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  • There should be no inheritance tax of any amount of money or assets.

    84 54.90%
  • The first 5 million dollars should be exempt. After that the tax rate should be 35%.

    21 13.73%
  • The first 5 million dollars should be exempt. After that the tax rate should be 50%.

    12 7.84%
  • The first 1 million should be exempt. After that the rate should be 50%.

    19 12.42%
  • No exempt amount. Tax at 35% from the get-go.

    9 5.88%
  • No exempt amount. Tax at 50% from the get-go.

    1 0.65%
  • Abolish all inheritance. In other words, tax 100%.

    7 4.58%
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    Re: which best describes your view of the inheritance tax?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    NOt at all-I squash them before they can
    Hmm, obviously someone who has never been around real fleas.
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    Re: which best describes your view of the inheritance tax?

    Quote Originally Posted by Centinel View Post
    Ah yes, the old "all the cool kids are doing it" argument.

    Sorry but I don't base my ethical behavior on what all the cool kids are doing. My position is that it is unethical for one person to initiate aggression against another. Obviously you disagree. I'm still not going to initiate force against people, just because you think I should.
    LOL! All the cool kids? There is not a State on the planet that has chosen to govern itself in the way you suggest.
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    Re: which best describes your view of the inheritance tax?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba View Post
    LOL! All the cool kids? There is not a State on the planet that has chosen to govern itself in the way you suggest.
    You are correct. However, at one point there was not a country on the planet that was not ruled by a king, and at one point there was not a country on the planet that did not have the institution of slavery. Conservatives always point to the impossibility of progressive social change. That's nothing new.

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    Re: which best describes your view of the inheritance tax?

    Quote Originally Posted by Centinel View Post
    I'm curious as to why. What about the government protecting the life, liberty, and property of its citizens do you find offensive?
    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    What I find offensive is people who do not appreciate the land we live in and its people and their duly elected government. But they still remain put while moaning, whining and bitching about free choice.
    But what about the government protecting the life, liberty, and property of its citizens do you find offensive?

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    Re: which best describes your view of the inheritance tax?

    Quote Originally Posted by Centinel View Post
    But what about the government protecting the life, liberty, and property of its citizens do you find offensive?
    You've obviously been convinced that our government does not do this already. Well, it IS America and you have the freedom to believe what you want and voice that opinion - though, somehow, it seems you do not believe have that kind of freedom. You have LEOs that protect your life and your property but apparently have no belief in them, either. Others feel differently.

    Many of us believe the system we have is good but the people who can vote have let the system run a little crazy of late. All mechanisms, whether they be mechanical, biological, cultural, or social have to be maintained. When the engineers, that's the people who can vote (and note this is different from the voting public, being those who actually exercise that right), quit maintaining the machine then, eventually, it sputters. That doesn't mean you junk the machine and buy another, that means you fix what's wrong and tune it up so it's running right, again.
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    Re: which best describes your view of the inheritance tax?

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    You've obviously been convinced that our government does not do this already. Well, it IS America and you have the freedom to believe what you want and voice that opinion - though, somehow, it seems you do not believe have that kind of freedom.
    I have no idea why you would come to that conclusion. I agree with you 100% that everyone has the freedom to believe what they want and to voice their opinion. I sincerely hope that I made no statements that would lead anyone to think otherwise.

    You have LEOs that protect your life and your property but apparently have no belief in them, either. Others feel differently.
    As I have said earlier, I regard the protection of life and property to be the sole legitimate function of government, and I have agreed that the government should operate a police force and charge everyone for this service. So, I have to disagree with your assertion that I don't believe in them.

    Many of us believe the system we have is good but the people who can vote have let the system run a little crazy of late. All mechanisms, whether they be mechanical, biological, cultural, or social have to be maintained. When the engineers, that's the people who can vote (and note this is different from the voting public, being those who actually exercise that right), quit maintaining the machine then, eventually, it sputters. That doesn't mean you junk the machine and buy another, that means you fix what's wrong and tune it up so it's running right, again.
    Okay, I'll buy that, but I also add that it is important to understand what function the machine is supposed to be performing. It's my contention that the machine of government should perform the job of protecting the life and property of the citizens. When it either 1) fails to do so, or 2) itself violates the life and property of the citizens, then it needs to be fixed so that it functions properly.

    A government that changes from being a protector of life and property to being an attacker of life and property is very broken, in my opinion.

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    Re: which best describes your view of the inheritance tax?

    Quote Originally Posted by Centinel View Post
    But what about the government protecting the life, liberty, and property of its citizens do you find offensive?
    Why would you think I find that offensive?
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    Re: which best describes your view of the inheritance tax?

    Quote Originally Posted by German guy View Post
    But it's a matter of priorities. The money is there, it's just the question how to spend it. Without burning 1.3 billion in the sands of Iraq, there would have been no American debt or budget crisis.
    To the bolded: not true at all. Our debt is in the Trillions. 1.3 Billion doesn't even touch the minimum interest weekly debt on what we borrow.

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    Re: which best describes your view of the inheritance tax?

    Quote Originally Posted by Centinel View Post
    Okay, I'll buy that, but I also add that it is important to understand what function the machine is supposed to be performing. It's my contention that the machine of government should perform the job of protecting the life and property of the citizens. When it either 1) fails to do so, or 2) itself violates the life and property of the citizens, then it needs to be fixed so that it functions properly.

    A government that changes from being a protector of life and property to being an attacker of life and property is very broken, in my opinion.
    Outside of the Patriot Act and it's progeny, I have no idea what you mean by "attacker of life". I agree the Patriot Act et al, which was originally an obvious knee-jerk reaction to a violent event, should not be allowed to persist. Many had the sense to be against it in the first place but fear and anger prevailed.

    If by "attacker of property" we're back to talking about taxes again then that's strictly a matter of opinion, isn't it? You, yourself, have even admitted that tax law, whatever it might be, must be enforced. As far as I know no laws are being broken in the collection of taxes.
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    Re: which best describes your view of the inheritance tax?

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    Hmm, obviously someone who has never been around real fleas.
    its a figure of speech-I prefer to grab them with tweezers and burn them in a flame

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