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Where are you getting this number that half of the population doesn't pay into the system?
[Myth #] 1. Forty-seven percent of Americans don’t pay taxes.
The most pernicious misconception about people who don’t pay federal income taxes is that they don’t pay any taxes. That oft-heard claim ignores all the other taxes Americans encounter in their daily lives.
Roughly half of Americans who pay no Federal income tax do so because they simply don't earn enough money. The other half doesn't pay taxes because of special provisions in the tax code that benefit certain taxpayers, notably the elderly and working families with children.
Just because you declare it to be so doesn't make it so.
Just because you file doesn't mean you actually put in more in income tax than you take out.
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: WeAreAWAKE
It's very much a risk v. reward game. The risk is huge because the odds of realizing any reward are miniscule even though you aren't risking very much if you only make one play. However, the enticement is that if you hit it big, the reward is all out of proportion to the amount you risked.
Most people who are smart with their money realize that the odds of hitting it aren't worth it and save their money. And the phenomenal sizes of the jackpots indicate the most of us aren't smart with our money.
Given that socialism is the haven of the chronically risk averse, the lottery is the last thing I would call socialist.