View Poll Results: Is it unreasonable to pay a little more?

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  • Yes. I'm a greedy bastard!! I need MORE!!!

    28 28.87%
  • No. There's comes a point in wealthiness where it just doesn't even matter anymore.

    61 62.89%
  • I'm not sure.

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    Re: Is it unreasonable for the wealthiest to pay a little more?

    Quote Originally Posted by Quag View Post
    There is already a progressive tax system. so the poll is silly. The options are silly.
    Just curious why do certain people always make extremely biased polls?
    This happens on pretty much every side of every issue.

    Better poll would be should rates for the highest earners increase and why?
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    Simple unbiased and less likely to start off with personal attacks (though those always seem to come in eventually)
    Sorry Quag, I just couldn't resist. To answer "yes", you don't necessarily have to be a greedy bastard, but it would be difficult to argue that there is some other reason you wouldn't want to give up 25% of the 100 freakin' million you made that year. You're right though - for poll integrity, it should just be "yes", "no", and "not sure".

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    Re: Is it unreasonable for the wealthiest to pay a little more?

    The rich are making money not by working harder than in the past, but by harnessing cheap labor overseas and increasing technology, at the expense of American workers and their wages. Then they howl at the government for redistributing a percentage of those gains back to those people. It's greed, pure and simple. If they want people to work to earn their money, they should stop firing them.
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    Re: Is it unreasonable for the wealthiest to pay a little more?

    Quote Originally Posted by sKiTzo View Post
    Sorry Quag, I just couldn't resist. To answer "yes", you don't necessarily have to be a greedy bastard, but it would be difficult to argue that there is some other reason you wouldn't want to give up 25% of the 100 freakin' million you made that year. You're right though - for poll integrity, it should just be "yes", "no", and "not sure".
    Actually I dont see wanting to keep the money you make as greedy. Escpecially when the major problem facing the USA is not revenue but out of control spending. Yes I believe tax increases will be necessary to help dig yourselves out of the hole. That is only because the hole is so deep and the cuts needed are so huge (fiscal cliff) a balanced approach is necessary. However once spending is under control (doubt that will ever happen) and the DEBT (not the deficit) is shrinking to manegable proportions, then you can reduce taxes again.
    When I hear people complain that Romney is paying 14% rate and that makes them angry because they are paying 11% I think its fairly obvious Romney is not the greedy one.
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    Re: Is it unreasonable for the wealthiest to pay a little more?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiseone View Post
    There's nothing wrong with some debt, its actually helpful to the economy for the government to be in a constant state of borrowing money. They just can't go too far as they have now.
    The problem is we have zero reason to believe that an increase in revenue will be followed by a decrease in spending. On the contrary, history tells us that when revenue increases government CONTINUES to spend more.

    But, not shockingly, the administration and the Democrats focus is raising taxes with half hearted promises to cut spending later with the vast majority of their specifics for cutting spending being cuts from things that are inevitable to happen (war ending). Indeed, the President during his campaign was happy to say that we needed to stop spending money on Wars.........to instead spend it here. Key word, SPEND.

    You could, naively, suggest that "they have to deal with taxes first, they're what's currently happening." This is nothing but a shell game however. There is NOTHING stopping them from extending all the tax cuts for another year or two years and then turning back around and passing a new bill later that raises the taxes on a particular bracket. Taxes don't HAVE to be dealt with first, in terms of raising them....it's just EASIER for them to do it now.

    If we had a reasonable expectation that the either side would legitimately and seriously deal with the obscene amount of spending we're doing you'd likely find more people at least open to compromising on taxes. More so, if they actually were ENGAGING inthose serious and legitimate measures, you'd find even more willing.

    Instead...all you see is obtuse notions that "spending needs to be looked at" while yelling "GREEDY GREEDY RICH! TAX THEM"

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    Re: Is it unreasonable for the wealthiest to pay a little more?

    Quote Originally Posted by sKiTzo View Post

    This whole "fiscal cliff" thing, IMO, is really about one thing. GREED. The same people who are pushing to raise the debt ceiling are the same ones who don't want to pay a little more, and being such an elite small sliver, are probably the same ones who have been benefitting from these overexpenditures. If you are one of the small sliver of wealthiest at the top, you make obscene amounts of money. You live vastly beyond comfortably, and anything you want, you can easily afford ten thousandfold. So what's REALLY going on?

    what a silly poll. why is it greedy for those who actually pay the lion's share of the taxes saying its time those who pay less than their fair share (i.e. the 95% who pay less than the top 5%) and yet are the ones who demand more and more and more government, and not greedy for everyone else to demand they keep their tax cuts (so they won't vote against the deems)

    what stupid loaded questions

    it is not necessary given all it does is encourage the middle and lower classes to demand more spending and more government. Obama kept howling that everyone should do their part to pay down the deficit-all that has been done is pander to the masses and tell them they are not going to have to do anything to pay down a deficit that is mainly caused by them

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    Re: Is it unreasonable for the wealthiest to pay a little more?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    Of course the higher taxes will "make a dent"....every little bit helps....It angers me that Romney's, or any wealthy man's, real tax percentage was 13%, while mine at one tenth the income was 11%...
    Fairness over greed.
    The Bush tax cuts should never have been allowed.
    I do agree that spending is out of hand...this applies to both private and public sectors, in a great many areas.
    Salaries to "bosses" - way out of hand...
    Truth over propaganda.
    it angers me that Romney pays more in actual tax dollars than you will in forty lifetimes and yet you whine about his rates when he gets absolutely no additional benefits from government

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    Re: Is it unreasonable for the wealthiest to pay a little more?

    Quote Originally Posted by NoC_T View Post
    I perceive a difference between the hostility of those whose wealth is created (by themselves and within their own lifetimes), as opposed to those whose wealth is hereditary. Regarding the latter, I have no pity at all. They are bloated and unproductive, offering nothing to their country. As to the former, I can sympathise to a certain extent. Though I recognise the necessity of addressing the imbalance. Arguments for the 'trickle down effect' are stillborn. In practical terms, there is no visible impact for the average joe.

    In fairness, we should remind ourselves that being wealthy isn't a crime. Only those with little to nothing would describe it thus. If it is, then we make admission of Capitalism's obsolescence, and that any pursuit tailored towards personal profit is undesirable.

    That said, a fundamental redistribution may be the only means of stimulating an economic recovery, that won't take decades to achieve. So, I dunno. I'm in two minds about it, really. One thing I do reject is the good guys and bad guys perspective. It was always nonsensical. Fit only for school children, picking 'sides'. There is only self-interest and competition; those unable to compete tend to a certain belligerence.
    moronic class envy at its best based on silly stereotypes that have no basis in fact.

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    Re: Is it unreasonable for the wealthiest to pay a little more?

    Quote Originally Posted by Krhazy View Post
    The rich are making money not by working harder than in the past, but by harnessing cheap labor overseas and increasing technology, at the expense of American workers and their wages. Then they howl at the government for redistributing a percentage of those gains back to those people. It's greed, pure and simple. If they want people to work to earn their money, they should stop firing them.
    its funny that you whine about the wealthy and then support giving money to people who did even less to deserve it than the rich you whine about

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    Is it unreasonable for the wealthiest to pay a little more?

    Quote Originally Posted by Krhazy View Post
    The rich are making money not by working harder than in the past, but by harnessing cheap labor overseas and increasing technology, at the expense of American workers and their wages. Then they howl at the government for redistributing a percentage of those gains back to those people. It's greed, pure and simple. If they want people to work to earn their money, they should stop firing them.
    Who are these rich people you speak of?
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    Re: Is it unreasonable for the wealthiest to pay a little more?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gaius46 View Post
    Who are these rich people you speak of?
    its the typical stereotype the left uses to justify grabbing the wealth of others

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