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'Bait and Switch' Taxes

cnesmith Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 3:28 PM
This is essentially true. I still think raising the taxes a little on the upper class wouldn't be a bad idea to offset the hit to the middle class.
Roy323 Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 8:01 PM
MO-4--I agree with your "Fair is treating everyone alike". there's no such thing as "Equality". And Tax "procedures" like "earned Income Credit" are asinine! Or so say I!
Zenith Nadir Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 5:54 PM
Taxing the poor is "fair" because the poor use public works and services like roads, bridges, police, military, judges, prisons, schools, libraries, welfare, food stamps, airwaves, and so on. If you were to bake a pie, and contribute the most to its production, would it be more "fair" for you to have a larger slice? Or would it be more "fair" that those who contributed nothing to its production get ample portions at your expense? You see, "fair" is a relative term.
Mother of 4 -- the original Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 5:25 PM
That is false compassion, Ron-CA.

When it comes to taxes everyone in the country should have an equal proportion "skin in the game".

Fair is treating everyone alike. Compassion belongs to private charity, not to government policy.
myhumbleopin Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 5:19 PM
I hear ya. Hardly seems fair if you're really struggling, like at a minimal "living wage."
Ron-CA Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 5:02 PM
It may be equal but how can it also be fair? If someone is struggling to survive taking a portion of what little they have hardly seems "fair."
myhumbleopin Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 4:53 PM
In a good majority of situations I would argue "fair" does not exactly equate with "the same." But in the case of taxes, the same percentage from all might be the most "fair" we can get.
Mother of 4 -- the original Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 4:40 PM
Fair means treating everyone the same.

A low, flat tax on all forms of income with no exemptions is the only truly fair tax.
myhumbleopin Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 4:23 PM
How is taxing the poor more "fair?" If we are assuming the poor truly are poor, they are not taxed because they don't have enough expendable income.
Joseph64 Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 4:18 PM
Because half the people already pay nothing in taxes?
Joseph64 Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 4:18 PM
Sorry, but everyone living in this country should be paying tax to support the upkeep of government. The rich are overtaxed, the middle class is undertaxed relative to their income and the bottom half pay nothing or almost nothing. Guess where the biggest increases have to come in order to be truly fair to everyone? The poor and middle classes.
myhumbleopin Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 3:43 PM
And cut spending, big-time, as well!
Ken6226 Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 3:37 PM
Here's a better idea: why not cut taxes across the board?
We have heard many times from President Barack Obama how he plans to raise taxes on "millionaires and billionaires," but not on the middle class. Apparently, if you don't happen to be a millionaire or billionaire, you don't have to worry.

But the numbers say otherwise -- and say so big time.

The actual tax increase plans being proposed by Obama do not start with people who have an income of a million dollars a year. They start with people with incomes of $250,000 and up.

That is more than most people make, but it...