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'Bait and Switch' Taxes

Harry343 Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 2:43 PM
No one is "given" opportunites. Opportunities are available for those who want to pursue them. However, if Obama is re-elected, then both of our comments are meaningless. When he's done, you'll have the "elite" and everyone else; and if you're not born into the "elite," you will never be able to change your status. A return to how things have been throughout most of human history.
myhumbleopin Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 3:36 PM
Definitely! And I do not believe in handouts for those who will not work!
myhumbleopin Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 3:33 PM
I wouldn't call that luck; I'd call it a wise use of available resources/talents.
Ken6226 Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 3:32 PM
There's a difference between providing opportunites and subsidizing lazines. The government does little of the former and much of the latter.
Mother of 4 -- the original Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 3:26 PM
Luck tends to come to those who prepare themselves take advantage of it and then seek it out.
myhumbleopin Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 3:17 PM
In the general use of the term people are indeed "given" opportunities. Some opportunities one falls into, some are sought out, but others are indeed "given" by others one meets on the pathways of life. A lot of people admit to being lucky in life, in finding material wealth, or having great parents, etc., while others choose not to admit that that is part of their story.
Mother of 4 -- the original Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 3:13 PM
What's compassion got to do with anything?

Compassion drives private charity, not tax policy.
SVARA Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 3:13 PM
M of 4 I agree that they sneaked in because I am a Texan and also see that they are getting many freebies courtesy of our librat leaders and spineless politicians that we don't receive. They crowd the ER areas with a sore throat etc. have anchors at our expense, bi-lingual ed. without paying school taxes and don't get us started on other freebies. No wonder they have a good life plus no filing of income taxes.
myhumbleopin Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 3:07 PM
Tsk-tsk. "Failure" is relative, as is "success." And you don't sound like a very compassion person.
Mother of 4 -- the original Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 3:00 PM
MHO,

If illiterate Mexican peasants who don't even speak English can sneak into the US illegally and make a good life for themselves and their families then no American has any excuse for failing.
Mother of 4 -- the original Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 2:58 PM
"No one is "given" opportunites. Opportunities are available for those who want to pursue them."

Nicely put.
myhumbleopin Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 2:54 PM
I disagree. People are born and raised in different socio-economic cultures. Exposed to different influences and opportunities. You can't reach for the stars if you don't know they exist.
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...