And if you don’t pay taxes then you are honestly not fully a citizen. This Fox News poll indicates that a massive majority of people instinctively grasp this fact:
A large majority of likely voters believes all Americans should pay some federal income tax — even if it is as little as one percent of what they make.
Seventy-nine percent say everyone should pay something, according to a Fox News poll released Thursday. That includes 85 percent of Republicans, 83 percent of independents and 71 percent of Democrats.
According to the IRS, last year approximately 41 percent of tax filers did not pay federal income tax. The Tax Policy Center estimates that will increase to 46 percent this year…
It is just being part of a self-governing nation – every adult who is physically capable of contributing should contribute, even if its only in a tiny, symbolic manner. The fact that tens of millions of people pay no federal income tax is a scandal – unless you starved to death last year, you had some sort of income and you should have paid some part of it in to the common fund. Citizenship is only secondarily about the exercise of rights – it is primarily about the exercise of responsibilities. And this, indeed, is what scares people about it – especially liberals: that every man shall be a king (and every woman a queen). It is frightening to think that you are personally responsible for yourself and even more frightening to think if yourself as responsible for everyone else. And so it has always been easy for frightened people to prefer a tyrant who will take responsibility for the group and the individual.
I’m heartened by this poll – I had thought that only about 60% of Americans still got what it means to be a citizen. This poll indicates that nearly 80% still do.
UPDATE: Off topic here but since you liberals are considering polls to be holy writ:
Rasmussen polled voters to find out which candidate is trusted more to handle the US economy. Mitt Romney leads Obama by seven points, 51-44.
Bloomberg polled the question of which candidate do Americans trust more on terrorism. The Obama administration is rapidly becoming engulfed in charges that it has attempted a cover-up after the terrorist attacks in Libya and Egypt left four Americans dead. President Obama had expected, prior to the attacks, that authorizing the mission that ultimately killed Osama bin Laden would allow him a cushion on foreign policy and especially on terrorism. Bloomberg found that there is no such cushion. In fact, Mitt Romney leads Obama on trust on terrorism by six points, 48-42.