True: Half of Americans Don't Pay

Michael Steele explains that half of Americans don't pay federal income taxes, much to the chagrin of socialist David Corn on Hardball. But Politifact confirms the veracity of this oft-repeated conservative complaint.

Conservatives have a point that richer Americans pay the lion’s share of federal taxes. In 2007, according to the Urban-Brookings Center, the richest 20 percent paid 68.9 percent of federal taxes, and the top 1 percent paid 28.1 percent. (One would expect the rich to pay more, since they earn more, but these percentages are even higher than their share of the nation's total income.