we are doing taxes… got our w-2s, 1099s, pile ‘o receipts

i hate it when i hear someone say… ‘i don’t want my taxes paying for x or y’ .. i look at them… and wonder how much of a refund they got.

with all the deductions and credits… they probably have not paid anything other than sales tax on their cigarettes, gas, and shopping

they probably used free e-filing offered to those that make less then x amount.. and then were in a bracket with all of their kids with earned income credits and such to have them get a nice plasma tv on uncle sams dime…

wait… on the dime of the rest of the people that actually have to pay taxes…

people talk about democracy.. and how we all have rights… but when it comes to taxes.. those that actually do not pay anything complain the most.. and fight the hardest so that the top few percent pay the overwhelming balance of taxes.

the tax burden is so skewed that there have been a lot of proposals for fair or flat taxes…

why should the wealthiest 1% pay more than 30% of all taxes in the united states? the redistribution of wealth falls more in line with socialism or marxism than the ‘democracy’ that they dems claim to be for. how is thata even close to fair

Even the most ardent class warriors have no choice but to concede that the U.S. income tax code is steeply progressive — that is, that it soaks the rich. You know the numbers: The richest 1% of all Americans pay 33.7% of all federal income taxes, even after the Bush tax cuts, while the bottom 50% of earners pay a mere 3.6% share.

from wsj

if you want a democracy… then read some de tocqueville … then pay your fair share..

i think this works… equal speak for equal percentage of pay…

someone making $25,000 / yr would say.. pay $2,500 … someone making $100,000 pays a slightly higher percentage.. like $15,000… and so on. a lot fairer than the 20-40% taxes people face now.

making someone that earns more pay more taxes puts them into a situation that makes them decide that they are better off in the lower tax bracket… limit themselves…. after one of my raises.. i was all of a sudden in a new tax bracket.. and that raise was actually a penalty… because they started to take more taxes out..

on the other hand.. higher taxation also robs people that have ‘made’ it… suffer…. like all those hard working game show and lottery winners… that fork over 38% of their earnings before they even see a penny…

i have benefited from things like the earned income credit… and it was double the fun when we had our daughter… but then you have to realize that that money came from someplace… and although some taxes need to be collected to keep the government running… anything beyond that.. to redeploy (that is my new favorite word) that money to someone else that maybe didn’t work as hard… did not invent something people wanted to buy… didn’t assert themselves… just sucks.

again.. part of being good government is taking care of those in need… and some social programs are worth while… but a lot of times.. the money is lost in administrative and buearocratic quagmires (another favorite word) …

any time you say.. take more from person 1 because they make more money… and give it to person 2… you start falling out of what a democracy is supposed to be about. not everyone is equal. some people deserve more money. some people deserve the $25,000 they make flipping burgers… let economic evolution work its magic.