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"When it comes to paying income taxes, zero is just another number, not the minimum amount one can "pay". "
Quite right. The earned income tax credit has awarded people a negative tax burden (read "free government handout") for some time and Obama campaigned on a platform to increase it. His opponent accused him of supporting redistribution of wealth, which is clearly what this is. As the suffering of the underclass increases during this recession, so will the pressure to "soak the rich" in order to help the poor, something that can only further damage the economic recovery prospects.
RE: "so will the pressure to "soak the rich" in order to help the poor, something that can only further damage the economic recovery prospects."
The main problem with this redistribution of income is that it's not the rich that are being soaked. The group that's being soaked is working people who happen to temporarily earn a little bit more or be single. Since single people make up the vast majority of the elderly who live in poverty, the outcome of this income redistribution is pretty clear. It's impossible to save for one's own future needs if the government plays Robin Hood with our earnings.