I mean, really, what is wrong with me?
When we last left my PoliSci 202 course, I had gotten into it over Affirmative Action and the use of agitprop in the class with the professor and then was popped by the PC police for “attacking the messenger” in the forums when I gently pointed out some hyperbole being used by one of my fellow students when she pulled numbers out of her ass to try and push her side over the top in an argument.
So this week we’re talking about the bureaucracy of the federal government and Budget and Monetary policy, including the Fed. In one of the additional reading handouts for the class, the professor misstated a couple of things. And being a curmudgen-in-good-standing, I could not stop myself from correcting him.
He pulls some quotes out of some collectivist claptrap of a book titled “The Spirit Level”, stating that the Top 10% of Americans earn 70% of all income and the Top 20% earn 80% of all income.
That’s bullshit and everybody here knows that. But the still-in-high-school and those freshly out who are also taking this class don’t. So I call him on it. Very gently. Simply asking if he can double check those figures because all the info I can find says something different. I included this link in my post.
For those too busy to click, the numbers break down like this:
The Top 10% earn 46.44% of all income in the country but pay 70% of the taxes.
The Top 25% earn 67.52% and pay almost 86% of all the taxes.
I even suggested that maybe he had accidentally transposed the percentage of taxes paid into the percentage of money earned.
And in order to cover my ass fully, asked my fellow students if, after reading the above numbers (and reminding them that a married couple with college degrees working in Washington State, something they will most likely be someday if they are successful in their collegiate endeavors, would put them squarely into the top 10% of income earners) do they think a Progressive Tax Rate is the most fair.
No takers as of yet, but they have until Sunday to reply.
Why is college level PoliSci feeling more and more like arguing with the bottom feeders at the Daily Kos?