I'm a right leaning American, higher
I'm a left leaning American, higher
I'm a right leaning American, lower
I'm a left leaning American, lower
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury." Attributed to Alexander Tytler
Because every time we go further into debt the value of our dollar decreases.That means it is pointless to save. What happens should those loaning us money stop lending and demand we pay them back, are we just going to tell them to piss off and then be royally screwed the next time a major emergency comes up and no one loans us money?
Which begs the question, why does the debt NEED to be paid off?
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
I do not vote on polls where there is also an indication of left leaning and right leaning. However, the question itself is a no brainer. The wealthiest countries in the world are those where most taxes are paid. So let the taxes go up. And it is a shame this this is being used during elections to get votes.
Either way, you haven't demonstrated how the existence or absence of an income tax is inherently linked to prosperity. Your attempt to do so is a case of correlation not implying causation. Ingenuity, creativity, strong work ethic, and environments conducive to innovation (sound fiscal policies) are what result in prosperity, seeing as those are the attributes and conditions which lead to technological advancement and privilege strategic thinking.
We need to get rid of regressive taxation.