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    Re: Voting For Obama Keeps Families Away From Each Other For Thanksgiving

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    I'm not really complaining about the pay. A good part of why we are in the 47% is that much of our compensation like BAH, a good portion of our medical, dental, and even life insurance isn't taxable. The rest is his base pay, but since the other stuff is paid for (and living in military housing, our utilities are part of our rent which is the BAH), our only bills are phone, cable, internet, car/renter's insurance, car payment, and a couple of small credit cards, and then buying groceries and other essentials. We live pretty comfortably on what we do make, it is just that we don't end up paying taxes on what would otherwise be taxable.
    Oh I know you can live quite comfortably while in the 47%. And I know you get good bennies. But I still believe that they should pay more to those that put thier lives on the line for this country.

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    I just don't like that there are some people who automatically consider anyone who is in that 47% as someone who doesn't work or who gives nothing and likely never gave anything and never will to their country. To me, that is a very narrow view and really only describes a very small percentage of that 47%, not anywhere close to the majority. And it makes it worse that they don't even think about the families like mine where one or both of the taxpayers in the family are military and its set up so that we are paying less taxes, through compensation for our duty in general and extra when we are in combat areas. Even many of those others who aren't military very likely gave back in other ways to their country, either in the year they are in the 47% or in previous years, or they may just do so in the future, whether it is through higher taxes or public service of some sort.
    I definitately understand this. I'm quite easily in the 47% yet both me and my wife work. Naturally I know lots of people in this catagory and with one exception every single one of them work.
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    Re: Voting For Obama Keeps Families Away From Each Other For Thanksgiving

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I'd imagine this is neither the first election nor the last that will be an excuse for dysfunctional families to stay apart on the holidays. I think, though, that Facebook has given many of these people a heads-up and a head-start. Ha!
    It might actually be better of some of these families stayed away from each other.
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    Re: Voting For Obama Keeps Families Away From Each Other For Thanksgiving

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    You know this is just ****ing sad as hell. Our military personnel should NOT be making so low a pay grade as to put them in the 47% bracket. They risk thier very lives for this country and get very little compensation for it? Not to mention the PTSD, nightmares, cold sweats and god knows what else our service members have to go through. Its one thing to pay a moderately low pay grade when the service members are sitting at home with never once having set foot in a war zone, quite another to pay them that same wage when they are in the war zone. Any service member that is out in the danger zones for at least 1 full tour should be recieving 5 times what a general sitting at home in the States should be making...particularly one thats never set foot in a war zone....and for the rest of thier lives. (so long as they are not dishonerably discharged that is)
    Its actually in the the tax code that all military personnel on active duty are exempt from federal income tax.
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    Re: Voting For Obama Keeps Families Away From Each Other For Thanksgiving

    I thought it was just my commrats and billeting that did not get taxed. I think I got taxed on my pay.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jonsa View Post
    Its actually in the the tax code that all military personnel on active duty are exempt from federal income tax.
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    Re: Voting For Obama Keeps Families Away From Each Other For Thanksgiving

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonsa View Post
    Its actually in the the tax code that all military personnel on active duty are exempt from federal income tax.
    You're going to have to prove this. I've been in 14 years, and I can tell you I have paid taxes (even if I got some of them back some years, particularly after I had my children) at least many of those on my base pay plus a couple of the extra pays I got. My bonus was only not taxed because I reenlisted in a combat zone.
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    Re: Voting For Obama Keeps Families Away From Each Other For Thanksgiving

    Yea, I am pretty sure we were taxed on base pay. Hey I was just out at MCRD early this month, is that where you are stationed?
    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    You're going to have to prove this. I've been in 14 years, and I can tell you I have paid taxes (even if I got some of them back some years, particularly after I had my children) at least many of those on my base pay plus a couple of the extra pays I got. My bonus was only not taxed because I reenlisted in a combat zone.
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    Re: Voting For Obama Keeps Families Away From Each Other For Thanksgiving

    The good news from this OP is that lives may have been saved. I suspect had more families gotten together, vehicular homicide rates would have gone way up.
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    Re: Voting For Obama Keeps Families Away From Each Other For Thanksgiving

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    You're going to have to prove this. I've been in 14 years, and I can tell you I have paid taxes (even if I got some of them back some years, particularly after I had my children) at least many of those on my base pay plus a couple of the extra pays I got. My bonus was only not taxed because I reenlisted in a combat zone.

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    Re: Voting For Obama Keeps Families Away From Each Other For Thanksgiving

    LOL

    I just don't talk about my political views with anyone in my family - my husband only is aware of 1/2 of what I really think.

    Because their view won't affect my vote.
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    Re: Voting For Obama Keeps Families Away From Each Other For Thanksgiving

    Quote Originally Posted by mak2 View Post
    Yea, I am pretty sure we were taxed on base pay. Hey I was just out at MCRD early this month, is that where you are stationed?
    I'm actually just in the reserves right now. Got off active at around 10 years in. My husband is active duty and was stationed here, but now has unaccompanied orders in Bahrain. Me and the boys live in the housing right across from MCRD though.
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