Letter for Tuesday, Nov. 13
Why do we all pay taxes?
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Larry, I don’t think it is a question of deceiving, but rather a different way of looking at things than you do.
We live with a capitalist economy. For it to be successful, there needs to be an equatable distribution of the wealth created from producing stuff. Forbes magazine reported last year that only 3 Billionaires control as much wealth as the bottom 50% of Americans. This disparity is well displayed on the web page called the L-curve.
It is not a good thing when that much wealth is controlled by so few people. These 3 billionaires think that because they know how to make money they are equally as smart in all human endeavors. For instance Bill Gates spends a lot of his money shaping the debate around Education. While some agree with Gates support of Charter Schools, many view them as a threat to Public Schools. This creates a class division since only the less-well-off families will go to the public schools where they will receive a lesser quality eduction.
If it is okay that poor people never get a chance to get ahead, then tax everyone the same.
But if we consider that the distribution of income is unfairly distributed, then one way of making up for that inequality is by taxing those with all the money at higher rates.
“We live with a capitalist economy. For it to be successful, there needs to be an equatable distribution of the wealth created from producing stuff.”
Yes, John We certainly do look at things differently. Your statement quoted above is absolute nonsense. There is no such thing in a real free market economy as an equitable distribution of the wealth. This rubbish is based on the false premise that all people are equal in intelligence, education preparation, physical ability, persistence and motivation. In other words, your premise is an affront to nature where we all have varying capacities and capabilities. These differing characteristics determine our life outcomes.
Enough with the Marxist class BS and socialist pipe dreaming…history clearly shows that this ideology is nothing if not murderous and detrimental to humanity. Unless, of course, you happen to be one of the elite party chiefs–you know, like Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Pol Pot, Chavez and the North Korean Kims.
Thank you for writing this. So true.
Nobody likes to pay taxes. There is a misconception that Liberals, like myself, love to pay taxes. We do not. We do however live in a society and that means we all contribute.
You are looking at your numbers in the wrong way and your letter is misleading.
If it takes 100 dollars to make the government function then your low earners is contributing 15 dollars and your high earner is contributing 85 dollars. You think that this is unfair.
You want to make it “fair,” so 20 dollars from each and the government is 60% short on its budget. The only fair way would be 50 dollars each. That’s half of what the low-income earner makes for the entire year.
Nothing wrong with complaining about taxes, we all do. The top 1% should be paying more in taxes not less. That is how we built up this country. If you want to, “Make America Great Again,” then you can do it by getting the tax rate on the rich to where it was at that time, slightly higher than it is today and with less loopholes.
If you want the top earners to pay less in taxes then move to a country where that is true. Guatemala, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria and Russia.
We have a state sales tax of 4%. Isn’t this the same for all people, regardless of income or wealth? Both the rich and poor pay the exact same tax when buying a loaf of bread. This money goes to provide services. So, your argument is based on only one of many taxes and therefore somewhat deceptive in breadth.
It doesn’t matter what tax we’re talking about. All taxes pay for government services. Services provided equally to all income levels. Except that there seem to be a lot more government services provided for lower income classes.
All taxes are paid based on a percentage. The more you make, the more taxes you pay. The more you make, the more you are likely to spend, and therefore the more you pay in sales taxes. Sales taxes, which in turn pay for equally distributed government services.