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Obama Strikes Out With Voters

3/30/2008 6:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Barack ObamaNo, he can't! Bowl, that is.

Barack hit the lanes in Pennsylvania yesterday, where he bowled a 37. He did, however, don a size 13½ bowling shoe. You know what they say about candidates with big feet ...

Big tax breaks!

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31.

PJ    

The only ones who won't get a tax break are the rich A_ _ Holes who don't need are deserve it anyway.
Obama will be in the white house, and thats good. That's real good.
I'll get a big kick out of it.
Go Barack.

2313 days ago
32.

bryan    

that happend to be in altoona, pa, just right up the street from where i live, he also stoppped at the local hot dog shop for lunch, what a great guy, to bad im republican

2313 days ago
33.

Aileen somean    

What next obama uses a porta potty. Big news! woop dee doo!

2313 days ago
34.

debeer    

" a tax break are the rich A_ _ Holes who don't need are deserve it anyway"

Who are you to make that statement? Get an education, work hard and have some low rent low life like yourself steal your earnings? Typical Barry O supporter. Wants handouts for nothing. Gotta have dem benefits

2313 days ago
35.

Patricia    

All the people taunting and bullying Hillary don't know how bad they look. If the democrats really want to win they have to remember an important fact. It took a Clinton to BEAT the republicans in '92 and '96 and it will take a Clinton to BEAT the republicans in 2008. In 16 years no other democrat has been able to beat the republicans even when there was an unpopular war going on--- Neither Gore nor Kerry could beat the republicans in 2000 or 2004.

2313 days ago
36.

debeer    

Barry O? You have been bamboozled...hoodwinked.. Kool aid drinkers watch and cry.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Y7OFLl3asg

2313 days ago
37.

gifford    

Obama will simply take the tax breaks being given to the rich, and to the companies who are getting big breaks while sending our jobs overseas, and give them to the middle class and poor...it's not a big arithmetical dilemna...the people who are reaping the most of the harvest from the U.S. should be paying the most on that money and the people reaping the least should pay the least...

2313 days ago
38.

debeer    

gifford You are either ignorant or lying. Read and learn...

http://www.american.com/archive/2007/november-december-magazine-contents/guess-who-really-pays-the-taxes


The following is data for 2001. The share of total income taxes paid by the top 1% fell to 33.89% from 37.42% in 2000. This is mainly because their income share (not just wages) fell from 20.81% to 17.53%. However, their average tax rate actually rose slightly from 27.45% to 27.50%.

*Data covers calendar year 2001, not fiscal year 2001 - and includes all income, not just wages, excluding Social Security

This proves that it was not the tax cut that caused revenues from the rich to fall, but the recession and the stock market crash. In other words, you live by the sword, you die by the sword. If you are going to benefit from the rich paying more taxes, due to progressivity, on the upside, you are going to lose more revenue from these people on the downside. This is a good argument for reducing progressivity.

Think of it this way: less than four dollars out of every $100 paid in income taxes in the United States is paid by someone in the bottom 50% of wage earners. Are the top half millionaires? Noooo, more like "thousandaires." The top 50% were those individuals or couples filing jointly who earned $26,000 and up in 1999. (The top 1% earned $293,000-plus.) Americans who want to are continuing to improve their lives - and those who don't want to, aren't. Here are the wage earners in each category and the percentages they pay:

Top 5% pay 53.25% of all income taxes (Down from 2000 figure: 56.47%). The top 10% pay 64.89% (Down from 2000 figure: 67.33%). The top 25% pay 82.9% (Down from 2000 figure: 84.01%). The top 50% pay 96.03% (Down from 2000 figure: 96.09%). The bottom 50%? They pay a paltry 3.97% of all income taxes. The top 1% is paying more than ten times the federal income taxes than the bottom 50%! And who earns what? The top 1% earns 17.53 (2000: 20.81%) of all income. The top 5% earns 31.99 (2000: 35.30%). The top 10% earns 43.11% (2000: 46.01%); the top 25% earns 65.23% (2000: 67.15%), and the top 50% earns 86.19% (2000: 87.01%) of all the income.

The Rich Earned Their Dough, They Didn't Inherit It (Except Ted Kennedy)

The bottom 50% is paying a tiny bit of the taxes, so you can't give them much of a tax cut by definition. Yet these are the people to whom the Democrats claim to want to give tax cuts. Remember this the next time you hear the "tax cuts for the rich" business. Understand that the so-called rich are about the only ones paying taxes anymore.

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39.

Area 51    

ANYONE between the ages of 5 and 105 could beat a 37. I honestly think I would have a shot at topping that blindfolded.

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40.

john    

I am excited that Barack Obama is featured by TMZ. He is truly a compelling and exciting figure. I know he will make a good president.

2313 days ago
41.

J Boyd    

Well, I do believe the White House has a bowling alley, and maybe Rock can work his game then WHEN he is president. But I'd much rather see him build the hoops court he promised. Let's see, we can spend trillions of dollars and snuff out millions of lives with war, or Rock can run Bin Laden up and down the court for 45 minutes!

And for you haters and bigots out there...I really wonder if you all know how everyone is laughing at you.

2313 days ago
42.

K    

It's time for the next generation. Can't F4ck it up more than the last. Can only go up.
McCain is waaaaayyyyy to ooolllldddd!!!!!

2313 days ago
43.

Moesha    

Hello....Democrats INCREASE TAXES. Gee...these TMZ people are so stupid!!!

2312 days ago
44.

T-Fed    

Noticed he even picked a black ball...

2312 days ago
45.

Alexa    

"For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country."

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