Yes (if it means serving the greater good)
No (no one has the right to decide how much wealth is too much)
check this out
ough the federal tax rate fell by more than half, total tax receipts in the 1980s doubled from $517 billion in 1981 to $1,030 billion in 1990. The top tax rate rose slightly under George H. W. Bush and then moved to 39.6 percent under Bill Clinton. But under George W. Bush it fell again to 35 percent. So what’s striking is that, even as tax rates have fallen by half over the past quarter-century, taxes paid by the wealthy have increased. Lower tax rates have made the tax system more progressive, not less so. In 1980, for example, the top 5 percent of income earners paid only 37 percent of all income taxes. Today, the top 1 percent pay that proportion, and the top 5 percent pay a whopping 57 percent.
You seem to see the glass empty. I see it mostly full. I like getting up in the morning with a smile on my face and go to bed the same way. I like the glass mostly full and it is.
“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.” -Napoleon
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Additionally, I don't believe we were in a recession in those years.
Additionally, as with any analysis of data, one cannot only point out the figures he or she likes best and attribute causation. Correlation does not = causation, as a lawyer I am sure you already knew this, so why make that argument. It could support of your hypothesis, but until other factors that could also account for an increase in tax receipts are ruled out, your hypothesis is what the scientific community would term "weak"
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Would a true liberal be willing to to add his or her Yes, No, or Unsure to these questions? If yes, please add a /after the second reply and add your own Y, N, or U. I'm just curious as to how the three of us would stack up. Thanks.
1.)Do you believe that vouchers to pay for k-12 education would provide for more competition if it included public, charter, private and parochial schools? Y/Y
2.) Is competition a good thing? Y/Y
3.) Do you support the concept of "gay marriages?" N/Y
4.) We should privatize SS - Y/U
5.) We should stop all 3rd payers (companies and govt) for healthcare insurance - Y/N
6.) Banning lightbulbs is not free enterprise and is not a good idea - Y/N
7.) The Bush tax cuts were taxes for the wealthy - N/N
8.) We should close down the Dept of Education - Y/U
9.) Abortion is morally wrong - Y/N
10.) It is proven that there is global warming and that it is man-made - N/Y
11.) Support President Obama's healthcare plan - N/Y
12.) If the debt ceiling is not lifted, it will be the fault of the GOP - N/N
13.) Drilling for oil and gas should be allowed in many more places - Y/Y
14.) There are far too many Federal regulations - Y/Y
15.) If we had no taxes on companies, we would not have an unemployment problem - Y/N
16.) The tax code should be gutted and replaced with a flat tax - Y/N
17.) The tax code should be gutted and replaced with a Natl Sales Tax - N/N
I took a little bit of liberty here with your answers. I think I have gotten our agreements and disagreements right, but could have one wrong. The U means Unsure.
Here is the tally:
We agree: 7/17
We disagree: 8/17
I will admit, there are certain topics for which I take a Liberal stance, however, as you can see, the number of topics I am truly Liberal on is probably closer to 50% of the issues than 75%.
What about you? How conservative do you think you are? Do you agree with all of their stances on the various issues?