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    Re: Were the Bush Tax Cuts Good for Growth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Objective Voice View Post
    We're not talking about the man making political contributions to one political candidate or a political party. Buffet is just saying that over the last decade (at least) the wealthy have been given tax breaks and, as such, have amassed great wealth. They've had their opportunity to become even more successful and do what Republicans have claimed 'trickle-down economics" should have done, but now it's time for those who benefitted most from generous tax laws to start giving back more for the sake of their country.

    Republicans/Conservatives talk all this talk of patriatism, but the moment someone whom they've supported (i.e., a wealthy individual) speaks out against one of their core political mainstays (i.e., don't tax the rich, give them tax relief so that they can create jobs) and is proven wrong about it, suddenly this individual's credibility is called into question and the message becomes, "screw him! If he wants throw his money away, let him". That's a rather weak and pathetic line to take for someone of a weathy class your party claims to support.
    There is absolutely nothing that prevents Buffet or any other liberal billionaire to send more into the Federal Govt. in the form of a "contribution" but they never do, why? I have always said that liberals regardless of how rich want to spread misery equally to everyone else.

    You think it is Patriotic to demand more from someone else than others? If paying taxes is patriotic what does that make the 47% that don't pay any Federal Income taxes?

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    Re: Were the Bush Tax Cuts Good for Growth?

    Quote Originally Posted by UtahBill View Post
    If anybody thinks we need to do away with seperation of church and state, I would suggest you look at the middle east....
    The LAST thing we need is a bunch of "holy" men mixing in with a bunch of politicians. The speed at which ordinary citizen becomes crook will triple overnight...it will be a contest as to which group corrupts the other group the most..
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    The topic of this thread is "Were the Bush Tax Cuts Good for Growth" and the facts show that indeed they were.

    U.S. Department of Commerce. Bureau of Economic Analysis

    Some love showing how bad things were in 2008 yet the economy actually grew until the end of the year and we still ended up with a 14.4 trillion dollar economy. Compare that to the end of 2009 and then compare the economic plan put into place by Obama vs that of GW Bush. Here is the comparison between tax cuts for both. Pretty easy to see why the Obama tax cuts didn't really benefit the economy, too targeted and actually ignores the private sector.

    Obama Tax cuts

    Total: $288 billion

    [edit] Tax cuts for individuals

    Total: $237 billion
    • $116 billion: New payroll tax credit of $400 per worker and $800 per couple in 2009 and 2010. Phaseout begins at $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 for joint filers.[29]
    • $70 billion: Alternative minimum tax: a one year increase in AMT floor to $70,950 for joint filers for 2009.[29]
    • $15 billion: Expansion of child tax credit: A $1,000 credit to more families (even those that do not make enough money to pay income taxes).
    • $14 billion: Expanded college credit to provide a $2,500 expanded tax credit for college tuition and related expenses for 2009 and 2010. The credit is phased out for couples making more than $160,000.
    • $6.6 billion: Homebuyer credit: $8,000 refundable credit for all homes bought between 1/1/2009 and 12/1/2009 and repayment provision repealed for homes purchased in 2009 and held more than three years. This only applies to first-time homebuyers.[41]
    • $4.7 billion: Excluding from taxation the first $2,400 a person receives in unemployment compensation benefits in 2009.
    • $4.7 billion: Expanded earned income tax credit to increase the earned income tax credit — which provides money to low income workers — for families with at least three children.
    • $4.3 billion: Home energy credit to provide an expanded credit to homeowners who make their homes more energy-efficient in 2009 and 2010. Homeowners could recoup 30 percent of the cost up to $1,500 of numerous projects, such as installing energy-efficient windows, doors, furnaces and air conditioners.
    • $1.7 billion: for deduction of sales tax from car purchases, not interest payments phased out for incomes above $250,000.

    Bush Tax cuts

    Between 2001 and 2003, the Bush administration instituted a federal tax cut for all taxpayers. Among other changes, the lowest income tax rate was lowered from 15% to 10%, the 27% rate went to 25%, the 30% rate went to 28%, the 35% rate went to 33%, and the top marginal tax rate went from 39.6% to 35%.[3] In addition, the child tax credit went from $500 to $1000, and the "marriage penalty" was reduced. Since the cuts were implemented as part of the annual congressional budget resolution, which protected the bill from filibusters, numerous amendments, and more than 20 hours of debate, it had to include a sunset clause. Unless congress passes legislation making the tax cuts permanent, they will expire in 2011.
    Dude, really?

    UtahBill uses the state of affairs in the Middle East to illustrate how bad things can get if you allow religious to be a benchmark in your government's politics and all you can do in reply is once again use your copy-N-paste antics on individual taxes imposed under Pres. to refute him? Pathetic!

    Next time, try thinking outside the box for a change instead of duplicating rhetorical nonsense that's already been refuted - by me no less (not that I'm an authority on the matter, but the rationale behind the Obama taxes mentioned above are common-sense tax credits/cuts. It doesn't take a mathmatical genius to figure out why they were implemented.)

    Quote Originally Posted by Conservative View Post
    There is absolutely nothing that prevents Buffet or any other liberal billionaire to send more into the Federal Govt. in the form of a "contribution" but they never do, why? I have always said that liberals regardless of how rich want to spread misery equally to everyone else.
    For starters, that little "$3 checkbox" on your federal tax return is hardly enough for any multi-millionaire to make a substaintial campaign contribution.

    Second, this isn't a campaign contributions. It's about taxes!

    Third, you are correct in that if the wealthy wanted to help out their fellow man, they could donate to charities, but I'm sure most already do that and, as such, the write that donation off on their taxes anyway. So, it's really not the same thing now, is it?

    Forth, Buffet is talking about doing what's right here. He knows he and his peers have been the beneficiaries of tax laws that have been swung heavily in their favor for quiet some time. All he's saying is it's time for those who have benefitted from favorable tax laws and have become rich as a result to start giving back. And the best, sure-fire way to do that is for the federal government to increase their tax liability. And in these hard, economic times it only makes sense that "those who can, do!" I mean, how can someone like you who proclaims patriatism be so against this?

    You think it is Patriotic to demand more from someone else than others? If paying taxes is patriotic what does that make the 47% that don't pay any Federal Income taxes?
    Once again, you get me wrong, sir. Who's "demanding" anything here? Mr. Buffet is saying, "I don't need the added tax benefit. I've benefitted mightily from the very generous tax breaks over the years, in particular the Bush tax cuts! It's time I and others like me to start giving back. Tax me!" So, if he and other wealthy individuals are saying this very same thing, why then do you have such a heartburn with the truth of which they speak?
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    Re: Were the Bush Tax Cuts Good for Growth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Objective Voice View Post
    Dude, really?

    UtahBill uses the state of affairs in the Middle East to illustrate how bad things can get if you allow religious to be a benchmark in your government's politics and all you can do in reply is once again use your copy-N-paste antics on individual taxes imposed under Pres. to refute him? Pathetic!

    Next time, try thinking outside the box for a change instead of duplicating rhetorical nonsense that's already been refuted - by me no less (not that I'm an authority on the matter, but the rationale behind the Obama taxes mentioned above are common-sense tax credits/cuts. It doesn't take a mathmatical genius to figure out why they were implemented.)
    What I did was bring the comments back on topic. What exactly have you refuted? I gave you non partisan data and you counter with predictions and projections that have never been right. What the sites I gave you show is the affects of the Bush and Obama tax cuts that you want to ignore.

    Only in the liberal world is it common sense for a liberal govt. to pick the winners and losers. That is why Obama took a shellacking on Nov. 2, and why his approval ratings today continue to drop.
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    Re: Were the Bush Tax Cuts Good for Growth?

    I appreciated the tax cuts.
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    Re: Were the Bush Tax Cuts Good for Growth?

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    Yes, it sure does, does your? Cite for me the separation of church and state for me.
    And you too sir have a problem with the way it is interpreted by the Supreme Court. Apparently there is what is and there is what you wish it would be. But take comfort in that a certain witch in Delaware agrees with you.
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    Re: Were the Bush Tax Cuts Good for Growth?

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    And you too sir have a problem with the way it is interpreted by the Supreme Court. Apparently there is what is and there is what you wish it would be. But take comfort in that a certain witch in Delaware agrees with you.
    And you have a problem with religion, what are you afraid of. Choose to worship whoever or whatever you want but don't tell me that Freedom OF Religion is the same as Freedom FROM Religion.

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    Re: Were the Bush Tax Cuts Good for Growth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Conservative View Post
    And you have a problem with religion, what are you afraid of. Choose to worship whoever or whatever you want but don't tell me that Freedom OF Religion is the same as Freedom FROM Religion.
    I have no problem with religion and am not afraid of it. I fully and completely support the First Amendment and all rights enumerated in it.
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    Re: Were the Bush Tax Cuts Good for Growth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Conservative View Post
    And you have a problem with religion, what are you afraid of. Choose to worship whoever or whatever you want but don't tell me that Freedom OF Religion is the same as Freedom FROM Religion.

    I choose to be free of religion. Do you have some time to talk? I would love to witness you as to the salvation of being free from religion.

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    Re: Were the Bush Tax Cuts Good for Growth?

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    I choose to be free of religion. Do you have some time to talk? I would love to witness you as to the salvation of being free from religion.
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    Re: Were the Bush Tax Cuts Good for Growth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    The question eventually comes down to whether the government can handle finances more effectively than the individual. There seems to be those who feel that the government should have more money in order to create jobs, wealth, or some such thing. This argument appears to be that because tax cuts didn't create enough jobs taxpayers should send Washington more money and maybe it will happen this time. Maybe it will.

    But the smart money says otherwise.
    Alright, I'll give you that our government wastes tons of our tax dollars every year, but a large part of that IS NOT from the social programs that the critics complain about. A vast majority of it comes from military/defense spending mostly under the heading of "national security". Take the Department of Homeland Defense, for example. Very few people are aware that in order to form this department, several government agencies had to be realigned, and in doing so they took their multi-billion budgets with them. Their budget for 2007 alone was over $44 billion! But what exactly has the DHS done with those billions since being enacted by law?

    Don't get me wrong; I want the DHS to do well. I want them and all of their minor intelligence divisions to catch the bad guys. But if we're going to talk about wasteful government spending, let's really talk about it instead of laying blame on programs designed to help the poor and the distitude where most of the authority for such programs is levelled at the States, not the fed.

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