Jindal's folly: Insisting the poor pay federal income taxes

Is raising taxes on poor people a conservative thing to do?

This notion — that we need to ensure that everyone pays at least a little bit of income tax — has taken hold on the American Right. Presidential candidate Bobby Jindal is actually campaigning on it.

Jindal's tax hike on the poor is actually the centerpiece of his plan. His "tax reform" webpage is headlined: "The Jindal Tax Reform Plan: Everyone Has to Have Some Skin in the Game."

Jindal calls it "a terrible mistake" that about 40 percent of Americans — a bit less than the 47 percent that Mitt Romney wrote off — pay zero federal income tax.

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