The rich while I can't think of any particular survey definately do far more traveling business and recreational than middle-class and poor people so use our infrastructure far more.
The rich own more land and typically corporations or a group owns much of the farm land in the United States nowadays, and is heavily subsidized by the government otherwise they pay more out of their pockets.
The rich would probably much rather have a decent educated guy selling them coffee, cleaning their cars, etc otherwise if they don't know math or whatever the simpliest thing may be, they could be paying more than they should for services. You need schools funded so you have that, and so when they hire people to their businesses they aren't retarded and screwing up, therfore costing them money
It's simple though; who do you think pays more for insurance, the guy with the Honda Civic, or the guy with Jaguar? Isn't there more at stake and a bigger investment with the guy with the Jag?
"We’re going to close the unproductive tax loopholes that allow some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share. In theory, some of those loopholes were understandable, but in practice they sometimes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing, while a bus driver was paying ten percent of his salary, and that’s crazy." -Reagan
try to get some real proof. Education is paid for by property taxes, roads are paid for by gasoline taxes. there are airport taxes as well.
what do the rich get from Medicare and Medicaid? from AFDC type programs. Guess who makes up the majority of people in federal prisons? guess how much that costs per person? when rich people get convicted they are hit with massive fines and forfeitures. so they often pay for the cost of their prosecution. The vast majority of people in prison were poor or lower middle class and they mainly prey on their peers
again a flat tax or consumption tax would still result in the rich paying far far more-it would prevent people like you and your choices for congress jacking up my taxes while leaving your rate alone
2) There is no such thing as a death tax. Substantially everyone gets to die without having to pay taxes. Those with wealth do have a tax. While I agree that the $1 million threshold on the estate tax is much too low, the concept of the estate tax is among the most equitable of all taxes. You have to raise revenue. Every dollar collected from an estate tax relieves the need to collect a dollar against income or spending from those that are living and trying to balance their personal budgets. As Americans we believe in the idea of keeping what you earn. Passing an estate from one generation to another is not rewarding earning, it rewarding being a member of the lucky womb club. This transfer of wealth works to concentrate it ( potential investment capital) with those with no proven competence to appropriately deploy it. Since you have to tax, taxing here should be the least painful of all. Granted the mechanics need work (including the definition of an estate), but the concept of an estate tax is quite sound.
The idea that we somehow need to protect the very wealthy in this country from excessive taxation (which is at its lowest levels in 50 years) is absurd. This type of political sideshow is exactly why this country is in serious do-do. There is no sense of duty to country among its citizens, just a sense of duty to self and letting the weaker suffer to pay the consequences of our collective malfeasance.
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The real mystery in America is why any of the other 98% fall down on their knees to service the wealthy against their own self interest. You cannot really blame Turteldude for defending his fellow billionaires. He lives there up on the big hill in that 27 room McMansion with the Olympic sized swimming pool filled with $100 dollar bills and he wants to keep it that way. I can see how he defends his life style, why he wants to keep his servants and all that goes with it. I can understand why he makes such frequent posts here defending the rich when his fellow wealthy send him nice checks for carrying the water for them. No problem there.
But why would somebody making 40 or 50 grand a year struggling to make ends meet stick their neck out to give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to wealthy people? Do they simply like the taste of kissing the wealthy rears? Do they labor under the delusion that somehow, someway, someday they too will become the next Bill Gates and then everybody else can pucker up behind them?
I have this no account brother-in law who has gone from one lowest rung on the ladder sales job to another over the last 35 years. He never advances and never has two nickels to rub together. He has no retirement package as he has changed jobs at least twenty times and his wife is even worse off than he is. But he listens religiously to Limbaugh, thinks that Beck does not need a toilet in his house because the great god is above such human problems, and defends the rich with the zeal that Turtle does right here.
stupid stupid stupid. Do you think the rich love such people as their equals or do they laugh at them with thinly veiled contempt?
Its a strange strange world we live in Master Jack.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
You also don't understand the financial situation of others either so don't know whether or not those paying no taxes can afford to pay any but you continue to defend them. I asked you since you are concerned about fairness, is that fair?
My goal and I have been successful at it is to show liberals for eactly who they are, jealous, power hungry individuals who want to keep people dependent on them. If you work and pay taxes, you got a tax cut from President Bush and are benefiting from that today. Instead of worrying about yourself and how you can become less dependent on the govt, you are worried about what others make, what others pay in taxes, and whether or not someone else is paying their fair share. Doesn't look to me like you even understand what fair really means. Do some research and find out exactly how much the rich pay in taxes instead of making a fool of yourself by talking about fairness in the tax code.
I responded to your comments about creating jobs but of course as usual you ignored that response.
That is really scary if that is what you think, we need a military to protect the assets of the rich? That is what the police do and they are funded by state and local taxes. Again you don't understand taxes at all.JohnWOlin;1059139778]The rich have more at stake obviously, they need an army to protect their assets, that not even a Brinks security could protect of course.
Of course you cannot think of a survey because there is none. Infrastructure is funded by excise taxes on gasoline, diesel, and other use taxes, not Federal Income taxes. I really worry about people like you who don't understand the various taxes and their use.The rich while I can't think of any particular survey definately do far more traveling business and recreational than middle-class and poor people so use our infrastructure far more.
Another misinformed statement based upon your own personal opinion. Prove that comment.The rich own more land and typically corporations or a group owns much of the farm land in the United States nowadays, and is heavily subsidized by the government otherwise they pay more out of their pockets.
Pure speculation on your part based upon lack of understanding of taxes, human behavior, and personal responsibility.The rich would probably much rather have a decent educated guy selling them coffee, cleaning their cars, etc otherwise if they don't know math or whatever the simpliest thing may be, they could be paying more than they should for services. You need schools funded so you have that, and so when they hire people to their businesses they aren't retarded and screwing up, therfore costing them money
The people that own things pay for insurance as they should. What a poor argument, insurance for a civic is a lot less than the insurance for a Jaguar, again those with the higher assets pay more.It's simple though; who do you think pays more for insurance, the guy with the Honda Civic, or the guy with Jaguar? Isn't there more at stake and a bigger investment with the guy with the Jag?