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Tax Reform Is the IRS Fix

Ezekiel2230 Wrote: Jun 02, 2013 3:04 PM
Ed, no good idea that someone can't skirt...haha. There is already in a state or two, a sales tax on large purchase for personal use bought in foreign country (buying products for resale in America are exempted as normal business). I hate any new tax, and I would assume that people using this method would be minor, but I assume a tariff or tax on these types of purchases might be warranted. However this is the problem with our current tax code. Exemptions and additions that were continually added to prevent loopholes or create loopholes.
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Tax Reform Is the IRS Fix

Ezekiel2230 Wrote: Jun 01, 2013 6:21 PM
The most unfair tax is a bracketed income tax with several percentages. There should not be a tax on people working as wage earners...period. A national sales tax is the only "fair" tax; if you buy a $10K Yugo you pay a tax on that amount, you buy a Rolls Royce same thing...simple. The other positive is that "all" people participate and are aware of what their government is costing them! In California there are estimates that between 20 and 30 percent of people work "under the table" and never pay taxes. But eventually everyone buys something, even underground or "off payroll" workers. This would generate additional uncounted revenue that could more than offset any loss from the elimination of income taxes on individuals. Additionally, this would not eliminate corporate or company taxation. But this again needs reforming with no major loopholes. How much did the company make, deduct wages, equipment purchases, research and development, a few other reasonable cost of business deductions, subtract, and pay the tax on the balance. Now the IRS could stop harassing individuals; citizens could stop having ulcers every April 15th wondering if they did everything correctly, and the IRS that would be left would be leaner, less intrusive and could concentrate on companies and corporations that already hire accountants to maintain their books. Also, take away the confiscatory power of the IRS; let them have to get a court order for any liens or levies each time they feel they need it. Give Americans back their freedom, and take away the fear and intimidation.
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Why I’m Not a Conservative

Ezekiel2230 Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 11:31 AM
Liberals...get this or find somewhere else. America was founded on freedom and liberty. If my neighbor does me no harm and doesn't mess with my property then government has no business in my life! The Founders just defeated a government who could tell them what to do and lord over them without any recourse. The Founders wanted a country as close to non-government rule as they could safely create. The government was to be the opposite of what it is today; local government had the most power, then the States, lastly the Federal. The Feds have only 3 main areas of need for the common man; military...protect against enemies foreign and domestic, to maintain relations with foreign governments (treaties), and to settle disputes between States
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Invincible Ignorance

Ezekiel2230 Wrote: Dec 18, 2012 11:51 AM
NRACandy, you need a "real" history lesson, and original intent. Freedom is messy and not simplistic; no law is perfect or can cover all circumstances...there's always a "yeah but what about" somewhere. The Federalist Papers were replete with concerns about government control and suppression and how best to insure the individual could protect itself against a suppressive government. The 2nd Amendment was primary in this. The Amendment was design not to permit pioneers and citizens the right to hunt or for self protection, but for government to fear its citizens, knowing the citizens were as well armed as the government. The term militia is not referring to police or national guard, but would be similar to neighborhood watch.
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Let's Tax Matt Damon

Ezekiel2230 Wrote: Nov 24, 2012 1:06 PM
I have no problem with taxing "paid" employees making millions in salary. Leave businesses alone. I worked in Hollywood for years. Here's the underlying problem with the artist crowd. You can talk about the "struggling" artists working as waiters or some other menial job; waiting for their big break. Most of them get their "break" in their early or mid-twenties; they become superstars before their thirties! They then command multi-million dollar contracts ($5M to $20M) per picture. They "work" a typical 60 days for their time. The average superstar or even second tier "artist" worked in the real world for less than a decade. Their wealth to time is excessive and they believe all wealth creation is just as easy and instantaneous.
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Electoral College

Ezekiel2230 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 2:33 PM
I have advocated something similar to this for years. Already large metropolitan states i.e. Calif. and NY give winner-take-all scenarios, even though if you look outside those metropolises the population often has different demographics. It would have to be a two-part fix; CD representation and the outlawing of gerrymandering. What is fairer than the overall popular vote winner getting the two Senate rep votes, but each HR district giving its single vote? It would also force presidential candidates to pay attention to all states and their issues. However, gerrymandering needs to cease nationwide. State districts should be drawn as much like a checkerboard as possible, with consideration for natural barriers (mountains, rivers, bays).
My wife is Cuban. She has been in America 2 years. When she heard Obama in his speeches and campaign stumps she was shocked. She could not believe the amount of communist speak that was in his speeches and policies. She asked me how America could be so stupid and blind. Having lived her life in a communist country, she said what she heard from Obama sounded just like Fidel. Wake up America. This country voluntarily is following communist policies and voting itself into a dictatorship. It is amazing that only immigrants from oppressive regimes recognize what American liberals think of as progressive.
Illegals are different. The stupid refrain that "the will only do jobs Americans won't" has long been proven false. This originally started in regard to farm workers picking crops. It wasn't legitimate then, it is even less so after 30 years or more of illegals working without prosecution. Who picked crops before illegals did the work? But now illegals do landscaping, worked fast food and restaurant work. Who did it before? Teenagers working entry level, or making money from their neighbors. And now even skilled trades; construction, masonry and painting are difficult to be employed in unless you speak Spanish. And if some fool thinks Im being anti-immigrant...my wife is a legal Cuban immigrant, so I know intimately both sides of this.
This is a two-part conversation. Immigrants of two classes. First are those trying to legally enter with skills or wealth to bring into the country. Second are those entering illegally with little skills or education. It is true that immigrants coming legally have to work with a broken and prohibitive immigration system. It is true that most of them have an entrepreneurial desire often denied to them in their home countries. I also believe foreigners are more likely to start businesses rather than relying on the "new" American idea of getting an good education to get a job. We have vilified risk-taking entrepeneurialship for the safety of working for someone else.
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Illegal Immigrants, Not So Illegal

Ezekiel2230 Wrote: Aug 20, 2012 1:28 AM
My wife had a friend who waited 5 years to immigrate to join his US citizen brother to help in his brother's business (he died before being approved). While I do have sympathy for children moved against their will by their parents; they are still jumping the line after breaking the law. To say they are not competing with legal citizens for jobs because many already were working, only proves an illegal workforce is already straining the system and harming incomes. Employers should be prosecuted for knowing violating immigration laws. If 30 million illegals (by some estimates) live here and the US population is 300 million; how would their absence increase employment and reduce the 8.3%? And how is it illegals get college educations paid for
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