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    Re: Should we do away with marriage as a legal status?

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    Not everyone wants their world based on capitalism and individual ownership - especially not their home life. If that's what suits you, more power to you but you can leave me and mine out of your little world of micro-accounting.
    You and your wife can be married, but there is no reason the government needs to be a party to that.

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    Re: Should we do away with marriage as a legal status?

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    No, what you want is every home to be internally run like a business and that's not gonna' ever happen.
    What I want is exactly what I stated, and there's no need to put words in my mouth.

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    Re: Should we do away with marriage as a legal status?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    I don't believe a word the Congressional Budget Committee says, sorry. Nor am I really all that interested in gay marriage or gay politics in general.

    And yes, if you get a tax break whereas I don't, then you're getting it at my expense. I'm paying more taxes relative to my income than a married person. Thus, I'm subsidizing marriage, in a way.
    And what tax breaks do you think married couples get that you don't?
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    Re: Should we do away with marriage as a legal status?

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    And what tax breaks do you think married couples get that you don't?
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    Re: Should we do away with marriage as a legal status?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    What I want is exactly what I stated, and there's no need to put words in my mouth.
    I didn't put words in your mouth, I interpreted them in light of reality. You talking about one spouse having to pay the other spouse for child rearing is exactly that, turning a home into a business. Not everyone wants to live that way. If you do, fine. Write out that check every week to your spouse, but I don't and most other married couples don't, either. Keep your domestically inclined capitalistic in your own home, don't bother to invade mine with them.
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    Re: Should we do away with marriage as a legal status?

    #3 is between an employee and employer - none of your business.

    #5 is as it should be for any partnership. If one took all the trouble to create a business it would amount to the same thing.

    #6 Oh boy! Only one tax form to file - yeah, THAT'S a big plus, isn't it?

    You should read your own cite. It's not "7 Tax Advantages", it's only six with #7 being a list of drawbacks. Maybe you missed that.
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    Re: Should we do away with marriage as a legal status?

    legal marriage isnt going anywhere nor should it.
    of course it could be tweaked here and there but its illogical and irrational to think its going anywhere.

    theres no good or enough pros vs cons of doing away with it.
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    Re: Should we do away with marriage as a legal status?

    2. Tax brackets. Tax brackets are different for each filing status, so your income may no longer be taxed at the same rate as when you were single. When you’re married and file a joint return, your income is combined — which, in turn, may bump one or both of you into a higher tax bracket.
    Yeah - that higher tax bracket is a good thing.

    10. Marriage penalty.A marriage penalty exists when two individuals filing a joint return pay more tax than the sum of their individual tax liabilities calculated as if they were filing as single taxpayers. One reason this occurs is when the MFJ income tax brackets and standard deduction are not equal to twice the single income tax bracket and standard deduction. Under current law, the marriage penalty is partly alleviated because the lower income tax brackets (10% and 15%) and standard deduction for MFJ are exactly double that of single individuals. However, that may not be the case after 2012 as the provision providing for relief from the marriage penalty is set to expire. At this time, it’s unclear if Congress will extend the relief.
    Another ding for married couples.


    More to the point, I've calculated our taxes both ways over the decades and it's always come out pretty much the same either way. There is no big advantage for couples with the tax man unless you make a hell of a lot of money.
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    Re: Should we do away with marriage as a legal status?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    I didn't. I simply stated that there was a cost.

    If you're such a stickler for data, can you prove that no cost exists?
    Expecting people to chase orbiting teapots now?
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    Re: Should we do away with marriage as a legal status?

    Quote Originally Posted by Quik View Post
    No. They made it that way, not me. If the government wasn't in the marriage business then I wouldn't have to go to the government in order to have my marriage validated.
    Have your marriage validated? If you don't want a civil contract with your religious spouse no one will force you to do it. In the end that's all a marriage is, legally - a civil partnership.
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