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    Voluntary Tax

    Hypothetical kind of a spin off of the thread on reps and dems empathy by aberrant:

    Say the government offered a voluntary tax. One that you could sign up for that would increase your taxes by 15%. The money from that voluntary tax is exclusively used for government funded healthcare, food, and employment programs. This is not a tax applied to everyone, only if you agree to it.

    Would you/could you afford to sign up for it?

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    Re: Voluntary Tax

    Quote Originally Posted by SBu View Post
    Hypothetical kind of a spin off of the thread on reps and dems empathy by aberrant:

    Say the government offered a voluntary tax. One that you could sign up for that would increase your taxes by 15%. The money from that voluntary tax is exclusively used for government funded healthcare, food, and employment programs. This is not a tax applied to everyone, only if you agree to it.

    Would you/could you afford to sign up for it?
    Taxes cannot be voluntary because then they are called contributions. We have plenty of charities that did not do the job and they are tax deductible. Is your "tax" tax deductible?

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    Re: Voluntary Tax

    Quote Originally Posted by iguanaman View Post
    Taxes cannot be voluntary because then they are called contributions. We have plenty of charities that did not do the job and they are tax deductible. Is your "tax" tax deductible?
    Again, this is completely a hypothetical. This more of a "what would/could you do" kind of thing.

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    Re: Voluntary Tax

    This is a nonsensical poll as a person can send more money to the IRS now if he/she wants to. It is rare, but a few people do now and then. They can use it for a "tax credit" if they want to.

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    Thought I would have gotten a lot more liberal/progressive "absolutely"s here. I guess paying for social programs is only a good idea if we make everyone do it? This goes along with my theory that liberals are only empathetic from the legislature, but fall short in actually giving, while conservatives are less empathetic from the legislature, but actually give a lot more.

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    Re: Voluntary Tax

    Quote Originally Posted by SBu View Post
    Hypothetical kind of a spin off of the thread on reps and dems empathy by aberrant:

    Say the government offered a voluntary tax. One that you could sign up for that would increase your taxes by 15%. The money from that voluntary tax is exclusively used for government funded healthcare, food, and employment programs. This is not a tax applied to everyone, only if you agree to it.

    Would you/could you afford to sign up for it?
    kind of like giving to charity?

    Liberals show tremendous compassion in pushing for generous government spending to help the neediest people at home and abroad. Yet when it comes to individual contributions to charitable causes, liberals are cheapskates
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    Re: Voluntary Tax

    Quote Originally Posted by trfjr View Post
    That's more or less what I thought. Can you post this on Aberrant's thread? He might appreciate this, and from the NY Times is icing on the cake (although it is an op-ed).

    And yeah, kind of like charity. The hypothetical tax is meant to be a sort of "if you care extra, give extra" kind of idea.

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    Re: Voluntary Tax

    Quote Originally Posted by SBu View Post
    Hypothetical kind of a spin off of the thread on reps and dems empathy by aberrant:

    Say the government offered a voluntary tax. One that you could sign up for that would increase your taxes by 15%. The money from that voluntary tax is exclusively used for government funded healthcare, food, and employment programs. This is not a tax applied to everyone, only if you agree to it.

    Would you/could you afford to sign up for it?
    Can I afford it? Yeah. Would I sign up for it? Not unless I'm getting some kind of benefit out of it.
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    Re: Voluntary Tax

    Quote Originally Posted by Surtr View Post
    Can I afford it? Yeah. Would I sign up for it? Not unless I'm getting some kind of benefit out of it.
    You don't. The only benefit you get is to come on to DP and exclaim how much more humanitarian you are compared to others. ...I'll mark you down for "no."

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    Re: Voluntary Tax

    Quote Originally Posted by SBu View Post
    You don't. The only benefit you get is to come on to DP and exclaim how much more humanitarian you are compared to others. ...I'll mark you down for "no."
    Already voted no. I give to charities of my choosing without being fleeced by the government for it.
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