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    Are you part of the majority of Americans who feel the rich should pay higher taxes?

    Should taxes be raised on the rich?

    If you only watched Fox News or listened to / read any conservative talking points, you'd probably think 75 percent of Americans are Tea Party activists who oppose all tax increases.

    Now if you lived in the real world you'd know that for a long time now the majority of Americans have been in favor of raising taxes on the rich. Poll after poll after poll has been showing this, yet the Republicans continue to try to put this "class warfare" idea on the backs of Obama and the Democrats. All while claiming they have the majority on their side.

    The Republicans may have some fooled, but not me...

    January, 2011: Most Americans say tax rich to balance budget: poll | Reuters
    Sixty-one percent of Americans polled would rather see taxes for the wealthy increased as a first step to tackling the deficit, the poll showed.
    April, 2011: Poll: Raise taxes on wealthy, leave Medicare, Medicaid alone - The Hill's On The Money
    On taxes, the poll reported that roughly two out of three registered voters — 64 percent — would be in favor of increasing taxes on annual income over $250,000.
    Sept, 2011 (Poll done in July, 2011): Obama deficit cuts popular in polls - Behind the Numbers - The Washington Post
    Fully 72 percent of Americans supported raising taxes on those with incomes over $250,000 in the July Post-ABC survey.
    Nationally, support for upper income tax hikes is much higher among Democrats (87 percent) and independents (73 percent) than among Republicans (54 percent).
    Sept, 2011: Should taxes on millionaires be boosted? – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs
    According to a CNN/ORC International Poll conducted last month, 63 percent of the public said they were OK with any deficit reduction bill passed by Congress that included increased taxes on higher-income Americans and businesses, with 36 percent opposed to the idea.

    Of course you can disagree with the idea that we should raise taxes on the rich... but you cannot claim that you have the majority on your side.
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    Re: Are you part of the majority of Americans who feel the rich should pay higher tax

    Yes, and it's an overwhelming majority.
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    Re: Are you part of the majority of Americans who feel the rich should pay higher tax

    I'm not for soaking the rich. I'm not for taxing the @#$% out of them. However, I have a big problem with GE paying no taxes and getting corporate welfare to boot. I have a problem with hedge fund managers paying a lower tax percentage than working class Americans. That makes ZERO sense. I wouldn't tax them to death, but I would let the Bush tax cuts expire and close up loopholes.

    If a plumber pays 35% in Federal taxes, I don't find it absurd at all to ask a millionaire hedge fund manager to pay that same percent. That's not hating the wealthy. That's just being fair.

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    Re: Are you part of the majority of Americans who feel the rich should pay higher tax

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    I'm not for soaking the rich. I'm not for taxing the @#$% out of them. However, I have a big problem with GE paying no taxes and getting corporate welfare to boot. I have a problem with hedge fund managers paying a lower tax percentage than working class Americans. That makes ZERO sense. I wouldn't tax them to death, but I would let the Bush tax cuts expire and close up loopholes.

    If a plumber pays 35% in Federal taxes, I don't find it absurd at all to ask a millionaire hedge fund manager to pay that same percent. That's not hating the wealthy. That's just being fair.
    agreed. well said.

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    Re: Are you part of the majority of Americans who feel the rich should pay higher tax

    sometimes i am, sometimes i'm not.... it depends on the argument given...and what taxes we are talking about.

    I make great money.. but folks have to come at me with more than " you got it, i want it" if they want to dip in my pockets.

    i reject , out of hand, the idiot arguments that are based on my supposed greed and other character defects..... the reason you don't have my money isn't because i'm greedy, it's because you haven't made a good argument as to why you should have it, or you haven't asked nice enough.


    I understand that when the government is involved, i'm not going to be asked for money.. i'm going to be coerced to hand it over, or else.... but i don't think it's too much ot ask for to require a principled approach to taxation.

    truth be told, i'd much rather give money directly to people... giving it to government is nonsense in my book, as i know a great portion of what i give will be wasted on bloated bureaucracy and simple ineptitude.

    i'm also not swayed by appeals to popularity on the subject.... I don't care how many people are in favor of taxing the rich more ,being in a majority doesn't mean you are inherently correct.... it just means you have company.
    on questions of money, the majority of "have-nots" will always vote that the "haves" must fork it over.... which is partially why i dismiss popularity polls on the subject.

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    Re: Are you part of the majority of Americans who feel the rich should pay higher tax

    I wonder why so many people believe that the government deserves more of anyone's money right now seeing as how they can't manage all the trillions they get from everyone each year.
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    Re: Are you part of the majority of Americans who feel the rich should pay higher tax

    To OP:

    Well the rich spend a lot of time and money avoiding taxes like the very poor! They've been avoiding taxes for almost 40 years, their time has come.
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    Re: Are you part of the majority of Americans who feel the rich should pay higher tax

    I picked other. The rich should pay the same percentage of income tax as everybody else does and preferable that should be a flat rate with no deductions.
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    Re: Are you part of the majority of Americans who feel the rich should pay higher tax

    Quote Originally Posted by Jucon View Post
    Should taxes be raised on the rich?

    If you only watched Fox News or listened to / read any conservative talking points, you'd probably think 75 percent of Americans are Tea Party activists who oppose all tax increases.

    Now if you lived in the real world you'd know that for a long time now the majority of Americans have been in favor of raising taxes on the rich. Poll after poll after poll has been showing this, yet the Republicans continue to try to put this "class warfare" idea on the backs of Obama and the Democrats. All while claiming they have the majority on their side.

    The Republicans may have some fooled, but not me...

    January, 2011: Most Americans say tax rich to balance budget: poll | Reuters


    April, 2011: Poll: Raise taxes on wealthy, leave Medicare, Medicaid alone - The Hill's On The Money


    Sept, 2011 (Poll done in July, 2011): Obama deficit cuts popular in polls - Behind the Numbers - The Washington Post



    Sept, 2011: Should taxes on millionaires be boosted? – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs



    Of course you can disagree with the idea that we should raise taxes on the rich... but you cannot claim that you have the majority on your side.

    when you rob a few to pander to the many you will have the many on your side

    another reason why the progressive income tax is good politics but evil

    one day atlas will shrug and all the teat suckers are gonna wonder where the milk went



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    Re: Are you part of the majority of Americans who feel the rich should pay higher tax

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    I'm not for soaking the rich. I'm not for taxing the @#$% out of them. However, I have a big problem with GE paying no taxes and getting corporate welfare to boot. I have a problem with hedge fund managers paying a lower tax percentage than working class Americans. That makes ZERO sense. I wouldn't tax them to death, but I would let the Bush tax cuts expire and close up loopholes.

    If a plumber pays 35% in Federal taxes, I don't find it absurd at all to ask a millionaire hedge fund manager to pay that same percent. That's not hating the wealthy. That's just being fair.
    you think most plumbers are making 350K or more a year?



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