Looking at the jobs report, and I noticed Atrios didn’t use the term “lucky duckies.” I forget that a lot of you may not be aware of all internet traditions and may not remember the origins of lucky duckies:
ucky duckies is a term that was used in Wall Street Journal editorials starting on 20 November 2002 to refer to Americans who pay no federal income tax because they are at an income level that is below the tax line (after deductions and credits). The term has outlived its original use to become a part of the informal terminology used in the tax reform debate in the United States.
The Journal defined the term in this way:
Who are these lucky duckies? They are the beneficiaries of tax policies that have expanded the personal exemption and standard deduction and targeted certain voter groups by introducing a welter of tax credits for things like child care and education. When these escape hatches are figured against income, the result is either a zero liability or a liability that represents a tiny percentage of income.
The worry of the Journal’s editorialist was that “as fewer and fewer people are responsible for paying more and more of all taxes, the constituency for tax cutting, much less for tax reform, is eroding. Workers who pay little or no taxes can hardly be expected to care about tax relief for everybody else. They are also that much more detached from recognizing the costs of government.”
You are so poor you don’t have to pay taxes- you lucky bastard!
That was 2002, when I was deep, deep in the kool-aid. Made me realize that when I actually think about it, the right wing didn’t just become insane recently. I just snapped out of it and realized they were crazy, and have been for quite some time.