In 2009, Americans paid lowest tax rates in 30 years

The Washington Post reports on the latest from the CBO:

Americans paid the lowest tax rates in 30 years to the federal government in 2009, in part because of tax cuts President Obama sought to combat the Great Recession, congressional budget analysts said Tuesday.

The irony here isn’t lost on the Post:

[A]t the very moment anti-tax protesters were emerging as the most powerful force in American politics, handing Republicans landslide control of the U.S. House, the data show that people were sending the smallest portion of their income to the federal government since 1979.

Hmm. It’s almost as if the Tea Baggers aren’t concerned with facts at all…

Worth noting, though, that it wasn’t just because of tax cuts.  From Slate:

In part, the tax decline was due to the dramatic decrease in average income that year, an effect of the Great Recession that caused many Americans to slide down into lower tax brackets.

So the complete tanking of the economy was a large driver of this development, too.  And that’s certainly not cause for celebration.

Even so, the narrative of “Obama’s tax increases are killing the economy” is pretty completely undermined by these facts, and it suggests that the Tea Party folks — whose rallying cry is “Taxed Enough Already” — may not be the most historically well-informed citizens we have in the union.

But, to be fair, the Boston Tea Party is a real thing that happened.  So credit to them on that.

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