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    Re: U.S. Corporate Tax Rate Is 2nd Highest in Industrialized World

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Pollution taxes, as a from of permanent revenue wouldn't do anything but kill jobs.
    Sure it would. It would force the people who CAUSE the pollution to pay to clean it up, instead of forcing the public as a whole to pay to clean it up.

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    Re: U.S. Corporate Tax Rate Is 2nd Highest in Industrialized World

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Sure it would. It would force the people who CAUSE the pollution to pay to clean it up, instead of forcing the public as a whole to pay to clean it up.
    Yeah, screw all those working folks. Who needs jobs, since there aren't any income taxes. Right? They can get on welfare, instead of working.
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    Re: U.S. Corporate Tax Rate Is 2nd Highest in Industrialized World

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Yeah, screw all those working folks. Who needs jobs, since there aren't any income taxes. Right? They can get on welfare, instead of working.
    So you're in favor of taxing the public to clean up someone's mess, instead of making the person responsible clean it up? Whatever happened to conservatives who were in favor of personal responsibility instead of publicly funded big government?
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    Re: U.S. Corporate Tax Rate Is 2nd Highest in Industrialized World

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Sure it would. It would force the people who CAUSE the pollution to pay to clean it up, instead of forcing the public as a whole to pay to clean it up.
    Assuming that those taxes actually go to cleaning up that pollution. Given government's track record, I don't have much confidence in that being the case.
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    Re: U.S. Corporate Tax Rate Is 2nd Highest in Industrialized World

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Sure it would. It would force the people who CAUSE the pollution to pay to clean it up, instead of forcing the public as a whole to pay to clean it up.
    Wouldn't it be better to fine the polluters instead of taxing everyone?

    Oh, wait, there's already laws against pollution, with fines. I guess there's absolutely no practical need for a special tax, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    Wouldn't it be better to fine the polluters instead of taxing everyone?

    Oh, wait, there's already laws against pollution, with fines. I guess there's absolutely no practical need for a special tax, too.
    You say potato, I say po-tah-to. You can call it a fine or you can call it a tax. In either case, money is flowing out of the pockets of the polluters and into the pocket of the government.

    This is the way it should be, so that the public doesn't have to absorb the cost of the environmental damage associated with specific acts by specific people/companies.
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    Re: U.S. Corporate Tax Rate Is 2nd Highest in Industrialized World

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    You say potato, I say po-tah-to. You can call it a fine or you can call it a tax. In either case, money is flowing out of the pockets of the polluters and into the pocket of the government.

    This is the way it should be, so that the public doesn't have to absorb the cost of the environmental damage associated with specific acts by specific people/companies.
    No, I'm saying "potato", you're saying "kumquat".

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    Re: U.S. Corporate Tax Rate Is 2nd Highest in Industrialized World

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    So you're in favor of taxing the public to clean up someone's mess, instead of making the person responsible clean it up? Whatever happened to conservatives who were in favor of personal responsibility instead of publicly funded big government?
    Killing jobs, just to make the companies clean up whatever pollution they are alleged to have created is like shooting yourself in the foot.

    How about we put everybody to work, stop wasting money of entitlement programs and use that money to clean up whatever pollution there is? Or, would that make too much sense?
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    Re: U.S. Corporate Tax Rate Is 2nd Highest in Industrialized World

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Killing jobs, just to make the companies clean up whatever pollution they are alleged to have created is like shooting yourself in the foot.
    That doesn't make sense. If Acme Widgets breaks into the state treasury and steals a lot of money from the public, should they be allowed to get away with it as long as they use that money to create jobs? Of course not.

    Your attitude that companies should be allowed to harm the public as long as they are creating jobs is bizarre to say the least. Fortunately, I know that MOST conservatives still support small government and personal responsibility, even if you don't.

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst
    How about we put everybody to work, stop wasting money of entitlement programs and use that money to clean up whatever pollution there is? Or, would that make too much sense?
    The public would still be footing the bill for some individual's/company's actions, which means that there would be no incentive for the offender not to do it again.
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    Re: U.S. Corporate Tax Rate Is 2nd Highest in Industrialized World

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Yeah, screw all those working folks.
    So screw everyone who lives in the area where the work is done? By your reasoning, we should just dumb radioactive waste anywhere we please because proper storage costs jobs. Do I assume rightly that you have no problem with a nuclear power company dumping 10 tons of highly radioactive waste of your front law?

    Who needs jobs, since there aren't any income taxes. Right? They can get on welfare, instead of working.
    Who can go to work when they are suffering from various diseases due to improper pollution controls?

    Unless you're one of the people who thinks that 50 parts per thousand of arsenic in your water is okay!
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