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Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY) – ‘GOP – Moron of the Day’

Rep. CHRIS GIBSON (R-NY)

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Via: Think Progress

At a town hall meeting last week, Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY) faced the ire of constituents who are upset about this tax dodging by some of our nation’s biggest corporations.

GIBSON: I think there’s a rational way to go forward that we’re going to be able to bring closure to this issue. I tell you there is one thing that you’re saying that’s true. there are people in our country that are not paying taxes because they’re illegal. And that’s gotta be addressed[…]

AUDIENCE MEMBER: You mean like GE?! [some laughter and light applause from audience.

GIBSON: Well, GE needs to pay their fair share, too. No, I support that, too.

http://thinkprogress.org/2011/04/25/chris-gibson-ge-taxes/

“I support that, too” – yeah, right!

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Via: USA Today –  ‘Many illegal Immigrants Pay Up at Tax Time’ 4/11/08

NASHVILLE — The tax system collects its due, even from a class of workers with little likelihood of claiming a refund and no hope of drawing a Social Security check.

Illegal immigrants are paying taxes to Uncle Sam, experts agree. Just how much they pay is hard to determine because the federal government doesn’t fully tally it. But the latest figures available indicate it will amount to billions of dollars in federal income, Social Security and Medicare taxes this year. One rough estimate puts the amount of SOCIAL SEURITY TAXES alone at around $9 BILLION per year.

Paycheck withholding collects much of the federal tax from illegal workers, just as it does for legal workers.

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Ford, of Middle Tennessee State University, said a majority of economists agree that illegal immigrants are a net benefit for the U.S. economy.

He said the tax contributions from illegal immigrants, including sales taxes, property taxes and excise taxes (such as the gas tax), are significant.

He calculates that illegal immigrants contributed $428 billion dollars to the nation’s $13.6 trillion gross domestic product in 2006. That number assumes illegal immigrants are 30% less productive than other workers.

“If anything we need more immigrants coming into the country, not less, especially with the baby boomers retiring,” he said.

http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/taxes/2008-04-10-immigrantstaxes_N.htm

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