"ITEP has been described as left-leaning in its policy positions and recommendations. [better source needed] Nonetheless, its quantitative analyses are widely regarded as reliable by observers from across the political spectrum, and by analysts within government. ITEPs sister organization, Citizens for Tax Justice, is often referred to as a progressive group."
Highly regarded? Like how many agree that
The studys main finding is that nearly every state and local tax system takes a much greater share of income from middle- and low-income families than from the wealthy. That is, when all state and local income, sales, excise and property taxes are added up, most state tax systems are regressive.
From Introduction and Summary of Findings in their Who Pays? A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All 50 States 3rd Edition Copyright © 2009 by The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy Washington, D.C.
I agree that taking one document in the ITEP does not reflect all of ITEP.. here is another statement from that report: Virtually every state fails this basic test of tax fairness: as this study documents . . . .
Golly gee, the sales tax I pay adds up pretty quick vs. by income. A guy with $1,000,000,000,000,000,000 that sales tax amount is not even noticed. Duh.
ITEP: Regressive tax is unfair. Hell the dictionary documents that.. we need a million-dollar, wealthy foundations supported, tax-exempt group of lefties to tell us that?
I pay sales tax of about ten cents on the dollar -- "the rich" should pay $10,000 for every dollar they spend? Would that be fair, ITEP?
ITEP and today's intellectual elite New Normal
For the umpteenth time, Abe tells us what went wrong.
You initiated a policy to tolerate the Marxist-Alinsky radicals and let them rant; not only has it not ceased but was constantly augmented by decades of infiltration and indoctrination. You now have two Americas. In my opinion, it will not cease until a crisis shall have been reached and passed. A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half statist and half free; I do not expect the house to fall; but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other.