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Political Editors / Oct. 3, 2019

Americans Already Pay a Lot of Taxes

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren in particular want to raise them. One of them admits it.

A survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that in 2018 Americans on average spent more on taxes than on food, clothing, and healthcare combined. According to the survey, the American consumer paid an average $18,617.93 in taxes while spending $14,758.11 on food, clothing, and healthcare. Terence Jeffrey observes that this massive bill for government “has become an enduring fact of life.” And an unfortunate one at that.

Meanwhile, all the Democrat presidential candidates are trumpeting bigger government policy proposals that would necessitate tax increases to pay for them. And these proposals, like Bernie Sanders’s and Elizabeth Warren’s “Medicare for All,” would require tax increases across the board, not merely upon the wealthiest Americans. The trouble for Democrats is the vast majority of Americans don’t want to see tax increases.

At least Sanders has been honest in stating that his socialist policies will result in tax hikes on everyone, including the middle class. But Warren has played coy, and has steadfastly refused to admit to the truth. She dodges the question of middle-class tax hikes every time she is asked about it. Warren struggles to be honest about ethnicity, so it’s no wonder she is now struggling to be forthright about how much her policies would cost the average American voter.

Here is a montage of Warren repeatedly dodging the question of tax increases.

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