The haggardness of poverty is everywhere seen contrasted with the sleekness of wealth, the exhorted labor of some compensating for the idleness of others, wretched hovels by the side of stately colonnades, the rags of indigence blended with the ensigns of opulence; in a word, the most useless profusion in the midst of the most urgent wants.Jean-Baptiste Say
I agree everyone should face the same tax burden since everyone has the same government enforced rights. that means everyone pays the same AMOUNT of taxes.
Everyone uses the services the government provides. Everyone uses federal highways, everyone is protected by the military, everyone has social security, everyone has medicare, everyone is affected by the gov investing in science and technology, etc.
Last edited by Gargantuan; 06-11-11 at 08:20 PM.
everyone gets essentially the same government benefits.
why should someone pay more because they work harder and smarter?
does the McDonald's charge me more than you for a burger
does the car dealer have a price schedule based on your income?
does the local bowling alley charge a millionaire 5 bucks a game but 2 dollars for a middle class person and 50C for a guy making minimum wage?
if someone making 20K a year cannot pay 8K a year in taxes maybe he will stop engaging in activities or voting for politicians who drive up the costs.
bottom line, the only reason why we have a progressive tax is because those who pay artificially low taxes can out vote those of us who pay artificially high taxes.
THey are not paying more for working harder and smarter. You are not understanding. You are paying the same thing, and getting hurt in the same manner. I don't agree with tax hikes for the rich at all. I don't agree with solving our problems by raising the taxes on the rich to 50% and saying bye bye. THat wouldn't be fair.
It's not about actual monetary value of the taxes, it's about your burden. Taking 10% from someone earning 25k a year is hurting them in the same manner as taking 28% from someone like me earning 205 a year as a family.
Last edited by Gargantuan; 06-11-11 at 08:28 PM.
there are three issues
1) what you get
2) what you pay
3) what the effect of doing 2 has upon you
the poor get the same
if they pay the same amount then they are no different from the rich
but yes it has more of an effect on them
but that DOES NOT change the fact that 1) they got the same benefits
its the same with any other service
I buy a car, a pauper buys the same car
we get the same value
we each pay 29,000 dollars. that might require him to take out a loan and forego eating steak for 3 years. Me, its less than I make in a month (far less).
so #3 is different. but you cannot deny we got the same value for the same amount of money