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  • Re: The 112th Congress - The first Orange-American to be elected Speaker

    Originally posted by unofan View Post
    Because that isn't regressive at all, when rich people can simply not spend money while poor people have to spend everything just to live.
    Just because there's a sales tax doesn't mean the rich will stop spending their money (unless they have reason to believe they can get rid of the tax in a fairly short amount of time, in which case they would certainly delay at least some of their purchases).
    Fairly old but humorous article: What the ultra-rich spend their money on

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    • Re: The 112th Congress - The first Orange-American to be elected Speaker

      Originally posted by MinnFan View Post
      I know we've had this discussion before, but that money goes to specific programs and has nothing to do with running the gov't. In fact, the income tax revenue is now paying for those programs. So I ask again, what percentage of the population should pay for the running of the federal gov't?
      That's a lie. It doesn't go to specific programs. It goes in the general fund. They DO NOT budget them separately. If they did then the government wouldn't owe it self money for stealing that money and we wouldn't have as much debt.

      They take money from SS all the time to run the government. Ryan is balancing the budget by eliminating Medicare, do you think he's giving us back that 3%. NO. Try again.

      EVERYONE PAYS TAXES.
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        Originally posted by ScoobyDoo View Post
        That's a lie. It doesn't go to specific programs. It goes in the general fund. They DO NOT budget them separately. If they did then the government wouldn't owe it self money for stealing that money and we wouldn't have as much debt.

        They take money from SS all the time to run the government. Ryan is balancing the budget by eliminating Medicare, do you think he's giving us back that 3%. NO. Try again.

        EVERYONE PAYS TAXES.
        yes, everyone who works pay taxes (except those that the "making work pay" credit covers their FICA), but not eveyone pays income taxes.

        And they are held seperately
        FICA Tax

        FICA is a tax that is collected by a federal tax department; this levying process is held separately from more common taxation because other funding is typically obtained through the Internal Revenue Service.
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        • Re: The 112th Congress - The first Orange-American to be elected Speaker

          Originally posted by Kepler View Post
          Secondly, I don't understand why corporations pay taxes at all. I would zero out all corporate tax rates and then tax the ef out of high income earners. Let capital flow and create jobs. Collect the money from the people who have it.
          I'd make one exception: to the extent that it's possible to do so, I'd tax corporate money leaving the country heavily. I don't know if it's feasible, but it would support the mission of pushing companies to reinvest in the U.S.
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          • Re: The 112th Congress - The first Orange-American to be elected Speaker

            Originally posted by Craig P. View Post
            I'd make one exception: to the extent that it's possible to do so, I'd tax corporate money leaving the country heavily. I don't know if it's feasible, but it would support the mission of pushing companies to reinvest in the U.S.
            If there was no corporate tax here you wouldn't have to worry about that money leaving the country. We'd be the biggest tax haven in the business world.
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            • Re: The 112th Congress - The first Orange-American to be elected Speaker

              Originally posted by Bakunin View Post
              Just because there's a sales tax doesn't mean the rich will stop spending their money (unless they have reason to believe they can get rid of the tax in a fairly short amount of time, in which case they would certainly delay at least some of their purchases).
              Fairly old but humorous article: What the ultra-rich spend their money on
              Yeah, but a family earning 30,000/year probably spends 95% of that, and saves 5% if they're lucky. So any sales tax affects 95% of their income, or 28,500. For ease of numbers, assume a 20% sales tax. They're paying 5700 in sales taxes, or an effective rate of 19%.

              A family with 75,000/year probably spends what, 80-90% of that? Say they spend 85% and save 15%. So they're being taxed on 63,750. At 20%, that means they're paying $12,750, for an effective rate of 17%.

              A family earning $250,000/year spends 75% and saves 25%. So they're taxed on their $187,500 in spending, which leads to a tax bill of $37,500. That's an effective rate of 15%.

              Any "prebate" espoused by the Fair Tax idiots simply shifts the burden from the dirt poor to the middle class. It doesn't change the inherit regressiveness of the sales tax or its hidden cousin, the VAT. This is true because the more money you have, the less you need to spend and, unless you're a complete idiot, the more you can save without breaking a sweat. And since we are taxing spending, the rich won't pay as much in tax on a percentage basis.
              Last edited by unofan; 04-14-2011, 12:52 PM.

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              • Re: The 112th Congress - The first Orange-American to be elected Speaker

                Originally posted by MinnFan View Post
                If there was no corporate tax here you wouldn't have to worry about that money leaving the country. We'd be the biggest tax haven in the business world.
                So you'd be all for eliminating the corporate tax but treating any resulting capital gains/dividends as ordinary income? Cause I'm down for that - eliminates the whole issue of double taxation, and treats asset-based income on the same level as labor-based income.

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                • Re: The 112th Congress - The first Orange-American to be elected Speaker

                  Originally posted by unofan View Post
                  Any "prebate" espoused by the Fair Tax idiots simply shifts the burden from the dirt poor to the middle class. It doesn't change the inherit regressiveness of the sales tax or its hidden cousin, the VAT. This is true because the more money you have, the less you need to spend and, unless you're a complete idiot, the more you can save without breaking a sweat.
                  And the more that you can invest and grow the economy.
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                  • Re: The 112th Congress - The first Orange-American to be elected Speaker

                    Originally posted by unofan View Post
                    So you'd be all for eliminating the corporate tax but treating any resulting capital gains/dividends as ordinary income? Cause I'm down for that - eliminates the whole issue of double taxation, and treats asset-based income on the same level as labor-based income.
                    Sure, if we go to a flat or fair tax. No more loopholes, everyone pays the same rate. The reason that capital gains are taxed at a lower rate now is because we want to encourage investing. Discouraging it would be a very bad thing for the economy.
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                    • Re: The 112th Congress - The first Orange-American to be elected Speaker

                      Originally posted by MinnFan View Post
                      They problem you have is who defines what isn't productive. For example, its takes a lot of energy to make steel. Is that now not productive?
                      Good thing all the manufacturing left the country decades ago. Shouldn't be a problem anymore.
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                      • Re: The 112th Congress - The first Orange-American to be elected Speaker

                        Originally posted by MinnFan View Post
                        They problem you have is who defines what isn't productive. For example, its takes a lot of energy to make steel. Is that now not productive?
                        Mining is about the most energy-intensive activity on the planet. I'm thinkin' we probably need copper.

                        The way to "tax" energy inefficient industries is pretty obvious...
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                        • Re: The 112th Congress - The first Orange-American to be elected Speaker

                          Originally posted by unofan View Post
                          So you'd be all for eliminating the corporate tax but treating any resulting capital gains/dividends as ordinary income? Cause I'm down for that - eliminates the whole issue of double taxation, and treats asset-based income on the same level as labor-based income.
                          Yes. While we're at it, all the tax breaks have to go. Those box seats at Citi Field that companies get to write off as "entertainment" expenses? No more of that crap. Those are now private goods that get taxed as private gain (which is exactly what they really are, after all).

                          They should thank us. Have you seen the Mets play?

                          It would also be one small step towards driving a nail into the coffin of the current system where the public subsidizes industries paying lobbyists to bribe Congressmen to vote against the public interest. No more of that crap either. All campaign contributions have to be from private individuals and they all have to be on the public record. Let's see who's bribing whom.
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                          • Re: The 112th Congress - The first Orange-American to be elected Speaker

                            Originally posted by bronconick View Post
                            Good thing all the manufacturing left the country decades ago. Shouldn't be a problem anymore.
                            Manufacturing output has remained constant as a percent of GDP. Its the jobs in manufacturing that have left. It winds up being cheaper to use robots here or go somewhere else with less stringent business laws.

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                            • Re: The 112th Congress - The first Orange-American to be elected Speaker

                              Originally posted by MinnFan View Post
                              Sure, if we go to a flat or fair tax. No more loopholes, everyone pays the same rate. The reason that capital gains are taxed at a lower rate now is because we want to encourage investing. Discouraging it would be a very bad thing for the economy.
                              No no no, you don't get two changes to my one. It's a straight up trade, a 0% corporate tax in exchange for treating investment income as ordinary income. If you can't accept that straight up, then too bad. Corporate taxes get to stay.

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                              • Re: The 112th Congress - The first Orange-American to be elected Speaker

                                The reason that capital gains are taxed less than income is the same reason why white collar criminals go to country club prison.

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