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The One Percent in New York

This graph shows how many taxpayers in New York fall into one of these categories: Less then 200k (red), 200k-500k (orange), 500k-$1 million (yellow), and one million plus (light yellow).

As you can see, only a small percentage of each county makes more then 200k, even in New York City where the cost of living is much higher. Columns are the percent of the total tax filings, and is per household for joint filiers.

As you can see in many counties in New York State, households that make more then $200k a year are the one percent, or only a few percent beyond that.

Data Source: RocDocs Wealthy Taxpayers in New York State, 2013. http://rochester.nydatabases.com/database/wealthy-taxpayers-new-york-state

AMT: Congress Takes Aim At Tax Rules That Hit Hardest At Upper Middle Class

"Scrapping the AMT would lower the potential tax hit for affluent families. But the AMT has survived for decades because it generates a lot of money for government coffers."

"Eliminating the AMT would cost the U.S. government some $700 billion in revenue over the next decade, about half the estimated price tag for the tax bill Congress is now considering."

"It would also potentially remove some of the constraints on the use of tax shelters by the wealthy, allowing taxpayers to take advantage of more loopholes and deductions, Gale notes."

Google Maps: Median Property Tax By County

A major cost of living in New York State is taxes. We have very high property taxes, but then again does much of New England. The median property tax bill in Albany County, NY is $4,200, while the median property tax bill in the mountain country of Webster County, WV is $268. In much of the south, especially away from the oceans and metropolitan areas, property taxes are much lower then in our area. You can understand why many people, especially seniors to choose to move to lower tax states.

Data Source: MORTGAGE STATUS BY AGGREGATE REAL ESTATE TAXES PAID (DOLLARS). Universe: Owner-occupied housing units, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_15_5YR_B25090&prodType=table

Nancy Pelosi’s claims on middle-income taxpayers and state and local tax deductions

"This is a good example of how tax data can be manipulated. Pelosi is usually eager to point out that wealthy Americans will mostly benefit from broad-based tax cuts. In this case, wealthier Americans would mainly feel the effects of a broad-based elimination of a tax break"

"But in this case, Pelosi chooses to ignore the distributional tables and instead focus on the absolute number of people affected, even if the impact is mostly felt by the rich. She earns two Pinocchios."

After Controversy Over Condolence Calls, Can Trump And The White House Refocus?

"Part of the problem for Americans is the disconnect Panetta highlights between the military and the rest of society. In 1945, just before the end of World War II, there were 12 million active servicemembers. Now, there are just over a million or so."

"They're the best 1 percent this country produces," White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said Thursday in his defense of President Trump in the White House briefing room.

"It's actually less than 1 percent. That number in 1945 represented roughly 9 percent of the country's total population. Now, the number of active-duty servicemembers is only about 0.4 percent of the population."

"Most of you, as Americans, don't know them," Kelly continued. "Many of you don't know anyone that knows any one of them."

"Americans are far less engaged in the debate over worldwide American missions than they likely would be if they had a daughter or son or neighbor in the fight. That has to have an effect on American society and policymaking."

Map: Murders By Rifle

Map: Murders By Rifle

Gun control advocates always clammer for more regulations of modern sporting rifles everytime there is a so-called mass shooting that gets a dispropationate amount of news coverage, because it's good for selling Kia Automobiles and laundry soap. Key to the news media business profits is obessively reporting what gets upper-middle clas suburban housewives to turn on television and watch the advertisements for soap and jalopies.

But the truth is rifles of all types (modern sporting rifles, conventional deer and big game rifles, and .22s) only were used for 374 murders in 2016. There were approximently 323 million Americans so only about 1.2 people were murdered per million by rifles. Indeed, many of the murders were in rural like Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Vermont, so one could assume that many were with deer and big game rifles, rather then modern sporting rifles. We don't know for sure, because detailed statistics beyond general classes of firearms aren't avaliable -- and some states don't report complete or accurate statistics.