“The top 1 percent pay 38 percent of the income taxes in America. You know, how much more do you want them to pay? ”
- Speaker of the House, John Boehner, to Christiane Amanpour on “This Week’ yesterday, employing the ubiquitous right wing meme, the "Poor Rich People Mantra" in defense of Republican policies.
Boehner also implied that the Occupy Wall Street protests were about class warfare, and yet, in 2010, the wealthiest 1% of U.S. citizens held 70% of all U.S. financial assets. 70%. And still, the 1% don’t pay a fair share of taxes, skating by through the use of a tax code which favors the rich.