again, Jay, look at what you just said. If we tax the gas companies, they will just pass the cost down to us. BUT WHY? Because they need to improve their bottom line, and that is ALL they care about. We just disagree on whether that is the right thing to do or not.<quoted text>There are many problems in this country and greed is one of them but not just in the context that you are speaking of. There are also alot of people who feel the country owns them something or that they are entitled to whatever they want. Once you give someone something for free without them having to earn it or save for it they become dependent on being give it free. People need to be independent and responsible for there actions. No one makes you to buy a home you can't afford or sign a morgage contract that is interest only for 5 years. Isn't this a form of greed on the part of the buyer and not just the lender?
You and I will never agree on what the government should or shouldn't pay for. I just want as little government as possible and to pay the lowest taxes as possible. I shouldn't have to pay for the mistakes of others or for things they should be doing for themselves
When a business is forced to pay a higher tax who do you think really pays that tax? It is passed directly to the consumer, add a 10 gas tax to a gallon the price will rise 10 cents.
Higher taxes just slow the economy and cause companies to move or cut jobs and or benefits.
Also, did Nike lower their prices after shipping out the manufacturing jobs to Chinese kids? No. So stop apologizing for them- they will not help you out, lower prices, or be human beings with a conscience NO MATTER WHAT THEY PAY IN TAXES! My point is that we'd be better off if we didn't have sociopaths running things.
As for you, what do we do with those who simply can't work- mentally challenged, physically challenged etc...?
PS- when you talk about the mortgage crisis, ask yourself what it is about our dumba$$ society that says it's ok to buy something you don't have the money for. You think maybe they learned THAT from our government?:) There is a serious disconnect between the consumer and their money- almost like the money is just 'there'. They kind of forget that they have to earn it. Could that be because people spend a TON on credit cards? If it weren't for the credit card industry, no one would have had 'money' to go Christmas shopping last year! This is a ridiculous situation, at least we can agree on that!