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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
    its a figure of speech-I prefer to grab them with tweezers and burn them in a flame
    LOL! Now we're talking! I do the same with ticks, they make such a nice pop! when they go.
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    Re: which best describes your view of the inheritance tax?

    Quote Originally Posted by Centinel View Post
    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
    But what about the government protecting the life, liberty, and property of its citizens do you find offensive?
    The part where we take the life and liberty of people in other countries to make the rich in this country richer.
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    Re: which best describes your view of the inheritance tax?

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    Why would you think I find that offensive?
    Good point. Maybe I'm misunderstanding you, so I guess I ought to just ask. What are your thoughts on the idea that people have a right to their property and that the proper role of government is to protect the property of the citizens?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    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.
    Oops, translation mistake: The Iraq war costed 1.3 trillion, not billion.

    If such a war just costed 1.3 billion, I'd say do it more often.
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    Re: which best describes your view of the inheritance tax?

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    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.
    The patriot act would be a perfect example, yes.

    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.
    Yes, we agree that the government ought to function as the sole defense agency and ought to be able to collect a mandatory fee from all citizens in order to pay for that service.

    However, if the government then uses its position to take money for other purposes, it is no longer acting to defend our property but to despoil us. The legitimate purpose of government is to provide protection of our life and property, and for that legitimate function we must all pay. If the government takes beyond that, it is acting contrary to its sole purpose.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba View Post
    The part where we take the life and liberty of people in other countries to make the rich in this country richer.
    Yes, I find that offensive as well. I wish you would stop doing that. It's wrong.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba View Post
    A bit polemic, maybe, as I believe there are many libertarians who don't sell out their values for tax cuts.

    But I'm afraid there is more than just a kernel of truth in it, considering quite a few people who call themselves "libertarian".
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    Re: which best describes your view of the inheritance tax?

    Quote Originally Posted by Centinel View Post
    Good point. Maybe I'm misunderstanding you, so I guess I ought to just ask. What are your thoughts on the idea that people have a right to their property and that the proper role of government is to protect the property of the citizens?
    When you say people have a right to their property... what does that mean regarding taxation?

    To protect the property of the citizen against what exactly?
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    Re: which best describes your view of the inheritance tax?

    Quote Originally Posted by German guy View Post
    A bit polemic, maybe, as I believe there are many libertarians who don't sell out their values for tax cuts.

    But I'm afraid there is more than just a kernel of truth in it, considering quite a few people who call themselves "libertarian".
    Most excellent. It shows what some folks highest priorities...... "gimme a tax cut and screw the rest of the nonsense".
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