Commuter

Dalton, GA

#3326 Feb 15, 2013
ChicknButt wrote:
<quoted text>
Let's just take a look at the scoreboard for a moment:
The last time we had a Republican President he absolutely and utterly destroyed the economy of the United States of America.
Wall Street fell apart, millions and millions of Americans were unemployed and homeless, US auto-manufacturing was on the brink of being extinct, and he couldn't catch the bad guys.
Our Republican Congress actually got our credit-rating downgraded. Then they proceeded to do nothing for America, except impede the clean-up.
Then the Republican Party, right after destroying the country, insulted Americans by putting up the most ridiculous and laughable candidates this country has ever seen. Then they did it again the next election.
Republican policies haven't changed ONE-BIT since that happened.
And you REALLY want to complain about the guy who's done a great job getting us back on track? In fact, such a great job that America chose to re-elect him again?
That about sums it up. Final Analysis: Republicans are a freakin' disaster and out of their minds. It's the only possible conclusion that you can come up with.
So save your griping for somebody who DOESN'T remember what happens when Republicans are in charge.
When our country folds, you and your democrat buds can pat yourself on the back! 17 trillion in debt (and counting) is not something to easily come back from.
Informed Opinion

Naples, FL

#3327 Feb 15, 2013
ChicknButt wrote:
<quoted text>Let's just take a look at the scoreboard for a moment:

The last time we had a Republican President he absolutely and utterly destroyed the economy of the United States of America.

Wall Street fell apart, millions and millions of Americans were unemployed and homeless, US auto-manufacturing was on the brink of being extinct, and he couldn't catch the bad guys.

Our Republican Congress actually got our credit-rating downgraded. Then they proceeded to do nothing for America, except impede the clean-up.

Then the Republican Party, right after destroying the country, insulted Americans by putting up the most ridiculous and laughable candidates this country has ever seen. Then they did it again the next election.

Republican policies haven't changed ONE-BIT since that happened.

And you REALLY want to complain about the guy who's done a great job getting us back on track? In fact, such a great job that America chose to re-elect him again?

That about sums it up. Final Analysis: Republicans are a freakin' disaster and out of their minds. It's the only possible conclusion that you can come up with.

So save your griping for somebody who DOESN'T remember what happens when Republicans are in charge.
You are so wrong.

Look how great the past years have been for Billionaires. The economy is doing exactly what it should - making billionaires even richer!

Here's the facts:

The Forbes 400: The Richest People In America


The combined net worth of the 2012 class of the 400 richest Americans is $1.7 trillion, up from $1.5 trillion a year ago.
-
The average net worth of a Forbes 400 member is a staggering $4.2 billion, up from $3.8 billion, and the highest ever, as two-thirds of the individuals added to their fortunes in the past year.

- Another factor: the gap between the very rich and the merely rich is widening.
- The country’s three richest entrepreneurs drove much of those gains, continuing to add billions to their net worth, even as they give money away. Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Larry Ellison, who hold onto their respective spots at numbers 1, 2 and 3, were up $7 billion,$7 billion and $8 billion, respectively.
- Even after adjusting for inflation, this year’s entry fee ($1.1 billion) is roughly six times what it was 30 years ago .
Laurene Powell Jobs, who is the richest newcomer with a net worth of $11 billion).
- No one fell more dramatically than Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, whose fortune stumbled $8.1 billion, making him the year’s biggest loser. He is still $2.5 billion richer than he was two years ago.

See how great tax cuts for the rich are working ?

Damn, if only we cut taxes more for these Billionaires - we would have an even greater budget surplus and be paying down the national debt even faster.

Why don't people understand ?

Since: Jan 10

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#3328 Feb 15, 2013
ChicknButt wrote:
<quoted text>
Let's just take a look at the scoreboard for a moment:
The last time we had a Republican President he absolutely and utterly destroyed the economy of the United States of America.
Wall Street fell apart, millions and millions of Americans were unemployed and homeless, US auto-manufacturing was on the brink of being extinct, and he couldn't catch the bad guys.
Our Republican Congress actually got our credit-rating downgraded. Then they proceeded to do nothing for America, except impede the clean-up.
Then the Republican Party, right after destroying the country, insulted Americans by putting up the most ridiculous and laughable candidates this country has ever seen. Then they did it again the next election.
Republican policies haven't changed ONE-BIT since that happened.
And you REALLY want to complain about the guy who's done a great job getting us back on track? In fact, such a great job that America chose to re-elect him again?
That about sums it up. Final Analysis: Republicans are a freakin' disaster and out of their minds. It's the only possible conclusion that you can come up with.
So save your griping for somebody who DOESN'T remember what happens when Republicans are in charge.
"The last time we had a Republican President he absolutely and utterly destroyed the economy of the United States of America.
Wall Street fell apart, millions and millions of Americans were unemployed and homeless"

So Barney Frank, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, etc. get a free pass? Typical uneducated comment. You know enough to be dangerous.

"Then the Republican Party, right after destroying the country, insulted Americans by putting up the most ridiculous and laughable candidates this country has ever seen. Then they did it again the next election."

+1 Fair points. But, IF you TRULY believe running someone that had no previous experience running anything was a better choice, you're in for quite a debate. BTW, how did that work out for ya?

BTW, McCain was not a good choice, but I don't recall anyone else that would have been acceptable. Romney was not my first choice, nor my second.

"And you REALLY want to complain about the guy who's done a great job getting us back on track?"

LMAO big time. A "great job"? Seriously? Are you paying attention to what's been going on, or are you so anti-Republican that you're missing things (too many to list)? What EXACTLY has he done? Do you know the last time we had a budget? Do you know what the country's debt is and how long it will take to pay down or get to a reasonable level?

"In fact, such a great job that America chose to re-elect him again?"

The takers now outnumber the makers. Santa Claus has shown up early. The clueless outnumber those that understand what's happening. People want to be a socialist country. Around half the country doesn't pay federal income tax. The liberal goal appears to be to have 50.1% of those eligible to vote on welfare.

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#3329 Feb 15, 2013
Informed Opinion wrote:
<quoted text>
You are so wrong.
Look how great the past years have been for Billionaires. The economy is doing exactly what it should - making billionaires even richer!
Here's the facts:
The Forbes 400: The Richest People In America
The combined net worth of the 2012 class of the 400 richest Americans is $1.7 trillion, up from $1.5 trillion a year ago.
-
The average net worth of a Forbes 400 member is a staggering $4.2 billion, up from $3.8 billion, and the highest ever, as two-thirds of the individuals added to their fortunes in the past year.
- Another factor: the gap between the very rich and the merely rich is widening.
- The country’s three richest entrepreneurs drove much of those gains, continuing to add billions to their net worth, even as they give money away. Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Larry Ellison, who hold onto their respective spots at numbers 1, 2 and 3, were up $7 billion,$7 billion and $8 billion, respectively.
- Even after adjusting for inflation, this year’s entry fee ($1.1 billion) is roughly six times what it was 30 years ago .
Laurene Powell Jobs, who is the richest newcomer with a net worth of $11 billion).
- No one fell more dramatically than Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, whose fortune stumbled $8.1 billion, making him the year’s biggest loser. He is still $2.5 billion richer than he was two years ago.
See how great tax cuts for the rich are working ?
Damn, if only we cut taxes more for these Billionaires - we would have an even greater budget surplus and be paying down the national debt even faster.
Why don't people understand ?
The clueless and uneducated wealth envy dude rears his ugly head again...This EVIL rich people!

If you TOOK all of the wealth of the around 400-500 billionaires in the US, how long do you think it would run the country? What would it do to the $16.5 TRILLION debt we have? For how long? What do we do next?
ChicknButt

Douglasville, GA

#3330 Feb 15, 2013
Commuter wrote:
<quoted text>
When our country folds, you and your democrat buds can pat yourself on the back! 17 trillion in debt (and counting) is not something to easily come back from.
Oh Yeah! Thanks for reminding me!

We can't forget how the Bush Tax Cuts, his 2-unfunded wars, and mopping up from the biggest recession the country has seen in the last 80 years put us in debt. Thanks Republicans!
Informed Opinion

Naples, FL

#3331 Feb 15, 2013
Bill in Dville wrote:
<quoted text>The clueless and uneducated wealth envy dude rears his ugly head again...This EVIL rich people!

If you TOOK all of the wealth of the around 400-500 billionaires in the US, how long do you think it would run the country? What would it do to the $16.5 TRILLION debt we have? For how long? What do we do next?
How about we just tax 'me at 50%, Poor folks would have to have an average of only $2 or $3 Billion to survive on.

The richest 400 Americans have more money than the bottom 80 million Americans combined.

I know .... Let's do nothing and that way statisticians tell us that in less than 10 years the richest 400 people will have more money than the bottom 150 million Americans.

Yep, that's great for America.

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#3332 Feb 15, 2013
Informed Opinion wrote:
<quoted text>
How about we just tax 'me at 50%, Poor folks would have to have an average of only $2 or $3 Billion to survive on.
The richest 400 Americans have more money than the bottom 80 million Americans combined.
I know .... Let's do nothing and that way statisticians tell us that in less than 10 years the richest 400 people will have more money than the bottom 150 million Americans.
Yep, that's great for America.
And?

"How about we just tax 'me at 50%"

Tax YOU at 50%? LMAO.

Hey, Einstein, you'd be taxing their wealth, not their income. Make up your mind, if you're understanding what you're trying to do...

What are you going to do after you TAKE 50% from those EVIL rich people. How much of a dent does it put in our country's debt? What then? Tax 'em (note the proper spelling) again? Then what? Think these people will stick around?

Amazing you can argue one side of the argument (and not very well at that) yet not address questions posed that expose the weakness of your points...

Typical, yet not unexpected...

----
Wealth envy is an ugly thing. They have it. You don't.

Somebody else got all the breaks. You didn't.

They got an education. You didn't.

They worked their a$$es off, including long hours and weekends. You didn't.

They took risks, including investing their own money if necessary, to build a business. You didn't.

"Shared prosperity" = Socialism...

If youre not a liberal at 20, you have no heart, and if youre not a conservative at 40, you have no head. Winston Churchill

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. Winston Churchill

Common sense is a flower that doesnt grow in everyones garden

The entire liberal philosophy is based on anti-individualism and burdened down with a complete lack of logic. No liberal has ever been able to explain why it is OK for someone to use the government to do for them what would be a crime if they did it for themselves- such as seize someone elses property because you think you need it more than they do

"You didn't build that" Barack Obama

Since: Nov 08

Location hidden

#3333 Feb 15, 2013
ChicknButt wrote:
<quoted text>
Let's just take a look at the scoreboard for a moment:
The last time we had a Republican President he absolutely and utterly destroyed the economy of the United States of America.
Wall Street fell apart, millions and millions of Americans were unemployed and homeless, US auto-manufacturing was on the brink of being extinct, and he couldn't catch the bad guys.
Our Republican Congress actually got our credit-rating downgraded. Then they proceeded to do nothing for America, except impede the clean-up.
Then the Republican Party, right after destroying the country, insulted Americans by putting up the most ridiculous and laughable candidates this country has ever seen. Then they did it again the next election.
Republican policies haven't changed ONE-BIT since that happened.
And you REALLY want to complain about the guy who's done a great job getting us back on track? In fact, such a great job that America chose to re-elect him again?
That about sums it up. Final Analysis: Republicans are a freakin' disaster and out of their minds. It's the only possible conclusion that you can come up with.
So save your griping for somebody who DOESN'T remember what happens when Republicans are in charge.
Seriously, how does someone GET as brainwashed as you are? It is absolutely astounding. If you call Obama a leader, you haven't even BEEN in line. Sheesh......

Since: Nov 08

Location hidden

#3334 Feb 15, 2013
Bill in Dville wrote:
<quoted text>
"The last time we had a Republican President he absolutely and utterly destroyed the economy of the United States of America.
Wall Street fell apart, millions and millions of Americans were unemployed and homeless"
So Barney Frank, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, etc. get a free pass? Typical uneducated comment. You know enough to be dangerous.
"Then the Republican Party, right after destroying the country, insulted Americans by putting up the most ridiculous and laughable candidates this country has ever seen. Then they did it again the next election."
+1 Fair points. But, IF you TRULY believe running someone that had no previous experience running anything was a better choice, you're in for quite a debate. BTW, how did that work out for ya?
BTW, McCain was not a good choice, but I don't recall anyone else that would have been acceptable. Romney was not my first choice, nor my second.
"And you REALLY want to complain about the guy who's done a great job getting us back on track?"
LMAO big time. A "great job"? Seriously? Are you paying attention to what's been going on, or are you so anti-Republican that you're missing things (too many to list)? What EXACTLY has he done? Do you know the last time we had a budget? Do you know what the country's debt is and how long it will take to pay down or get to a reasonable level?
"In fact, such a great job that America chose to re-elect him again?"
The takers now outnumber the makers. Santa Claus has shown up early. The clueless outnumber those that understand what's happening. People want to be a socialist country. Around half the country doesn't pay federal income tax. The liberal goal appears to be to have 50.1% of those eligible to vote on welfare.
Obama has succeeded in getting the liberals riled up against the successful so that he can run around campaigning against the Republicans. That way, he won't have to do anything else and he can "appear" to be the Savior. The libs don't even see how gulllible they are. I DO give Obama credit for being a master manipulator. He has THAT down to a science.
ChicknButt

Decatur, GA

#3335 Feb 15, 2013
Synergy wrote:
<quoted text>
Obama has succeeded in getting the liberals riled up against the successful so that he can run around campaigning against the Republicans. That way, he won't have to do anything else and he can "appear" to be the Savior. The libs don't even see how gulllible they are. I DO give Obama credit for being a master manipulator. He has THAT down to a science.
As if you aren't Rove and the Koch Brothers perfect little sock-puppet. You're spouting off exactly what they WANT you to spout off. And their message is NOT good for Americans, America, people, or the planet in general. It's good for them. You've been marketed to, masterfully.

Now you're so deep into it that you've taken their propaganda on as part of your personality and identity. You couldn't change your mind if you wanted to. But it's ok, if you decide to wise up and start thinking we'll give you a warm welcome to the smart way of thinking. No need to be embarrassed.

Since: Nov 08

Location hidden

#3336 Feb 15, 2013
ChicknButt wrote:
<quoted text>
As if you aren't Rove and the Koch Brothers perfect little sock-puppet. You're spouting off exactly what they WANT you to spout off. And their message is NOT good for Americans, America, people, or the planet in general. It's good for them. You've been marketed to, masterfully.
Now you're so deep into it that you've taken their propaganda on as part of your personality and identity. You couldn't change your mind if you wanted to. But it's ok, if you decide to wise up and start thinking we'll give you a warm welcome to the smart way of thinking. No need to be embarrassed.
lol Yep! YOUR programming has 100% taken.

BTW, I heard "The Devil Came Down To Georgia" yesterday. Did you go and lie down so he could use you as his RED carpet?
CSIP

Fitzgerald, GA

#3337 Feb 15, 2013
It seems to me the republicans are campaigning against themselves. They really think the average american is dumb. I voted for Obama because the alternative was Romney. Romney had the better budget plan I think, but that last debate really showed his ignorance when it come to foriegn affairs. The man broke out sweating and almost conceded. This whole national debt is real, but it's not like there's anybody going to come collecting. It's mainly the only thing the republicans got to cause fear and confusion. Most of this debt was there when Obama got there. It doesn't matter who was put in there. It's going to take decades to get back right after Bushhog. I try not to sweat the small stuff. I do on the other hand have problem with being spyed on and/or killed. I think if a man is at his home he should be left alone. I also think that an american citizen should have a fair trial or at least be given the chance to surrender. I think if little Johnny gets caught by them over there. I'm sure his family and him would rather him be tortured a little bit than killed.
color

Blairsville, GA

#3338 Feb 15, 2013
Synergy wrote:
<quoted text>
Seriously, how does someone GET as brainwashed as you are? It is absolutely astounding. If you call Obama a leader, you haven't even BEEN in line. Sheesh......
You and your other 2 sock puppets are about as clueless at one can get. Obama is the leader of the free world, now thats a fact. You can disagree with him all you want, thats what makes this country great. But you have closed what mind you have left when it comes to the facts. The facts as to how we got in this situation to start with and what has been done to try and recover and on and on an on. You have turned disagreeing into pure hate, and the only reason is color, the ONLY reason.
CSIP

Fitzgerald, GA

#3339 Feb 15, 2013
color wrote:
<quoted text>
You and your other 2 sock puppets are about as clueless at one can get. Obama is the leader of the free world, now thats a fact. You can disagree with him all you want, thats what makes this country great. But you have closed what mind you have left when it comes to the facts. The facts as to how we got in this situation to start with and what has been done to try and recover and on and on an on. You have turned disagreeing into pure hate, and the only reason is color, the ONLY reason.
For alot I'm sure your correct. Either way this presidency will be remembered as an example for future presidents and congress what the outcome is when neither side is willing to budge. A filibuster. It's has been one crisis after another and all Obama would have to do is give up Obamacare to make this government work again. It's all a big pissing contest.
Shoes on the other foot

Blairsville, GA

#3340 Feb 15, 2013
Bill in Dville wrote:
<quoted text>
The clueless and uneducated wealth envy dude rears his ugly head again...This EVIL rich people!
If you TOOK all of the wealth of the around 400-500 billionaires in the US, how long do you think it would run the country? What would it do to the $16.5 TRILLION debt we have? For how long? What do we do next?
You talk about "wealth envy" quite a lot. That leads me to believe that your problem really is with pride, not whether a bunch of "takers" are going to loot your wealth. You might want to try and humble yourself sometimes. Like the bible says, you can't take it with you.

But you do put up a few good arguments. And one of those is whether our country should tax wealth as opposed to earnings. There are many people out there who believe the rich should be taxed on their wealth. It's been pointed out many times that the very rich usually don't "earn" much money (unless you're a golfer!) and accrue their money often through capital gains (which typically are taxed lower than similar dollars earned by an average "worker").

I'm not so sure taxing the rich at higher rates, or just plain taking it away - as some suggest - is the answer. I myself don't "envy" the rich. But I do think our country should take a long, hard look at how our tax system is set up and level the playing field.

Personally, I think all income, whether from the sweat of the brow, or capital gains, should be taxed equally. I don't subscribe to this nonsensical idea that the rich should get tax breaks on investments because only the rich create jobs. If there weren't garbage truck drivers and carpenters and millions of other common Americans out there spending their paychecks on groceries, gas, etc. there would be no jobs. So while the "working class" might no create jobs, they certainly do create the demand for jobs to be created.

I think it's really time to rework the tax code and make it fairer for all citizens. Take away the loopholes and tax breaks. If we all pay our fair share of taxes our country will be much better off.

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#3341 Feb 15, 2013
CSIP wrote:
It seems to me the republicans are campaigning against themselves. They really think the average american is dumb. I voted for Obama because the alternative was Romney. Romney had the better budget plan I think, but that last debate really showed his ignorance when it come to foriegn affairs. The man broke out sweating and almost conceded. This whole national debt is real, but it's not like there's anybody going to come collecting. It's mainly the only thing the republicans got to cause fear and confusion. Most of this debt was there when Obama got there. It doesn't matter who was put in there. It's going to take decades to get back right after Bushhog. I try not to sweat the small stuff. I do on the other hand have problem with being spyed on and/or killed. I think if a man is at his home he should be left alone. I also think that an american citizen should have a fair trial or at least be given the chance to surrender. I think if little Johnny gets caught by them over there. I'm sure his family and him would rather him be tortured a little bit than killed.
"Romney had the better budget plan I think..."

You think? What budget plan does the POTUSA have?

"Most of this debt was there when Obama got there."

No, it wasn't.

"This whole national debt is real, but it's not like there's anybody going to come collecting."

Really? BTW, do you know how much interesting is accruing on the debt?

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#3342 Feb 15, 2013
Shoes on the other foot wrote:
<quoted text>
You talk about "wealth envy" quite a lot. That leads me to believe that your problem really is with pride, not whether a bunch of "takers" are going to loot your wealth. You might want to try and humble yourself sometimes. Like the bible says, you can't take it with you.
But you do put up a few good arguments. And one of those is whether our country should tax wealth as opposed to earnings. There are many people out there who believe the rich should be taxed on their wealth. It's been pointed out many times that the very rich usually don't "earn" much money (unless you're a golfer!) and accrue their money often through capital gains (which typically are taxed lower than similar dollars earned by an average "worker").
I'm not so sure taxing the rich at higher rates, or just plain taking it away - as some suggest - is the answer. I myself don't "envy" the rich. But I do think our country should take a long, hard look at how our tax system is set up and level the playing field.
Personally, I think all income, whether from the sweat of the brow, or capital gains, should be taxed equally. I don't subscribe to this nonsensical idea that the rich should get tax breaks on investments because only the rich create jobs. If there weren't garbage truck drivers and carpenters and millions of other common Americans out there spending their paychecks on groceries, gas, etc. there would be no jobs. So while the "working class" might no create jobs, they certainly do create the demand for jobs to be created.
I think it's really time to rework the tax code and make it fairer for all citizens. Take away the loopholes and tax breaks. If we all pay our fair share of taxes our country will be much better off.
You have some fair points, your first paragraph is clueless, but that's OK.

Some states already tax wealth (property taxes, ad valorem, etc.), not to mention "death taxes".

"and accrue their money often through capital gains (which typically are taxed lower than similar dollars earned by an average "worker")"

Is it accrue or earn? BTW, do you know the rationale as to why capital gains are (currently) taxed at a lower rate for ALL of us?

"I think it's really time to rework the tax code and make it fairer for all citizens. Take away the loopholes and tax breaks. If we all pay our fair share of taxes our country will be much better off."

+1

Likely the best comment you have made in here. However, can you define fair? Should everybody pay something? Should all pay the same rate (a flat tax)? On income? On spending (the FairTax)? On wealth? If on wealth, how do you do it, the process would be nightmarish, probably more so than what we go through preparing tax returns...

Since: Nov 12

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#3344 Feb 15, 2013
color wrote:
<quoted text>
You and your other 2 sock puppets are about as clueless at one can get. Obama is the leader of the free world, now thats a fact. You can disagree with him all you want, thats what makes this country great. But you have closed what mind you have left when it comes to the facts. The facts as to how we got in this situation to start with and what has been done to try and recover and on and on an on. You have turned disagreeing into pure hate, and the only reason is color, the ONLY reason.
The default position of those who cannot support their position with actual facts because the truth is that this administration's policies have only made economic conditions worse. Blame all you want on Bush, but the truth is that if you want to look at the housing crisis and it's impact on the economy go look at the Community Investment Act, the Clinton Justice Dept breathing down the necks of banks so they would offer home loans to those who couldn't afford them, and Christopher Dodd and Barney Frank protecting Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to keep their contributions and sweetheart deals coming in. My disagreement with Obama's positions (and most Democrat positions) is based on policies that are proven to be detrimental to the country - never based on skin color. But you keep screaming racism, that's what the ignorant do best.

Since: Nov 12

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#3345 Feb 15, 2013
Shoes on the other foot wrote:
<quoted text>
You talk about "wealth envy" quite a lot. That leads me to believe that your problem really is with pride, not whether a bunch of "takers" are going to loot your wealth. You might want to try and humble yourself sometimes. Like the bible says, you can't take it with you.
But you do put up a few good arguments. And one of those is whether our country should tax wealth as opposed to earnings. There are many people out there who believe the rich should be taxed on their wealth. It's been pointed out many times that the very rich usually don't "earn" much money (unless you're a golfer!) and accrue their money often through capital gains (which typically are taxed lower than similar dollars earned by an average "worker").
I'm not so sure taxing the rich at higher rates, or just plain taking it away - as some suggest - is the answer. I myself don't "envy" the rich. But I do think our country should take a long, hard look at how our tax system is set up and level the playing field.
Personally, I think all income, whether from the sweat of the brow, or capital gains, should be taxed equally. I don't subscribe to this nonsensical idea that the rich should get tax breaks on investments because only the rich create jobs. If there weren't garbage truck drivers and carpenters and millions of other common Americans out there spending their paychecks on groceries, gas, etc. there would be no jobs. So while the "working class" might no create jobs, they certainly do create the demand for jobs to be created.
I think it's really time to rework the tax code and make it fairer for all citizens. Take away the loopholes and tax breaks. If we all pay our fair share of taxes our country will be much better off.
Some of your points are valid, some are not when looking at the bigger picture. Taxing capital gains at the same rate as income will bring more money into the public coffers, but that is going to hurt the middle class far more than it will hurt the uber rich. Granted with the current housing market, this example is not as good as usual, however, typically the biggest capital gain your average American earned was if they sold their house after living in it for a decade or more. You sell your house and with the increased value that it was sold at, you can purchase a bigger and better house. But if the difference between what you paid and what you sold your house for is taxed at the same rate as income, it is going to be much less likely to enable you to upgrade to a nicer house. Or if senior citizens want to sell their family home and downsize, the "profit" they would have made to put towards their retirement has just been slashed dramatically. This is the problem with "quick fixes" and soundbites that sound good on paper until you start looking at the real impact they have on average citizens.

But can you imagine the impact of a flat tax of 12% on everyone with no deductions except to perhaps exempt the bottom tier of wage earners. You could virtually eliminate the IRS - that same IRS that asked for over 1,200 new employees for 2012 at a cost to taxpayers of an additional $473 millions. And that same IRS that has increased audits on small businesses from 32% to 94% depending on the size of the business - and that is a whole lot of money spent by those businesses that could be spent on expansion and employees.
ChicknButt

Decatur, GA

#3346 Feb 15, 2013
Aggie23 wrote:
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My disagreement with Obama's positions...(are)never based on skin color. But you keep screaming racism, that's what the ignorant do best.
I applaud you if you reject racism and racist stereotypes.

Let's assume that the previous poster didn't mean you specifically were racist, but that there was a very strong and hard-to-ignore element of racism involved with Republican supporters in general.

Would you deny that premise or support it?

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