Allowing many people to have a shot at being uber-wealthy is dangerous
Making the uber-wealthy share the load would be bad for the economy
The middle class do not have as much of an influence on politics as the wealthy do
The idea that the middle class pay the most crippling amount of income tax is a myth
A few wealthy, a few more middle class and many lower class citizens is best
Haymarket, you cannot reason or explain to blind partisans with one special interest in the forefront of thier minds...they dont want to pay for anything. They want everything for free including Police and Fire Protection the roads they drive on, the electric they use any infrastructure or any services...after all they are the RICH they are the privledged and everyone else is a nothing.
This is the same feudal mindset that failed hundreds of years ago and caused the creation of america.
Talking to people like that is a waste of energy, they will respond with the same redundant excuses and/or whine incessantly.
A flat tax is the rich mans wet dream since it will give them a tax cut. And that is your only priority Turtle. Lets look at your various tax positions over the past few weeks:
1 - You insist that taxation should be based upon how much government services one utilizes and everyone should be taxed based on what they use like a retail shopping experience at Costco. You say this over and over and over again, you say this in thread after thread after thread. You cling to this the way a drowning man in the ocean clings to a piece of driftwood and refuse to give it up claiming that this is your sacred principle and is what is right and ethical.
2- You suddenly trash that position in favor of a 180 degree turn to the exact opposite - suddenly you favor a per capita tax where everyone pays the same regardless of what government services they consume or use. Your sacred principle went out the window, was smashed and trashed, was flushed down the porcelain receptacle in favor of the directly opposite approach. What happened to your sacred principle that you espoused for a very long time?
3 - Then you trash and bury the per capita idea in favor of a consumption tax which has nothing at all to do with government services that were the lynchpin in ideas #1 and #2.
And even though all three ideas are polar opposites of each other in principle, they all have one thing in common: they give Turtle a tax cut since they benefit the wealthy.
If you see as a PRINCIPLE the idea that what is good for Turtle is the final standard - then that seems to be what passes for principle in your eyes.
You have made it clear with your 180 pivots and reversals that you have no political principles - you have only your selfish interests at heart.
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