Ari Fleischer has some strange ideas about income taxes

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I just heard Ari Fleischer say this on the Daily Show:

You can’t have a country that’s strong when you have 45% of the population not paying any income tax.

Does this man know anything about the history of the income tax? No, obviously not. So let me share a fun fact from the Treasury Department. In the early years of the federal income tax, which was enacted in 1913, 99% of the population didn’t have to pay it. What a terribly weak country we were back then.

This isn’t Ari Fleischer’s first foray into profound dimwittedness on income taxes. What’s up with that? Is he thinking of running for office or something?