View Poll Results: Are you willing to pay higher taxes, and if so, for what?

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  • Yes, across the board.

    14 12.17%
  • Yes, for infrastructure.

    33 28.70%
  • Yes, for education. (K-12)

    21 18.26%
  • Yes, for job creation.

    19 16.52%
  • Yes, for social programs.

    15 13.04%
  • Yes, for medical care.

    26 22.61%
  • Yes, for the environment.

    19 16.52%
  • Yes, but... not for some particular programs (please elaborate).

    10 8.70%
  • No. None. Not for anything at all.

    63 54.78%
  • Undecided. Convince me either way.

    1 0.87%
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    Re: Are you willing to pay higher taxes, and if so, for what?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    You ought to spend more time worrying about your issues and less time worrying about me. I am a winner and I am successful. I sleep plenty well. I am not the one obsessing over taking someone else's wealth or pissing and moaning about others being rich
    you poor poor thing...boo hoo hoo, i'm rich and you want me to pay taxes....boo hoo hoo....good grief, enough of the incessant whining....

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    Re: Are you willing to pay higher taxes, and if so, for what?

    Quote Originally Posted by mpg View Post
    deficit reduction
    Strongly disagree..
    I feel that deregulation was a primary factor in the "meltdown", causing the deficits..
    Our economists were not being very bright in allowing this deregulation to happen...but, then, who allowed the fox to be in the henhouse in the first place???
    So, it boils down to education...something that must never stop, but must improve every minute....Obviously, this is not happening.

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    Re: Are you willing to pay higher taxes, and if so, for what?

    Quote Originally Posted by randel View Post
    you poor poor thing...boo hoo hoo, i'm rich and you want me to pay taxes....boo hoo hoo....good grief, enough of the incessant whining....
    the parasite mentality is quite amusing I guess



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    Re: Are you willing to pay higher taxes, and if so, for what?

    I'd be willing to pay slightly more in taxes, short term (say, 5 years or so), if it lead to an overall greater decrease in taxes over the long term (say, 25 years or so).

    Since that has approximately zero chance of happening...

    Short version of my opinion on taxes – we pay slightly too much currently, and what we do pay is being spent (or trying to be spent) on far too much (thus the need to borrow funds).

    Problem is, cutting spending is NOT in a politicians best interests, or at least it hasn’t been…dunno if it ever will be.
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    Re: Are you willing to pay higher taxes, and if so, for what?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder View Post
    i can afford to pay a little more in taxes.

    but not for wars. I wont do that.
    Why pay the taxes when you can just hand it over to a poor person?
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    Re: Are you willing to pay higher taxes, and if so, for what?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Are you willing to pay higher taxes, and if so, for what?

    You can vote for more than one.
    The question fails to address the issue. Let's say you had a yard service. You paid them a 100 grand a month. For that hundred grand, the lawn service mows half the yard, repaints the house, washes your car, takes the mail from the mail box and puts it inside the front door, makes bagged lunches for your kids for school, keeps you from smoking in the front lawn, digs up your neighbors lawn to make sure it looks worse than yours, and acts out entertainment on your front lawn comparable to an evening sitcom. So the question is, should you pay the lawn service 110 grand so that they will mow the other half of your yard?

    I say no. But wait, but wait, isn't mowing your lawn the job of your lawn service? am I saying I don't want a mowed lawn? That is the sort of absurdity we get when we say we want lower taxes, and pro-government leftists start saying we don't want police or fire services anymore.

    The government wastes so much money on so many unnecessary and harmful things. We don't need tax hikes, we need to cut all the unnecessary and harmful spending out of the government. Then reallocate the tax dollars the government receives to the things the government is actually supposed to be doing.
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    Re: Are you willing to pay higher taxes, and if so, for what?

    Quote Originally Posted by randel View Post
    you poor poor thing...boo hoo hoo, i'm rich and you want me to pay taxes....boo hoo hoo....good grief, enough of the incessant whining....
    THE TAX SYSTEM EXPLAINED IN BEER

    Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100...

    If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this...
    ... ...
    The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
    The fifth would pay $1.
    The sixth would pay $3.
    The seventh would pay $7.
    The eighth would pay $12.
    The ninth would pay $18.
    The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

    So, that's what they decided to do…

    The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve ball. "Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20". Drinks for the ten men would now cost just $80.

    The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes. So the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men? The paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his fair share?

    They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer.

    So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by a higher percentage the poorer he was, to follow the principle of the tax system they had been using, and he proceeded to work out the amounts he suggested that each should now pay.

    And so the fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% saving).
    The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% saving).
    The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% saving).
    The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% saving).
    The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% saving).
    The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% saving).

    Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But, once outside the bar, the men began to compare their savings.

    "I only got a dollar out of the $20 saving," declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man,” but he got $10!"
    "Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a dollar too. It's unfair that he got ten times more benefit than me!"
    "That's true!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $10 back, when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!"
    "Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison, "we didn't get anything at all. This new tax system exploits the poor!"
    The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

    The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had their beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!
    And that, boys and girls, journalists and government ministers, is how our tax system works. The people who already pay the highest taxes will naturally get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas, where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

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    Re: Are you willing to pay higher taxes, and if so, for what?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Are you willing to pay higher taxes, and if so, for what?

    You can vote for more than one.
    I would be willing to pay higher taxes if that money were used to reduce deficit spending...and when the 47% who pay zero have to pony up. 'Til then, I'll do it kicking and screaming all night long.
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    Re: Are you willing to pay higher taxes, and if so, for what?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    and when the 47% who pay zero have to pony up.
    Oh look, this nonsense again. Remember how that particular demographic's income is below the minimum taxable amount? I thought so. When those in poverty are no longer in poverty, I'm sure they'll be pleased to be able to pay income taxes.

    Now, for the zillionth time, can we PLEASE stop misusing this statistic?
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    Re: Are you willing to pay higher taxes, and if so, for what?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I would be willing to pay higher taxes if that money were used to reduce deficit spending...and when the 47% who pay zero have to pony up. 'Til then, I'll do it kicking and screaming all night long.
    Calling on the victims of 30 years of failed trickle down economics to help bail out those that created the problem - this is the GOP campaign platform the American people are rejecting.
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