View Poll Results: Taxes: Whose money is it?

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  • It's still *my* money!

    10 23.26%
  • It's "my" money, but in a collective sense.

    23 53.49%
  • It's now the government's money, to do with as they see fit.

    5 11.63%
  • Other

    5 11.63%
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Thread: Taxes: Whose money is it?

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    Re: Taxes: Whose money is it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dpetty View Post
    Actually i grew up in a pretty rural area. Ive had jobs requiring me to drive 30 to 40 miles to work each way. Simply because one is required to drive does not mean they should go head over heals in debt to get a car. My first car was a 1966 for truck. It cost $500 and got lousy mileage. I also had a 1981 Honda civic that had 5 gears, but i could only find 4. I have had 3 or 4 cars that cost under a grand because that is what i could afford at the time. As i saved money, i got better cars. That is the way its supposed to work. To many people think they need to skip those steps and go straight to the Cadillac Escelade, even if they cant afford it. Newly weds go up to their eyeballs in debt to get all the things their parents have, even though it took them 30 years to accumulate it. Debt is killing us. The attitude that everyone DESERVES a flat screen tv, or a car less than 5 years old, is responsible for that. Whatever happened to saving and THEN buying?
    I agree with you to a point (regarding vehicles). You are absolutely correct when many people THINK they need an Escalade or a Lexus when a simple used Chevy or Toyota will do just fine. However, a small loan for a reasonable and reliable used car (in the $4-5K range) is not the end of the world. And then, yes, building up from there.

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    Re: Taxes: Whose money is it?

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    I don't know. Like I said, I tend to believe that's the better route as well. But I also don't want to dissuade people from using credit to get what they need, either, and that doesn't include the $300 Bar-B-Q grill or the $1500 TV. If your $500 truck was reliable then that's all the matters. If it was a POS that needed fixing every other week and occasionally made you late for work then it may not have been worth it or even been a bad investment. Over-indulgence isn't a good thing - especially if you're not paying cash for it - but relying on others for support or back-up except in the most extreme situations isn't a good thing either. There is a balance to be had.
    This is pretty much what I was getting at in my post above.

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    Re: Taxes: Whose money is it?

    I voted 3, but it's really sort of a mix between 2 and 3. Once it is collected as taxes, the money belongs to the government. However, since we live in a democracy, we still have some sort of control over what happens to it.
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