50% and higher
There is nothing more dangerous to the liberty of Man than a Government or a Religion seizing upon the strings of an overdeveloped herd instinct amongst the people.
Sure, there are businesses that higher people and they pay those people at least a minimum wage. They are COMPENSATED for their work. If the wage is too small then they can refuse to work.
For example, if someone tried to higher me to write software for minimum wage I wouldn't do it. In fact, when I graduated from college I turned down a few offers out of college because they didn't want to pay less than the going rate.
Unfortunately it just doesn't work that way. Well, unions sorta made it work but the rich have made the idea of unions, not just the word, a bad thing.Sure, there are businesses that higher people and they pay those people at least a minimum wage. They are COMPENSATED for their work. If the wage is too small then they can refuse to work.
If you were out of work long enough I bet you'd do it.For example, if someone tried to higher me to write software for minimum wage I wouldn't do it. In fact, when I graduated from college I turned down a few offers out of college because they didn't want to pay less than the going rate.
TReally, how? Unions?hat doesn't make sense. I didn't say the government won't collect taxes. Person X can make money whether or not he pays more money to the government or not. The government shouldn't collect more taxes from people above the poverty line just because they are wealthy. Its unjust discrimination against those who have done well for themselves. There are plenty of ways the government can achieve citizen happiness and fair play without such egregious discrimination.
It's not unjust discrimination, it's saying, - hey, you've done really well in figuring out how to take advantage of the efforts of the rest of the population and you should be grateful you live in a country that gave you the opportunity to do so well. Now we'd like you to give back a little more then the people who can't or didn't do so well. It won't hurt you much but it will help them a LOT. Thanks - does that help you any?
The roads have to be maintained.The roads were probably there before person X even started his company. Person Y has the same ability to make a company and use the roads the person X does with his company. The government doesn't build the roads exclusively for person X. Moreover, person Y couldn't be paid unless person X used those roads to turn a profit. It doesn't make sense that you charge person X more simply because person X takes advantage of the fact the the roads exist when person Y has equal opportunity to do the same.
The government does REGULATE some businesses to ensure fair prices and just practices but it does not control them.
You seem to have forgotten that you either need to show why my answer is wrong or why your answer is better.
I'm not saying that the government doesn't have some diamonds in the rough, its just that shoving more money into the governments coffers is likely to get you bird sanctuaries and anti-marijuana ads then its going to help the pwoor wittle people.
Your intentions are virtuous and great in theory but impractical. If anything that extra tax payer money will go to something like Pelosi's mouse sanctuary. Stimulus has $30M to save Pelosi's harvest mouse - Washington Times
Here some more of that extra money that gets put toward those ""who can't or didn't do so well" What GOP Leaders deem wasteful in Senate stimulus bill - CNN.com
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What Could be a Day in the Life of a Conservative
Joe Conservative wakes up in the morning and goes to the bathroom. He flushes his toilet and brushes his teeth, mindful that, each flush & brush costs him about 43 cents to his privatized water provider. His wacky, liberal neighbor keeps badgering the company to disclose how clean and safe their water is, but no one ever finds out. Just to be safe, Joe Conservative boils his drinking water, using more of the limited energy that he pays for.
Joe steps outside and coughs--the pollution is especially bad today, but the smokiest cars are the cheapest ones, and since they got rid of the bloated government beaurocracy formerly called the EPA, no one knows how polluted the air actually is. Since there is no truth in advertising laws, everyone buys the cheap chinese cars which seem to produce the most pollution, but who knows? And really, who cares because they are cheap. Joe Conservative checks to make sure he has enough toll money for the 3 different private roads he must drive to work. There is no public transportation, so traffic is backed up and his 10 mile commute takes an hour. Joe and his daughter don their respirators for the hour (look an industry has been created by the free market!).
On the way, he drops his 12 year old daughter off at the clothing factory she works at. Since there are no regulations against child labor Joe appreciates the extra income. Paying for kids to go to private school until they're 18 is a luxury, and Joe canít afford to get the latest cool thing to impress his buddies without that extra income. Times are hard and there're no social safety nets so you gotta buy everything you can before you canít work anymore.
He gets to work 5 minutes late and misses the call for Christian prayer, and is immediately docked by his employer. He is not feeling well today, but has no health insurance, since neither his employer nor his government provide it, and paying for it himself is really expensive, since he has a precondition. He just hopes for the best.
Joe's workday is 12 hours long, because there is no regulation on working hours, and Joe will lose his job if he complains or god forbid, tries to unionize. Today is an especially bad day because Joe's manager demands that he work until midnight, a 16 hour day. Joe does so, knowing that he'll lose his job if he does not. The good news is that he can call his daughter and tell her to work late too, since he canít afford child care. Heíll just pick her up on his way home. Too bad neither employer has to pay over-time.
Finally, after midnight, Joe gets to pick up his daughter and go home. His daughter shows him the deep cut she got on the industrial sewing machine today. Joe is outraged and asks why she doesn't have metal mesh gloves or other protection. She says the company will not provide it and she'll have to pay for it out of her own pocket. Joe looks at the wound and decides they'll use an over the counter disinfectant and bandages until it heals. She'll have a scar, but getting stitches at the emergency room is expensive.
His daughter also complains that the manager made suggestive overtures towards her. Joe counsels her to be a "good girl" and not rock the boat, or she'll get fired and they'll be out the income.
His daughter says she can't wait until she's 18 so she can vote for change or go to the Iraq War. Unfortunately, Joe reminds his daughter that women canít vote anymore because Joeís Church, which is now the 4th branch of government, says that Jesus thinks adult women should stay home and take care of the household and stay out of politics which is for men.
They get home and there's a message from his elderly father who can't afford to pay his medical or heating bills. Joe can hear him coughing and shivering. But Joe understands that his father must suffer for not saving enough to live on after he couldnít work anymore, at 83. Sure, he had some stock and a retirement package but the company filed for bankruptcy a few years back to get out from under itís debt after the former CEO ran off with hundreds of millions and the current CEO is getting fired for poor performance. He still gets 300 million in severance pay, however.
Joe turns on the radio and the top story is a proposal in Congress to raise the voting age to 25. A rare liberal pundant states that it's an attempt to keep power out of the hands of working class Americans. The conservative host immediately quashes him, calling him "a utopian idealist," and agreeing that people aren't mature enough to make good choices until they're at least 25 and as long as they are white male property owners. Later that evening the cable news reports that the liberal pundant was arrested for having subversive materials on his home PC, which was immediately searched even before he had left the radio station.
Joe chuckles at the wine-swilling, cheese eating liberal egghead and thinks, "Thank God I live in America where I have freedom!"