I am wealthy, and favor tax hikes for the wealthy
I am not wealthy, and favor tax hikes for the wealthy
I am wealthy, and against tax hikes for the wealthy
I am not wealthy, and against tax hikes for the wealthy
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
I am fairly wealthy. I am in favor of significant tax increases to pay down the debt (and God help the Hollywood types or ANYONE that earns their income in the US and runs and hides it in other places). Im in favor of a specific and targeted plan to cut spending and pay down the debt with the tax increases sundowned within a set time limit. Im also VERY MUCH in favor of gutting social services and limiting them (payable ONLY at the state level) to thse TRULY in need and VERY MUCH in favor of promoting personal responsiblity so there are less parasites on the system.
On a federal level, you bet I think it's time the wealthiest 1% pony up their share. For decades, these are the people who have literally bought their tax loopholes and favorable tax breaks by bribing congress with campaign contributions in return for favorable legislation. They pay a fraction of the percentage of gross income that the middleclass pays, because they can use these breaks and loopholes to get their taxable income down to a pittance.
Do I resent hell out of the fact that these people have the government in their very deep pockets? Oh, you bet I do.
Define wealthy? I'm well off but I wouldn't say "wealthy".
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.
To answer the poll question: Yes, I support higher taxes on the wealthy. It's not a matter of "class warfare," it's a matter of the federal government being able to pay its bills. And it makes more sense to tax people who actually HAVE money to tax, than to tax people who don't.
Last edited by Kandahar; 07-03-11 at 12:14 AM.
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"It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this." Bertrand Russell
I'm for a flat tax above a certain amount (however much it takes to 'live comfortably') and a progressive tax below that.
"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)