Would you vote to raise taxes on yourself and others in your income bracket?
I have. If there's a social issue I care about on the ballot, I will vote in favor of an associated tax raise, within reason.
Lets layoff congress/house of representatives/president's cabinet for 2 years and save tax dollars. They aren't doing much now, don't see them doing much for the upcoming 2 yrs.
Is the next marginal dollar better off being in government's hands or left in the private sector where it will be invested & create jobs? You all know the right answer.
Federal tax revenues are at all time historical levels (despite the slow economy). Historic in actual dollars and % of GDP and we are still running $1 Trillion dollar deficits.
How can any intelligent and rational person not see that this is a spending problem.
I don't think anyone disagrees that there is a spending problem... Just disagreement on where money should be spent and cut.
Thank goodness for 16% of us
Just move to France sounds like your kind of government anyway.
If we simply followed the constitution my taxes and most of yours would be $0.
Why don't we just do that? Those that want to can still voluntarily contribute.
But then the government would lose their control over your life......
"The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence[note 1] and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States" Article 1, section 8
Exactly. The income tax should have been apportioned, but was not. The SCOTUS decided that it was in fact an excise tax... Though they never specified on what. So you don't actually pay part of your income to the govt. your income is used to measure the tax you owe for the privilege of breathing.
You don't sound like the typical New Hampshire citizen...
The sixteenth amendment specifically allows the US gov to levy an income tax without apportionment... There is no should or shouldn't to it, that's the law.
Why not moderateGOP? That's an astute observation, I'm actually a Texan going to school in NH.
It sure doesn't. Direct taxes still must be apportioned. When challenged in court, the SCOTUS said it was in fact a tax in the nature of an excise. But what is being taxed? Nobody knows.
There's another challenge in front of them this spring. We'll see what happens.
There's a line at the end of your taxes that says "Additional Donations." If you feel you don't pay enough in taxes (looking at you, Warren Buffett), then shut the f*ck up and give more of your money to Uncle Sam ... And stay out of others' business.
Taxing is pocket change ... We don't have a revenue problem; we have a SPENDING problem. Period.
Who the hell would vote "yes" to this!? Oh, yeah...democrats. :/
Democrats vote to tax others!
Everyone who has ever voted in favor of any tax ever has voted to tax others. Taxation of the citizens is a vital part of how our country runs.
I disagree. It will be the death of this country.
It is nothing more than theft often used to control
You believe that taxation is theft? Do you think that that's a reasonable position to hold?
Absolutely! Why try to be successful? The more you make the more they take (steal). It really becomes theft when they waste so much of our money and then have the nerve to propose taking more.. There's NO WAY anyone's taxes should be as high as they are. Even France realized the 75% tax was too much
What we need is a flat tax. Same rate for all. Fair and consistent with little or no deductions.
Replacing a progressive tax that turned into a regressive tax with another regressive tax make no sense to me.
CaptainB, that argument is rather inane. Successful people are not run into the ground due to being taxed too heavily. If that were the case there would be no wealthy people in the country. The point of becoming successful is that you will have buckets of money.
If you think becoming wealthy is pointless because you will pay more taxes you are not a financially sensible person.
When choosing a movie do you tend to lean more toward action or romance?
Lol. I don't know what happen here
I tend toward rough action, if you get my drift.
No but they should raise income taxes on households earning $250K and up. Even with the sequester, how else will we tame the 11 TRILLION dollar debt? Wish Bush had not put 2 wars on the credit card. But it happened. Now we have to deal with it.
The debt is $16.4 trillion & the only way to reduce it is to expand the economy. Produce more income earners to increase revenue. If you took 100% of the money the wealthy have, you wouldn't dent the debt...& you would have destroyed all of the job creators.
I think it was Paul Ryan who said..." Giving tax breaks to the rich and let it trickle down didn't work. So let's keep giving tax breaks to the rich and hope it trickles down." Won't work. Some revenue enhancement is also necessary now, alongside discipline in spending.
Dang, I ran up my credit cards really high. Guess I'll just let Bill Gates know he needs to pay them.
I'm NOT paying any more taxes. I will shelter my income and move to a lower tax bracket so the government keeps its filthy hands of my money that I worked for. The government and their stupid programs can get more out of someone else!
Ziplock = perfect example of a low knowledge voter welcome to merica!
With the looming affordable health care act, the IRS is estimating family of 4 costing 20k..... Taxable now..... I can't pay them another dime!!!! If they keep it up, I'm going to let you all pay for me....
You are right..the increase in taxes & costs brought on by Obamacare will leave nothing left to pay for more taxes.
REPEAL OBAMA CARE NOW!
what is really great about this question is this can be a reality. those people that voted yes can self impose a higher tax on themselves. sadly they won't. all they do is talk the talk and won't walk the walk.
And John Kerry announces the release of another $250 million to Egypt the same week the sequester comes into effect.
Kerry is now a traitor.
Sand...If you think that most of your tax money goes toward infrastructure or even if you believe that as much as 5% goes toward infrastructure, look at the federal budget (if there were a federal budget)
If we're going to pay down this debt to reduce the burden on our children, it must be a group effort. We all need to pay more taxes( and the government reduce non-essential spending) for the greater good.
Obama's proposal for new taxes is for new spending. Where did you get the idea it was to pay down debt?
I am not paying more because a bunch of idiot fiscally irresponsible politicians passed bills with "how do guinea pigs react to meth" and "do dolphins enjoy sex" studies.
Want to reduce the debt? Politicians work for minimum wage for the next 50 years and the rest goes towards the debt.
Rebel: we're all in this together. I agree with you. Money was squandered on numerous expenses. Political parties need to be set aside. We are UNITED as a nation. Stop funding defense and stop funding a broken welfare system. 2 years to find a job and then you're out on your ass.
I didn't agree to it, I'm not playing the game anymore. They need to be held accountable.
I would cut every single bureaucracy and pay by 50% immediately. Dismantle all of the make work alphabet soup organizations. The Fed has grown to monstrous levels, it needs to stop.
NO TAX INCREASES PERIOD. I won't pay them. I have the ability to keep myself in a lower tax bracket and still make over $300,000.00. I'm not paying any higher taxes. Too bad O, you lose!
Where are being taxed too much as it is. Obama keeps creating new taxes!
Only to create a flat tax.
Why am I surprised that a majority of the democrats are not that stupid? Is it because the guy they pushed into office is doing this exact thing?
Pushed? You mean like bush? Regardless of who's in the whitehouse the public wont like him or her, the media can make you think anything about anyone
I would if they went toward education. But it doesn't so.... no.
I used to think you we're like Yoda, but now I think you're like Data from ST:TNG.
Well, 1/2 Data, 1/2 Bender.
Quit hitting on my wife...
...unless I'm watching.
That came out ALOT creepier than it sounded in my head...
I love creepy. Love the comment about bender and data. They are amazing robots. But I couldn't engaging data with robot floozies.
Auto correct sucks. Imagine.
Who knew RJ was such a foreign policy expert? Maybe you should apply to the State Department, I'm sure John Kerry has room on staff for you.
And an economics expert also! Very impressive Google knowledge. Still wouldn't hire you as my financial adviser or even hire you to work a full day.
I make $70/week so...no. Ask me again when I have a grown up job
I said it before, and I'll say it again: A nation does not create its wealth through taxing its citizens. It creates its wealth through industry, exports and trades. If we wanted to make up the debt 100% right now through a one time tax, every citizen, baby and elderly, needs to pay $53,819.
Thanks for the useless trivia.
Really? If you think this information is useless, then perhaps you need to change your perspective :/ Try wrapping your mind around that $52,000 piece of useless information...
Taxes are not intended to create national wealth, they are intended to provide necessary infrastructure that industry cannot.
Ha ha ha ha ha ha!
everywhere else in the country sure but California cost of living makes what my husband and I make not enough.
Nowhere else in the country, including California. It's sh*tty here as it is in other states.
What about flat tax plan or fair tax plan? Both republican plan's, what is the democrats tax plan? Raise tax's for everyone and keep the loopholes for are special interest groups. Great plan Dems. Glad you voted for such a great plan. epic fail!
Californians are genius. They voted to raise their own taxes then complained and whined about it. I swear I live among the dumbest people in the nation.
Wait, what? WTF are you talking about CSense?
@r, prop 30 that passed. Was it only southern ca? I thought it was state.
Who "whined about it"? Nobody has.
RJ, a LOT of people whine about it. -_-
Or you could ask would you vote to lower your paycheck and others in your income bracket.
I do not support an increase in the percentage of taxes I pay out of my paycheck but I do support the removal of a lot of write-offs that are currently allowed in our overly bloated tax code.
National sales tax and the elimination of all other taxes would solve that.
The problem isn't that taxes are too high; the problem is where the money is going for many people.
If Democrats like paying taxes so much, they can go to www.pay.gov, where you can donate to the federal government. Pretty much a Democrat's dream come true.
Oh that's brilliant. Punish people for being fiscally responsible. Genius really.
Veritas, if they want to pay more taxes, let them. How is it punishing them if they WANT to pay more taxes? Oh yaa, Democrats don't want to pay more taxes. They want other people to pay more taxes.
@gaca. That's brilliant. So the fiscally responsible people, the ones who care about the debt and deficit, have to pay more than everyone else for their responsibility. Why should the burden fall entirely on the reasonable ones while the mooches (96% of Republicans) leech off of their money?
Why are you so entitled to other people's money?
Gaca, you still living in your mom's basement still?
1. Republicans don't "mooch"
2. We would pay taxes, but if you felt like paying more you could. It is an option not a requirement.
3. I've known about this for years. I have only heard of one person who has done this. Hats off to Nicholas Cage who backs his words with actions.
@gaga, funny how they complain about people not paying their fair share then complain when you tell them to go ahead and pay your fair share.
Dems, Cheese with that Whine?
@read. Republicans. Mooch more than any other political demographic. Republican states have the highest portion of 47%-ers who pay no income taxes. They overwhelmingly leech federal dollars relative to how much they give while liberal states have to pay for their insanity.
They're the party of parasites.
Republicans are moochers, now. Lol. Interesting...
I vote that everyone who thinks their income bracket should pay more taxes puts their money where their mouths are and just DO IT!!! Write the check!
Someone completely missed the point.
Well said nsl. but you'll be attacked for that opinion instead of having a good discussion on it. :D
Under the poverty line? No. If I were up a bracket or two, absolutely. I like having roads, police, infrastructure, etc. I don't mind paying my share though, even under the poverty line.
You know what? You can raise taxes on yourself, just write a check to the IRS.
You're under the poverty line, yet you can afford an android or apple device to use this app?
Maybe they live with their parents and go to school full time? Think before you judge.
Maybe your paying too much for your smartphone?
Same as I said last night, of course! I already have high taxes and is vote to raise them! Just as JK Rowling, if it weren't for my gov't I wouldn't be where I am today: an executive, earning the money I do, taking care of my family and others as I do. Why NOT give back into what I benefitted from?
So, what's stopping you?
Not buying it
The great part is I don't need you to buy it; it doesn't stop me from giving back. My family grew up on welfare and disability and using gov't student grants and getting treated thanks to Medicaid. If it weren't for those I wouldn't be where I am, the infrastructure the gov't created benefit my co.
www.pay.gov. Please go ahead and write that check!
I guess I would feel the same way too if I had received welfare and student grants. But since its not "something I benefited from" I really don't see what my obligation is for paying more taxes.
You misunderstand. I think you're full of shit. An executive who doesn't know basic grammar? You're lying to us.
which was greater than the entire gross domestic product of Italy and roughly the same as the GDP of Great Britain.
I say, kill all the old people!
No apple-pear butter for YOU.
You are definitely NOT old. Please. You're sounding irrational as waytogo.
Entitlement transfer payments to individuals (such as for income, healthcare, age, and unemployment) have been growing twice as fast as per capita income for 20 years, totaling $2.2 trillion in 2010 alone
Again...is this a result if the boomers?
Spending on entitlements is the highest in American history. In 2010, entitlement spending had grown to be almost 100 times higher than it was in 1960; it has increased by an explosive 9.5 percent per year for 50 straight years.
What changes have their been in demographics, based on the baby-boomers? Are figures adjusted for inflation?
I wish everyone would read, A Nation of Takers: America's Entitlement Epidemic (Templeton Press, 2012) by economist Nicholas Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute. It's a quick read and, seriously, it will get you hot under the collar.
Sounds like a happy story.
These democrats just want to raise taxes, but really the goverment needs to budget the money better. Do we know what a budget is? Or did We forget. Its been about 4 years now.
Only democrats would continue to pump resources into an organization that's 16,000,000,000 in debt and runs every operational year in the red.
A budget has been passed every year, usually by June.
Really, and what budget would that be?
That would be by the Republican controlled house. But the Senate just ignores it and it never gets signed into law.
@Rebel. You are so right. It makes so much more sense to spend without an income. That helps the debt problem so much.
Bills stacking up? Why don't you quit your job? It's so stupid to work overtime. Only a democrat would do that. That makes no fiscal sense. More revenue? Ha! Less revenue FTW!
I'm really interested in hearing about fiscal policy from people struggling to make it so much, that they blame the gov and gov systems that help bring them the standard of living they have to begin with.
Capitalism gives people the way of life they enjoy... Government takes it away!
I know. This country is such a dump!
Yeah, let's give more money to the fiscal managers in Washington. They are doing such a great job with what they have. HelI I would be so proud to buy a few rounds of drinks at the next million dollar conference attended by federal employees that have never heard of Skype.
Exactly! Reduce the operating standards of the United States to coincide with that of nobodies to make them feel better about their pathetic lives. That should be an effective business model.
Ok, let's try this then, all those who think you should pay more taxes, you go right ahead and write that additional check. Just keep your hands out of my wallet.
BChrome's allowance is off limits!
Or we could all get together and vote on it, and in so doing force our hands into everyone's wallets. That seems like a more efficient idea.
No, but if we have to have tax brackets then I'm in favor of adding a couple at the top. There are two income gaps... One between the low/mid classes and the rich and one between the rich and the über-rich. There's a big difference between making $400K/year and being a billionaire.
Today it came out that John Kerry just committed us to Give Egypt and the Muslim brotherhood (both wildly anti-American), $250 Million of U.S. tax dollars.
OMG! What is that? Like 0.001% of our annual expenditures?!
And that's money specifically allocated by congress for that use! OMG, lets blame Kerry for money that was approved for this last year!!!
Someone keeps missing the point about government waste...... Many more examples and it does add up.
Not Kerry's fault, but someone's, and I doubt that it is necessary.
Sure. Waste. According to someone with...how many years of foreign policy experience again?
Tell me, how important is the Suez canal for us again? Stability near Israel? Egyptian oil and markets? Are they all worth billions to us?
You're so smart rj, it's ONLY $250 million, no problem then, let's just Give it to a country that hates us. Were you born this stupid or do you just practice every day there in the land of fruits and mute?
Just because its been approved doesn't mean it has to be spent, offer it up for the sequester...
So, Kerry given away 310 million in two weeks... Guess Obama is serious about saving jobs...
If we lost access via the Suez Canal, we would lose hundreds of billions. So spending a piss-ant few hundred million is NOTHING!
This is why there are players and there are spankers in the stands watching.
Make that American jobs...
Let me guess your a Spanker... Lol
Player Ra-Ra boy. Player.
How much of our economic power, including oil, goes thru that canal.
Here's the problem with a bunch of boys who know nothing about the importance of canals. Too busy counting on one hand.
What would happen if we switched our support? Who would be the fool then?
Israel would be happy to roll right up... The opposition would love to have the money were dolling out to the haters... Plus Egypt is refusing to sign the treaty. Who's the door mat in this situation?
I see the CA teachers union is out trolling tonight! Oh, and rj, you've been flagged as being on no consequence and ignored, post away if it makes you feel like you matter.
I am soooo hurt. Oh....boooo hooo. I've never felt so hurt before. Like my girl left me, with my dog and the DVD collection, so she could move in with Jared from Subway.
Idv4fun, are you aware the US has been giving Israel and Egypt billions (with a B) every year since before you were born?
Why don't you look up how many BILLIONS we give them both EVERY year. Let us know what you find.
Out of curiosity, how much have we given to Israel over the past decade?
How long has the treaty been effect that warrants the money... Pull that stick out of your eye...
We usually have a carrier group in the Red Sea a guess how many nations use it, by the way who paid for it?
There were years we gave $60 Billion on aid. For the most part, they get between $10 and $20 billion a year. Egypt has been our #2 recipient for about 30 years now, averaging about $4-6 billion a year.
When you drive your car do you look backwards???
Because you are either backwards or on your back here!
You know what's awesome? Idiots that have an opinion who don't know what they are talking about.
And that was also under different leaderships who's goal was to keep the peace for that money, now you have a fool running the country!!
I think clam diver needs some fresh O2.
Why don't you put smart in your name because as much as you tell people you are smart nobody believes you'
I assume by "nobody" you mean yourself.
@veritas there is a reason why we give Israel so much money.... Look at the map where they are located and how or countries have been side by side in every conflict.
Good one RJ don't strain yourself
So what does RJ stand for???? Reject lol
If we stop giving them free money will instability suddenly appear and keep us from using the Suez Canal and stop us from buying oil? We shouldn't have to spend billions every year to take part in the world economy freely.
There is already instability there and most of that oil goes to Europe. Too many countries other than us rely on the canal... We just flip the bill
I'd rather crap my pants !!
I bet you are the best at that. I don't know why. Just a feeling.
I just liked my own comment
Do you stand there and look proudly before you flush?
How many more American billionaires are now on Forbes list released today? How many are here on SoH? Anybody? Beuller? Beuller? Beuller?
Ok, how's that trickle down effect working for you? Are you getting trickled on?
I love getting trickled on..sadly it never seems to happen
You need a good tricking, I can tell.
It's really more of a golden shower than a trickle.
Aaaand I hit the wrong comment button...
I wonder if the comment even vaguely makes sense....
I like my apple stock with cinnamon.
I make mine with cinnamon, cardamom, fresh ginger juice, star anise, and a tiny pinch of ground chipotle. And I make it with half apples and half pears.
I am salivating as I read! Arrrrrrrgggghhhh!
And of course it's not apple "stock." It was intended to be apple-pear *butter* but it never cooked down quite that far; I was afraid it would burn. (Note to self: Get a big double boiler.) it was great with plain yogurt.
I could be persuaded to do it again.
I wouldn't vote for more taxes nor bitch and complain when the price of subsidized goods and services increased as a result. I can manage what I consume. I can't manage what the government spends money on that I don't use.
Is that **** the s word?
Of course not. Minimal government and minimal taxation equal maximum freedom. That's the Founders' intent. Why can't Mr. "I'm a great Constitutional scholar, so let's tax the successful at an exorbitant rate" get that through his Kenyan-American head? Woo - I feel much better now. :-)
How much did the founders intend on spending for aircraft carrier attack groups?
Only enough to defend our country. Should our Navy really be "a global force for good?"
With such stellar commercials, are you kidding? I just want to sign up and slap on a couple of anchor tattoos on my forearms.
The commercials, more wasted spending. Why does the government need to advertise? It's everywhere!
Not in a paranoid sort of way, though.
To get recruits.
I think you should sign up. By the time your service is up, you'll be 222222.
I know why they advertise, but I now many people really make that sort of decision based on an ad? And how much do we pay for those ads?
Contrary to what you might think, they are cost effective.
Probably more then they intended to spend on food stamps
Ok, I just don't get how someone can make a major life decision based on a TV ad.
Don't try and mail a letter with food stamps! It will get returned to you, along with a box of corn flakes.
I hate it when that happens!
I voted yes, because I'm about to be fired and go on unemployment :(
Hang in there. Hopefully something good comes your way.
Nah... In obama's economy, best to just plan on at least 6-12 months of unemployment.
Uh, it's our economy fuknut. All of ours.
They have enough tax money, they just piss too much of it away on wasteful things