Saddleback (mega-) Church's pastor Rick Warren's got a loose Twitter finger again, texting and then deleting a jab at those who want to raise the nation's debt ceiling.
"HALF of America pays NO taxes. Zero. So they're happy for tax rates to be raised on the other half that DOES pay taxes," chopsticked the Purpose Driven man of God's wealthiest children.
The Huffington Post (via its Newport Beach Patch) has the scoop.
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After an outcry from the likes of Politico, Wonkette and Jesus Christ himself ("Hey, fat ass, give the money to the poor , and you will have treasure in heaven"), Warren took the tweet down.
Saint Arianna's site notes that it isn't true that poorer Americans pay "zero" taxes.
While 47% of the population owed no income tax for 2009, these Americans still do pay payroll, sales, state, and local taxes. Many lower income families' tax burdens are reduced because of the Earned Income Tax Credit, a benefit awarded to people in lower tax brackets.
I see London, I see France, I see a certain Lake Forest pastor's underpants have become moth-eaten.