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Taxing the Poor

dnicholson Wrote: Dec 12, 2012 1:59 PM
"...a $10,000 increase in pay can cost them $15,000 in lost benefits..." The government has turned these benefits from the intended "safety net" into a "hammock" from which the poor have little or no incentive to rise.
S.A.M. Wrote: Dec 12, 2012 10:44 PM
Hammock??? You think it's "comfortable"??? We are also talking about elderly who can no longer work; the disabled on SS - and you must have no idea how honest working poor struggle to make it when they lose benefits 3 ways whenever they get a COLA or slight salary increase. If anything, it's a "hammock" for the state who reaps the benefits of any increases. The poor don't get to keep it.

With all the talk about taxing the rich, we hear very little talk about taxing the poor. Yet the marginal tax rate on someone living in poverty can sometimes be higher than the marginal tax rate on millionaires.

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