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    Re: Is it better to have high or low taxes

    It very much depends on what exactly we're getting for the money we're paying to the government. Obviously, high taxes that go towards a multitude of helpful and useful services would be better than low taxes which are squandered and mismanaged.
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    Re: Is it better to have high or low taxes

    Quote Originally Posted by DrunkenAsparagus View Post
    Well for one thing, it's my money.
    Not really, not totally.
    There is no free ride.
    The reason you and I have money is our strong infrastructure, our good education system, our strong military. the high quality of most of our people..
    I believe our taxes could be among the world's lowest....if this has any meaning.
    So, the answer is of course, neither, or none of the above.
    Last edited by earthworm; 02-20-10 at 02:58 PM.

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    Re: Is it better to have high or low taxes

    One thing I forgot to say is that the sense of "community" is highly diminished in the U.S. We take our freedom a bit too much out of context and think that individual freedom is superior to that of a society, when in truth they are interdependent in the U.S.

    I mean yes, people twist and shout about the gov't "spending our tax money unwisely," but taxes do a lot of good things that benefit us as a whole. I'm not saying increase taxes to a high amount, no one likes that; I'm saying that Americans often want taxes at an unreasonably low level, which is a result of us taking freedom for granted.

    The second someone says "community" people in this country think Communism. And Communism, as we all know, is the most evil thing on Earth ...



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    Re: Is it better to have high or low taxes

    If I wanted a partner to share in the responsibility of my business, as well a share in the revenue, then I would want to be the one to choose.

    Beyond paying for essential services, that choice would not be a partner that wants a substantial part of the revenue and shares not a whit in the production of it!~

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    fyi Re: Is it better to have high or low taxes

    Having low taxes is not only a benefit in itself. It is ALSO a limit to keep big government in check.

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    Re: Is it better to have high or low taxes

    This economy is so screwed up that we need to start addressing the debt as soon as we see it is back on track; that will mean more taxes for every citizen, especially the top 1% that got the major benefits of the bush tax cuts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by donc View Post
    This economy is so screwed up that we need to start addressing the debt as soon as we see it is back on track; that will mean more taxes for every citizen, especially the top 1% that got the major benefits of the bush tax cuts.
    NO!!!! We need to put big government onto the chopping block and CUT both spending and taxes.

    We need people who are free to earn their livings without the legalized looting and abusive nannyism that has developed and grown over the past 80 years.

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    Re: Is it better to have high or low taxes

    Quote Originally Posted by ronpaulvoter View Post
    NO!!!! We need to put big government onto the chopping block and CUT both spending and taxes.

    We need people who are free to earn their livings without the legalized looting and abusive nannyism that has developed and grown over the past 80 years.
    If we do that, we will regress into the society we had 80 years ago. As far as I know, there is no modern first world society that has a decent economy and living standards with a minimal government. The closest I can think of is China, but their quality of life isn't near our standards, even though its improving rapidly and with the human rights standards, they have nothing close to what conservatives consider to be that loaded word called "liberty"

    So if you want to live a very unsafe life, go ahead, but don't take the rest of us with you. I agree though, right now the government is way too big and needs some streamlining. Unfortunately, we simply cannot afford a lot of the social programs we have at the moment, no matter how much they are needed.

    But overall, someone's right to life is more important than someone else's right to low taxes.
    Last edited by tacomancer; 02-23-10 at 02:05 PM.

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    Re: Is it better to have high or low taxes

    Quote Originally Posted by donc View Post
    This economy is so screwed up that we need to start addressing the debt as soon as we see it is back on track; that will mean more taxes for every citizen, especially the top 1% that got the major benefits of the bush tax cuts.
    Yes, we need to start addressing the debt.

    That means cutting all unconstitutional spending and paying that debt down as quickly as possible, then cutting taxes to the barest minimum needed to provide those services the Constitution requires.

    Good bye, socialist programs.

    That's what must be done. To think we have any other option that doesn't lead to the poorhouse it to not think at all.

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    Re: Is it better to have high or low taxes

    Prevailing Liberal wisdom is that it is alright to use the government to feather everyones nest (at someone elses expense). Then when times get tough, essential government services be damned.

    I guess the Liberals never read DeToqueville? Or studied human nature, for that matter!

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