Steve Benen has a great post on this topic. While it is universally believed by everyone, especially the Right, that Republicans oppose tax hikes on anyone, by any amount, there is a pesky exception to this rule… they support tax increases on the poor.
ThinkProgress’ Scott Keyes asked Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio), a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, about this yesterday. Tiberi stressed the need for low-income families, many of whom have no federal income tax burden at all, to have some “skin in the game.”
Got that? Millions of struggling Americans are not currently required to pay federal income taxes, and the presumptive Republican nominee considers that “a real problem,” which presumably he would try to fix if elected.
When Democrats want millionaires to pay a little more, it’s socialism. When Republicans want the poor to pay a little more, it’s just helping these low-income Americans have some “skin in the game.”