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?

    Why does the government "need more taxes" for any of those things listed? We already throw lots of money at all of those things, and the problem is that it's money we don't have. Paying higher taxes at this point would only serve to put us a little less in debt every year, and that's IF FedGov didn't immediately pump out the additional revenue to do things it saw necessary for our own good... which is a big ****ing if.

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

    Yes, but we need to significantly cut spending on the military industrial complex. We need to get back to defense spending levels.
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    Re: Are you willing to pay higher taxes, and if so, for what?

    Yes, for national purpose only.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Not interested, I am willing to forgo my "entitlements", in order to reduce the deficit though.
    bingo. though if this happens, I want to be allowed to save tax free (I like Romney's idea of no capital gains for those under 500,000) so that I can more easily make up for the loss.

    I would be willing to pay slightly higher effective taxes in order to pay lower nominal taxes that would reduce tax code complexity and help the economy boom. Likely I (speaking on behalf of taxpayers) would make up the difference through increased opportunity and pay.

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

    Yes, for infrastructure.
    Of course. I don't really understand the mindset of people who oppose additional infrastructure spending. The economic benefits that come from having functional roads, rail, bridges, ports, power grids, and water supplies is far greater than the cost to build and maintain them.

    Yes, for education. (K-12)
    Meh, not really. At this point I think we've long since surpassed the point of diminishing returns in additional education spending (at least in most districts). The problem isn't a lack of funding, it's the way money is wasted and the method through which students are taught.

    Yes, for job creation.
    This option doesn't make sense to me. Job creation (at least as it relates to the government's fiscal policy) is done by deficit spending. So raising taxes to pay for a stimulus would be both unnecessary and counterproductive. In terms of job creation, I'd rather keep taxes relatively low and keep spending relatively high. That is the combination that puts the most money in people's pockets and stimulates aggregate demand.

    Yes, for social programs.
    Yes, for medical care.
    Yes, definitely. Especially for medical care, where it's fairly obvious from the examples of every other developed country in the world that more government control over health care helps to keep the costs down without providing any worse results.

    Yes, for the environment.
    Depends on what exactly this means. I support a higher gasoline tax in order to reduce consumption, so in that sense I would be willing to pay higher taxes for the environment.
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    Re: Are you willing to pay higher taxes, and if so, for what?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    bingo. though if this happens, I want to be allowed to save tax free (I like Romney's idea of no capital gains for those under 500,000) so that I can more easily make up for the loss.

    I would be willing to pay slightly higher effective taxes in order to pay lower nominal taxes that would reduce tax code complexity and help the economy boom. Likely I (speaking on behalf of taxpayers) would make up the difference through increased opportunity and pay.
    I honestly think we should have a progressive system for capital gains and dividends.
    Under $50k a year in total income, 0% tax rate.

    We'll make capitalists out of them!
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    Re: Are you willing to pay higher taxes, and if so, for what?

    In a world where the budget is balanced and government spending isn't wasteful, and the government decides the nation's infrastructure needs some modernization, and will need extra funding for that modernization, I'd be willing to pay more in taxes. Right now, with all of the inefficiencies and waste in the budget, I think there is as much to be gained by the government finding ways to save money as there is raising taxes.

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

    Im willing to pay more taxs if it makes Turtledude, harry guerrilla and cpwill pay more with me

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

    Quote Originally Posted by lpast View Post
    Im willing to pay more taxs if it makes Turtledude, harry guerrilla and cpwill pay more with me
    It won't, at least in my case.
    The government says I'm poor.
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    Re: Are you willing to pay higher taxes, and if so, for what?

    If you want to pay higher taxes what is stopping you? Just make your check out to the US Treasury. Why should everyone else have to pay higher taxes just because you want to?
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