect us and we’ll make it go away now!”


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When you hear the media confidently predict a giant “blue wave” will sweep Democrats back into power in Congress in November, ask yourself what they are offering, besides the fact that they hate Donald Trump worse than a castor oil milkshake. So far, I can think of four things I’ve heard “progressives” openly endorse: repealing your tax cut, taking your guns, disbanding ICE and opening the borders, and regulating what you’re allowed to say, write and believe. I don’t understand why the prospect of any of that would make anyone rush out and vote, other than Republicans.

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  • Sharon Crawford

    04/13/2018 04:33 PM

    Thanks again for a no-nonsense commentary on how the Democrats respond to the public at large with lies that they think the voter is too ignorant to understand. I appreciate your straight-forwardness, your humor, and your faith in God that guides every part of your life. Thank God for politicians like you who stand up for right, smaller government, and the protection of personal liberties. You are an inspiration to me.

  • Denny Deaver

    04/12/2018 08:33 PM

    Old Roy there sounds like a typical liberal. Dont you feel sorry for these people. I sure do! God bless them they just dont know any better. If they will read your news letter and put some thought into whats going on they will get on the right track. They just have to put up with all of us Trump people and enjoy all of the great things that are happening because of President Trump or keep being angry and unhappy. Keep up the good work Huck.

  • Roy S. Moore

    04/12/2018 02:00 AM

    Wow, you hurl baseless accusations of the left's suppression of free expression, while you simultaneously pre-screen comments on your own site—even those like mine, which included only snark, and no expletives whatsoever (not that you give an actual rat's ass about it, given the man you lie, distort, and cover for on a daily basis)—to determine which ones you suppress and never let see the light of day?

    What a hypocritical coward.

  • Roy S. Moore

    04/12/2018 01:50 AM

    Why not just call the very richest "the Trump class"? Or "the Mnuchin class"? "The Ross class"? "The DeVos class"? Everybody knows that you drain the swamp by amassing the richest (and as we've thus far seen), most corrupt Cabinet in the history of the United States.

    Oh, and yeah, Huckabee lies. And lies. And lies. And lies. His list of four things that Democrats are purportedly running on just evinces the fact that this pastor's two decades in politics convinced him that "thou shalt not bear false witness" was an expendable, harmful principle.

    No, Mike, we don't want to take away your guns; that's just the mendacity of rightists like yourself who think that, just because *you* can't imagine holding a single political view independent of Beloved Leader, the rest of us can't read an op-ed by a retired Supreme Court justice and respectfully disagree.

    No, Mike, opposing a plan to build an immensely costly, brain-dead slab of metal through over two thousand miles of wildly varied geography, bulldozing homes, and paying former residents of those bulldozed homes when undocumented entries through our border are near historic lows (in fact, over two-thirds of entrants into our unauthorized population are now from temporary visa holders overstaying) doesn't mean that we want to dissolve all border security.

    No, Mike, we don't want to regulate what you say, write, and believe—that's just what your beloved autocrat-lover would like to do with any and all factual critical coverage in the free press!

    And finally, you sleazy, lying Trump media apparatchik masquerading as a dignified, principled evangelical—forget your deliberate omission of any discussion of payroll, excise, and sales taxes, which, when included in the equation, expose your party's deficit-detonating scam for what it is even before the cuts expire—the only cuts that expire are the *individual* deductions! For McConnell to pass the tax law with just a simple majority of votes, the bill could not have added to the deficit outside a ten-year window.

    So what happens after eight years?

    >The rest of us pay (tpc.io/2BEE9Xw) for the Trump's class's corporate cuts.<

    We Democrats would prefer that it doesn't even get to that, and that the $1.07 trillion that your party's slippery, cynical, money-grubbing scam (Isn't it great that Ryan won't have to face the electoral consequences of his ruinous bill come November? He'll just welcome himself into grateful Washington lobbying firms' open arms and soon swim in twenty times his measly currently annual salary of $225K Speaker every year while his own party scrambles, crashes, and screams.) is set to add to our debt is stopped dead in its tracks before we have even less federal aid to hand out in droves to deadbeat red states.

  • Cat purkey

    04/11/2018 04:36 PM

    Scares me that so many dem voters are so blinded by hate for trump that they would vote for all the wrong just to get him out. Never thought I would see so much hate.

  • Dan Evans

    04/11/2018 03:10 PM

    Young folks everywhere are now Googling Castor Oil Milkshake :-}

  • Boyd Ware

    04/11/2018 07:22 AM

    Mike, (I hope it is ok to use your first name)
    I am so discussed with the double standard and the bias of the main stream media, and the apparent disregard of our countries well being from the crooked political elites in Washington.
    Like you and so many others in our country, I am very concerned for the future of our country if the current conditions continue or expand.
    Daily I wonder how can we defeat these leftist polices that quite obviously would destroy our country. I feel so stupid for believing that we live in a country where the laws were equal for all. Boy is that not true, we see what Hillary got away with and how our president is constantly hammered every day.
    Anyway, thank you for being a voice for truth.

  • Davdi Perkins

    04/10/2018 07:38 PM

    I think the rich pay more then fair share. One thing I would have liked to have seen is the Social Security claw back changed/removed or adjusted so that persons on limited income below poverty level did not get hit with really large tax take back for crossing the 25k-single or 33k-married. In my case interest/dividends of $516 cost tax of $333, for social security claw back.

  • Ronald K. Evans

    04/10/2018 05:53 PM

    Dear Mike,
    First, I am a supporter of the FAIRTax (FAIRTax.org) which unfortunately did not appear in the legislative nor executive branch agenda. Having said that I still advocate abolishing the agency I.R.S. for reasons of their noncompliance with our [income tax] laws. We know this numerous ways. Both the I.R.S. and the D.O.J. have unlawfully prosecuted Americans pursuant to the 16th Amendment. The Constitutional Authority Statement for H.R. 1
    (House of Representatives - November 02, 2017) reads:

    [Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 178 (Thursday, November 2, 2017)]
    [Page H8444]
    From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

    By Mr. BRADY of Texas:
    H.R. 1.
    Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant
    to the following:
    Article I, Section 8, Clause 1 of the Constitution of the
    United States.

    Notice here what is missing authorizing Congress to impose the new income tax - THE Sixteenth Amendment.
    This also means that the I.R.S. / D.O.J. have illegally prosecuted Americans under this Amendment without an enabling clause, but claiming Amendment justification nevertheless. Now Congress admits what taxes are ONLY enforceable - Imposts, Duties and Excises , not the 16th Amendment Income Taxes, we American citizens are held to believe our domestic income, not privileged under the law, is somehow subject to enforced collection.

  • Carol Johnson

    04/10/2018 05:44 PM

    Its time for President Trump to replace Jeff Sessions. Mr. Sessions should have been honest and told President Trump he had a cjonflict that would prevent him from performing the duties of the Attorney General. President Trump has the authority and obligation to have a person qualified and willing to do the job!!!!

  • Denise Mathews

    04/10/2018 04:34 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee.

    I have ALWAYS felt that it is simply unfair to ask the rich to pay their "fair share". Why should rich people pay more? Do they use more public services than lower incomes? Do they use more street lightening, more pavement, more kids in school, more police? They probably use much less public services. This is America....where we can become anything we wish.........and when we do we are treated unfairly at tax time....in my humble opinion. I understand that the money garnered from the rich makes up most of the tax money. But I also believe that we should run government on a budget......not just keep spending..........California is breaking my heart now.

    I am not rich...I am 68 years old, retired Hospital Director and care deeply about our country. I love Trump and you and all the wonderful people that speak for "us". I have learned so much about our government since Trump became our president....even my grandkids are talking about issues they hear on radio or TV.

    I just wanted to share my very unpopular position on taxes with you. I have no expectations that anything will change on this topic. I watch your show and want you to know I consider you a hero! Thank you dear sir, Denise

  • Larry Sparks

    04/10/2018 03:44 PM

    The naïve and gullibility of the average Democratic voter never ceases to amaze me. Facts & Data is not a concern to them, only the socialistic philosophy of how much the government, corporations and rich people owe them. Unfortunately this socialistic philosophy is preached from K-12 and college. The average Democrat has no critical thinking skills.

  • Cynthia Pacheco

    04/10/2018 03:42 PM

    You are preaching to the choir. How do we get the word out to the uninformed?

  • Carolyn Combes

    04/10/2018 03:30 PM

    I pray the tax cuts are permanent. We're senior retired military and are living on retirement and social security. We retired from the military in Maryland and it's hard making our budget. I like your comments and read them most of the time.

  • Richard Singletary

    04/10/2018 03:28 PM

    Drain the sewer!!! here is soros best friend 571-970-4687 Senator tim Kaine

  • Douglas Morgan

    04/10/2018 03:09 PM

    Castor Oil Milkshake!! Maybe that is the cure for the cesspool the Dims and Republican'ts wallow in. Serve them milkshakes laced with astor Oil and maybe--Just maybe--the swamp will be emptied and finally flushed!!

  • Paul Schnake

    04/10/2018 01:59 PM

    In the early 70's I was on BOD of a small corporation in VA. Our president said that he never paid any federal income taxes, but that he spent time every year being interviewed by the IRS. He never took a salary, but he took his money in other ways and yes he had a garage full of expensive cars. Yes he was also an attorney.

  • Sandra F Becker

    04/10/2018 01:43 PM

    I hope we will really get this tax cut. My husband and I do not make anything near $86,000 dollars a year. We have our social security and both have part time jobs. Nancy Pelosi and the democrats have no idea or concern about the average person in this country. We would do better if we had the same privileges as prisoners. Unfortunately, this issue doesn't seem to be important to many who call themselves Republicans. Thank you, for fighting for us! I had the privilege of meeting you at a John Mica event at the Sanford airport. I still have our picture on the cell phone!

  • Joseph M. Stonelake

    04/10/2018 01:38 PM


    Lawyer Client Privileged has just been broken, I think someone is in serious trouble ! Who does the FBI work for, The People or the DNC and specific Politico Party's and people ? They are all afraid that people realize the games that politicians play to seem important yet President Trump has repeatedly shown that they are expendable so they attack him with TRASH , WHORES and LIE's in-order to regain control ! It is obvious what they are doing and what they have orchestrated, this crap like a story book of jealous fools and idiot's ! . Do they not know we know we the people know what they are up too , They have been silent for a while, that means they are planning a back door entrance ! The story of a WHORE and a Lawyer who is making a mountain out of greed and trash . You want to Destroy America to get your childish way , We have had enough , Do they think we the people are stupid fools ! Got news for them, We are going to vote you people OUT once and for all ! That is why President Trump WON ,Trump has shown and exposed your childish ways lie's, liberal agendas and hoedowns ! The Majority has won , we support Trump and we support him, you have proven TERM LIMITS are a must ! Professional Politicians only care about their own security and agendas, not America's or the Tax-paying citizens of the U.S.A. !!

  • Theresa Garber

    04/10/2018 01:19 PM

    Mike, I know you are a believer in Jesus Christ. Our small group just finished a 2-year study in the book of Revelation, and it is very clear that many people are being deceived and enslaved by the lies of the enemy. There is no common sense reason I can find for this ridiculous response to good and truth other than the deception of the Enemy. You are in my prayers, as is every one of my country's leaders. Praying for the Holy Spirit to be poured out on our nation, and for another Great Awakening. God is in control, but we are His servants, and we need to clothe ourselves with the whole armor of God, standing in the Truth, and in HIS power, not our own. Bless you, Mike, as you serve Him where He has placed you.

  • David Appleby

    04/10/2018 12:49 PM

    We have become a divided nation, more so than in the past. The division is growing rapidly because of the examples being set in Washington, the in fighting of partisan politics, and the unwillingness to cross the isle and work for the common good of America. How utterly ignorant of the congressional members to idle away valuable time and resources for foolish endeavors amounting to spit in the ocean.
    The continual lawless attitude of leadership by congress, state and local leaders is feeding this division into dangerous territory. The sanctuary states and cities desiring to remove themselves from the United States, to harbor illegal immigrants with criminal backgrounds, to subvert elections, to become a society of socialist communism, to stop being a capitalist system in favor of total governmental control is an evidence of utter stupidity. The subversion by the multi millionaire, billionaire crowd to bring America back to middle class slavery is evidenced by what some in our federal government are striving for. To see Schumer having tea with The SOROS boy shows in part the evidence of SOROS control subverting our congressional members on both sides of the isle. We must as conservatives get behind OUR PRESIDENT TRUMP and help him in ANYWAY necessary to achieve drainage of the SWAMP in Washington, convicting governors and mayors of sanctuary protection systems, and voting with a national identity card out the culprits in Washington.
    THANK YOU

  • Lynn Brown

    04/10/2018 12:47 PM

    Oh yeah! Let's repeal the tax cuts and take our guns. The Liberals are a bunch of wackos!!!

    On another note, I just listened to your interview on the Christ Revealed videos. Excellent!

  • Joseph J McKay Jr

    04/10/2018 12:25 PM

    Thank you for your constant flow of updates. I read most of them. I really appreciate your efforts to keep America "AMERICA"! Bless you.
    2 Chronicles 7:14 ?

  • Joseph Trokey

    04/10/2018 12:24 PM

    I get so frustrated when the very people who stand behind a podium or on a platform of some kind and proclaim I am getting taken by a certain group of people and that they are the ones who are going to take care of me are the very ones who seem to be the one with more money than a lot of people and have been in office for many years and yet have done nothing to help. My greatest desire would be for them to leave me alone, allow me to handle my own affairs and actually try to do the job they were really supposed to do, which is to protect this nation from outside threats. There are so many laws on the books now the lawyers don't even know them all, and I know people like Pelosi don't know them all because she wants laws passed before they know what's in them. It's a shame to be as we are right now, a morally bankrupt country.

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    04/10/2018 12:23 PM

    Taxincome.org states that the top 5% of earners pay 59.97 % of income taxes paid; Top 1% of earners (615K) are paying 45.7% according to Taxfoundation.org and then he top 20% (which includes the top 1%) with income above 134.3 contribute nearly 84% of all income taxes. So who do you believe....my "money" is on Huck.

  • Norman Leal

    04/10/2018 12:21 PM

    In future elections hope everyone remembers ALL Democrats voted against the tax cut.

    What is a fair share? A person should pay for what they receive. Does a person paying more taxes actually receive that much more than someone who doesn't pay anything?

  • tom jeffs

    04/10/2018 12:11 PM

    WHY oh why doesn't Trump build the wall on the southern border of - - - MEXICO ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    think about it; a 700 mile wall'd be cheaper to build than a 2,000 mile wall - - - - - - -

    and since illegal aliens are against Mexican law, they'll administer it without American expense - - - - - - -

    how're ya gonna beat that ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  • tom jeffs

    04/10/2018 12:10 PM

    WHY oh why doesn't Trump build the wall on the southern border of - - - MEXICO ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    think about it; a 700 mile wall'd be cheaper to build than a 2,000 mile wall - - - - - - -

    and since illegal aliens are against Mexican law, they'll administer it without American expense - - - - - - -

    how're ya gonna beat that ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  • tom jeffs

    04/10/2018 12:10 PM

    WHY oh why doesn't Trump build the wall on the southern border of - - - MEXICO ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    think about it; a 700 mile wall'd be cheaper to build than a 2,000 mile wall - - - - - - -

    and since illegal aliens are against Mexican law, they'll administer it without American expense - - - - - - -

    how're ya gonna beat that ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  • Carolyn Acheson

    04/10/2018 11:55 AM

    Last night I watched your TV show for the first time -- and was impressed! Sure wish the word would get out better so more people would watch.

  • Rachel Morrell

    04/10/2018 11:48 AM

    Obviously Nancy Pelosi doesn't live in the same world that the average American does. That "little" tax cut has really helped my paycheck. Thank you Governor for speaking out for every day Americans.

  • Karen A Armstrong

    04/10/2018 11:46 AM

    I have to say this up front, I don't really understand 'all' the tax cuts, but I do know this, my daughter who had to take a second job just to pay for child care for the 1st job, got the only child care tax break ever this year. During the summer months its over a hundred a week, during school its $45 a week for after school. She is a single mom who receives no child support, my grandson is 6 and this is the first break she has had. I was thrilled with it, as you can imagine so was she. My grandson has been in child care since he was 6 weeks old, he doesn't know what a Summer or Spring break is, because he is always in school (albeit little school or big school as he refers to them). I am very happy a President finally recognized the need. He will have my vote again.

  • Jan

    04/10/2018 11:40 AM

    I'm not rich and I'm not poor. ($60,000 a year with 2 kids and a husband). The rich have worked and have made money being in the right place and in the right time .... having the "balls" to take a chance.

    They are the ones who create jobs for us.

    I'm not in favor of overtaxing the rich.

    I also have worked for a very small business with maybe 10 employees and most of them live pay check to paycheck. (seriously) I was the bookkeeper. If pay came in 1 day late their was no money because of a holiday there was no money in the bank whatsoever. Zero. That's how close they lived on the edge.

    I'd say let's keep the small business a float. The company I worked for was so diligent & frugal. People stayed not because of the money but loyalty to their employers.

    This $15.00 an hour will kill the small businesses. Those small business will be gone.

    I have no answers but wanted to tell you my feelings governor ..... Would have loved to call you Mr. President.

  • Fred Hinderer

    04/10/2018 11:39 AM

    Well said... elect us and we will make the tax cut disappear immediately. Democratic Party Leadership is more dangerous than North Korea.

  • James Burket

    04/10/2018 11:39 AM

    Just want to thank you for a clear and concise article with encouragement that we might not have a Democrat "sweep" in the mid-term election. Appreciate all you do.

  • Donna Chick

    04/10/2018 11:37 AM

    I have really enjoyed your newsletter and your show watch and read them everyday. I agree with you concerning the tax cut. I am tired of the fake news and the attacks on President Trump. Now they get some liberal judge to sign off for a warrant and confiscate material from Presidents lawyer. I pray he can hold up under the extreme pressure he is under. The swamp does not care what we out here want or say and are determined to take him down if they can. I know that God puts whom He wants into office and takes those down He does not and I believe that God has installed President Trump into this job. That is was I have to keep reminding myself of every day.
    Donna

  • Alan L Russell

    04/10/2018 11:36 AM

    Just curious if you have abandoned your support of the Fair Tax? I have voted for you because of your total support of it. Now it seems that you have thrown in the towel on the Fair Tax amendment you stood behind. Why????

  • Charles Teachout

    04/10/2018 11:34 AM

    Thanks, Mike, for your down to earth comments each day. It seems that our giant bureaucrat media antifa Muslim Atheist complex fill our ears each day, and then we hear the reality the next day with Mike. God Bless!

  • Richard Bennett

    04/10/2018 11:28 AM

    Keep up the good work, Mike. You explain issues in such a clear manner, thanks for that ! ! 2 Thumbs Up.

  • Stephen Russell

    04/10/2018 11:24 AM

    Pay 460 X 4 but get refund of 601.00,
    pay 26.00 to CA State,
    So Yes, Since under Obama I paid more.