Skin in the game

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Some of the pundits on the Right now claim that the poor don’t pay their share of income taxes and thus don’t have any skin in the game, as they call exposure to our tax system. What they conveniently overlook is that the poor must pay payroll taxes, no matter their income level, and payroll taxes are severely regressive. If the pundits on the Right are serious about the poor paying income tax, they should support an immediate doubling of the minimum wage. Let the poor earn sufficient income to maintain a decent standard of living and they will be able to afford paying an income tax and will then have some skin in the game. That is why I support a living wage.