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    Re: Would the rich miss 5%?

    Quote Originally Posted by UtahBill View Post
    and yet the govt is bailing many of them out ......
    .....two things.
    Many of the people being bailed are because they took in the "no interest for a year" deal. Or something that was a bad deal and that no one should have taken.
    second, the richest 1% own the government. The government will do in the end what they want to happen.

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    Re: Would the rich miss 5%?

    Quote Originally Posted by stalin_was_a_nice_being View Post
    .....two things.
    Many of the people being bailed are because they took in the "no interest for a year" deal. Or something that was a bad deal and that no one should have taken.
    second, the richest 1% own the government. The government will do in the end what they want to happen.
    the richest 1% CONTROL the govt...they can't own it, as the govt is us. If they control us, it is because we let them....
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    Re: Would the rich miss 5%?

    Quote Originally Posted by stalin_was_a_nice_being View Post
    .....two things.
    Many of the people being bailed are because they took in the "no interest for a year" deal. Or something that was a bad deal and that no one should have taken.
    second, the richest 1% own the government. The government will do in the end what they want to happen.
    This is a common misconception. While low end home purchases were plentiful, they did not possess the nominal properties to build a bubble. Home values going from $50,000 -> $80,000 is equal to $200,000 -> $320,000 only in proportion.
    It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.
    "Wealth of Nations," Book V, Chapter II, Part II, Article I, pg.911

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    Re: Would the rich miss 5%?

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    Uh No. According to Hobbes, man gives up certain freedoms in order for protection and to leave the natural state of man. Nowhere does Hobbes ever argue that man gives up all of his liberties and freedoms to a single ruler.



    You appear not to have dug too deep.
    Because I don't give a **** about Hobbes. He is irrelevant.

    You do realize that you are calling for extreme inefficiencies within the market no? Imagine the cost of goods when every road is toll road. The way to hamstring the economy it to tack on high costs to individuals. As much as there is a free rider problem, communal goods like roads do increase GDP. Paying $5 in taxes a year for roads and reaping the benefits is far more efficient then toll roads up the butt.
    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    How is funding them different than paying taxes. Either the private sector is going to pass on the costs to the consumer or the government is going to do it by taxes.

    The alternative is to say that it is based on income. Only rich people can use the roads because they will be toll based. Only rich people can be educated because only they can pay the education.

    Yeah....that is the making of a great society.
    LMFAO I'd HAPPILY pay only $5 a year, but you know what? When I worked in DC, and even when I worked in WV, I had to pay $10 a DAY in TOLLS to get to work and back. So don't give me this toll road bull**** when we already have that issue. I would MUCH rather pay the $10 (or more) in tolls if less was taken from me in taxes. But as it is now, they steal money from me via taxes and THEN make me pay tolls on top of that!!!

    As for education... if you can't afford to educate your child, then that's a good reason NOT to have one.

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    Re: Would the rich miss 5%?

    Quote Originally Posted by UtahBill View Post
    the richest 1% CONTROL the govt...they can't own it, as the govt is us. If they control us, it is because we let them....
    Exactly. There's a level of "rich" which is damned wealthy, but they get taxed out the butt. Then there is the uber rich, the one's in charge, the aristocracy which dominates over us all. They pay practically nothing in taxes.

    At least in the old days, you got to kill aristocrats from time to time.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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    Re: Would the rich miss 5%?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    No, you hear the loudest cries when they're thinking to tax the upper class (tax the upper class to pay off the debt. tax the upper class for health care. tax the upper class for education. its the default "that's how we'll pay for it" plan) because that's the one that gets talked about the most often, the loudest, and the most blatant because of the hope of playing against class warfare tendancies of the population.
    Typical class envy. Until people grow up a little and realize that life isn't fair, as most people define fair, this will go on. I am far far from being wealthy. I work and pay my bills, and there's not much left over, but I am happy to be myself, and I have no disdain for the rich. When you're all wrapped up in thinking that life and success is based on money, you will never be satisfied, whether you are rich, poor, or in the middle.

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    Re: Would the rich miss 5%?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Exactly. There's a level of "rich" which is damned wealthy, but they get taxed out the butt. Then there is the uber rich, the one's in charge, the aristocracy which dominates over us all. They pay practically nothing in taxes.

    At least in the old days, you got to kill aristocrats from time to time.
    the good old days.....beyond my time, actually...
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    Re: Would the rich miss 5%?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    Oh, no. The Democrats, especially the Hollyweirders, are the stingiest of all. They give their pennies serial numbers.
    Much as I don't care for the entertainment industry's politics, what you said is a blatant lie. They are some of the most charitable givers in the entire world. One only has to look at their various foundations, support for different causes, and yearly charitable donations to see you are talking out your ass. Again.

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    Re: Would the rich miss 5%?

    For anyone interested, ABC 20/20 webpage carried an article about three years ago regarding who gives, and the characteristics of those who do give.
    They did find that generally, the middle class gives proportionally less than the poor, and they think it is related to the fact that the poor can relate to the actual need for charity. If I remember correctly, they found that the poor give more proportionally than the rich.

    Here's some excerpts:

    Arthur Brooks, the author of "Who Really Cares," says that "when you look at the data, it turns out the conservatives give about 30 percent more." He adds, "And incidentally, conservative-headed families make slightly less money."
    "You find that people who believe it's the government's job to make incomes more equal, are far less likely to give their money away," Brooks says. In fact, people who disagree with the statement, "The government has a basic responsibility to take care of the people who can't take care of themselves," are 27 percent more likely to give to charity.
    The second myth is that the people with the most money are the most generous. You'd think they'd be. After all, the rich should have the most to spare and households with incomes exceeding $1 million (about 7 percent of the population) make 50 percent of all charitable donations.
    Finally, the single biggest predictor of whether someone will be charitable is their religious participation.
    Religious people are more likely to give to charity, and when they give, they give more money: four times as much. And Arthur Brooks told me that giving goes beyond their own religious organization:
    "Actually, the truth is that they're giving to more than their churches," he says. "The religious Americans are more likely to give to every kind of cause and charity, including explicitly non-religious charities."
    Who Gives and Who Doesn't? - ABC News

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    Re: Would the rich miss 5%?

    Nope

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