Are we defined by our past?
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#81 May 21, 2013
People never look at how much they pay in taxes. We pay a tax or fee on just about everything we have and everything we do. Try for one month to keep up with all the taxes and fees you pay. Federal, state, city taxes, taxes on your phone bill, lights, gas tax, licenses, permits, property taxes, school millages, 911, library, new courthouse millages. Mandatory car insurance, mandatory health insurance, taxes on prepared food and snacks. The list goes on and on.

Add it all up. Now take lets say 20% of the total. What could you do with the extra money that you have? For some it would pay a car payment or go a long way to cover rent. The bloated out of control government is the problem not a business who needs to pay a certain wage to stay in business. Just think what the government is taking from the employer. How much more could they pay their employees if their taxes and fees were reduced by 20%.

Gotta look at the big picture. DG and the good ole boys might have kept the wages low for a while in Scottsville but the polititians will keep them lower for the nation.

Malvern, PA

#82 May 21, 2013
Im defined of my past I have even lost friends because of it. I only wanted to be happy but they didnt care they think im the bad person. Its okay because Im very happy where I am in my life now:)
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#83 May 27, 2013
Patriot Dad wrote:
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I would say that $10 would be enough if the government didn't take two thirds of it in taxes and fees. My 2 cents.
One thing that I think people don't consider -- but it is absolutely true -- is that it is increased productivity -- not higher wages, that raises our standard of living.

Think about this -- if the government mandated that -every person- in the country was to get a 10 percent increase in income -- but held productivity at the same level -- what would be the result?

The result would be more dollars chasing the same amount of goods. Prices would rise by -at least- 10 percent on everything. We would gain absolutely nothing. We might even lose buying power.

On the other hand -- if productivity went up 10 percent -- but wages stayed the same -- we would all benefit -- prices would necessarily adjust downward and everyone would live better.

It's the old law of "supply and demand". It always works -- unless the government decides to get involved -- then it's anyone's guess what the result would be.

The biggest problem with our country today is that the government meddles in everything. Their meddling hurts rather than helps.

Government programs that encourage people not to work lowers productivity. Lower productivity inevitably leads to a lower average standard of living.

Any program that gives people stuff they didn't earn increases consumption and drives up prices for everyone else.

When someone tells you that they're from the government and are here to help you be very skeptical.

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