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political October 31st, 2013 10:24pm

Inspired by AngryAngel: Do you think the rich pay their fair share?

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Doopy Remedial Americanism
11/01/13 1:36 pm

Yeah, and someone else's fair share, too.

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cowboy Here and There
11/01/13 10:27 am

They're paying for everybody, so yes.

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ScrewU Gone
11/01/13 8:41 am

Corporations have been getting more tax breaks under Obama than ever. The share if total revenues they pay in taxes is at an all-time low of just 5%. Companies like GE make billions in profits and pay no taxes. They are clearly not paying their way.

ozzy
11/01/13 4:09 am

I feel that I pay more than my fair share. Personally I would rather pay more to the state than to the fed.

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MrChris80 California
11/01/13 1:01 am

I should vote no since they pay way more than their fair share. The wealthy are leaving for Dubai or New Zealand or the Bahamas every day. We need an economy that encourages them to stay and invest. Not tax them till they take their money and leave.

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pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
10/31/13 11:25 pm

Far more than their fair share. Far more.

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rebelfury76 No Justice, No Peace
10/31/13 11:07 pm

"fair share" is a phrase coined by the envoys have nots...

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AngryAngel Oswego, IL
10/31/13 10:17 pm

The first three words of the question made my day thank you!

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Torfin Never Behind
10/31/13 9:49 pm

No. They pay far MORE than their fair share.

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commonman1 Peace
10/31/13 8:24 pm

They pay more than their fair share.

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andy4cal
10/31/13 8:24 pm

OK come on the rich control the job market. If you don't make income which a large portion people do not they don't pay taxes.

Torfin Never Behind
10/31/13 9:52 pm

Stop licking the windows on the bus! Everyone should be PAYING taxes NOT such a small percentage of wage earners.

andy4cal
11/01/13 5:54 am

How is someone in poverty paying taxes on income they don't have gonna help? The rich need to actually create jobs so people have income from which to pay taxes. Lick the windows fool

TempName14 Everywhere but nowhere
10/31/13 8:09 pm

What's unfair is that people have learned that they can vote themselves Money and benefits from the treasury that other people have to pay for. It's a mob mentality.

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TempName14 Everywhere but nowhere
10/31/13 8:05 pm

More than their fair share. It's the poor and a good portion of the middle class that are either doing nothing or are paying less than their fair share.

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theavgguy I.E.
11/01/13 3:25 am

What middle class?

DGroot America
10/31/13 6:54 pm

Will someone please explain what the term 'fair share' is suppose to mean

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TempName14 Everywhere but nowhere
10/31/13 8:07 pm

It varies. To a liberal it means that the rich pay for everything and the poor receive from it. To A conservative it means that everyone pays the same % since gov is supposed to serve everyone equally.

skinner Wisconsin
10/31/13 5:47 pm

In fact I know they do

Arkansas123 Neoconservative
10/31/13 5:10 pm

The wealthy pay more than their fair share.

As far as the federal income tax goes, they give up 23 percent of what they earn. On top of that are state and local taxes.

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TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
10/31/13 5:02 pm

They pay MORE than their fair share.

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TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
10/31/13 5:05 pm

"Fair share" is a PERCENTAGE of earnings, not a dollar amount! THEIR cair share should be the same as YOUR fair share - 10% each, no more, no less.

indigobleu dog taxi
10/31/13 4:50 pm

Some but not all.

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rons screw politicians
10/31/13 4:34 pm

They are the only ones who pay!

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Nizabelle Cambridge, MA
10/31/13 4:09 pm

I mean look, I would obviously rather keep more of my money or have my dad keep more of his money but I also wouldn't cry if I had to pay more, I would actually be perfectly alright with it, it seems fair. Call me crazy if you must.

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andy4cal
10/31/13 3:46 pm

I have investments and retirement stuff and savings each month but to some degree I live month to month and spend most of my disposable income. I don't feel I need to check my acct ever. Am I rich?

andy4cal
10/31/13 3:58 pm

Just painting a hypothetical. I also want to get a feel for popular opinion on what is rich.

jimiscott Survivor
10/31/13 4:04 pm

I'd say a million or more, that's just my take.

shellybaxter1234 Peaceful Place
10/31/13 3:43 pm

Have paid more like 11% which is far less than I pay in my household percentage wise

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shellybaxter1234 Peaceful Place
10/31/13 3:42 pm

No - their tax rates may be high, but with the adjustments made they often have the ability to pay very little - I remember during the election the news reporting that Mitt Romney reported paying 14.something % but with some more adjusting could

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ModerateGOP26 Maine
10/31/13 3:43 pm

Then let's lower my "high" tax rates and get rid of the loopholes, as Mr. Romney suggested.

andy4cal
10/31/13 3:47 pm

Would doing what Romney said cause him to pay more or less. Is the mortgage deduction a loophole?

ModerateGOP26 Maine
10/31/13 4:10 pm

I'm not sure exactly what all he included, but I think tax rates should be lowered and we should get rid of all these ridiculous deductions (including marriage benefits, effectively ending the gay marriage debate).

andy4cal
10/31/13 4:42 pm

Would you still have the govt license marriage?

ModerateGOP26 Maine
10/31/13 4:54 pm

I don't see a reason why they should. Why do they have a vested interest in people's personal relationships? The only argument is to provide tax incentives to heterosexual couples who want to get married and pro-create, but that is discriminatory...

ModerateGOP26 Maine
10/31/13 4:54 pm

... against LGBT couples, so why not do away with it all period?

andy4cal
10/31/13 5:01 pm

I agree. marriages are not the govts business. churches can still have them and Vegas internet ministers can do them. People can still be married as they are now without the govt.

FollowYourBliss Never Happy, Ever After
10/31/13 3:31 pm

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett don't seem to think so.

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political Georgia
10/31/13 3:36 pm

Yeah! His secretary is probably one of the richest secretaries on the planet as well....

ModerateGOP26 Maine
10/31/13 3:44 pm

Uh, they have billions of dollars and are in MY tax bracket!! Ridiculous. Easy for them to say the "rich" should pay more...

Cole12 ...
10/31/13 3:27 pm

They pay several times their "fair share".

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andy4cal
10/31/13 3:29 pm

The more money you have the more you can hire people to help you avoid paying taxes. I do it myself.

political Georgia
10/31/13 3:29 pm

It is all relative to your opinion on economics. I support a flat tax at 10%.

redwolf thisisavalidlocation
10/31/13 3:30 pm

Evidence? How do you prove something so subjective?

redwolf thisisavalidlocation
10/31/13 3:31 pm

Yeah, flat tax is the only way to ensure everyone pays their "fair share"

Cole12 ...
10/31/13 3:31 pm

Mr: "The top 1% of US taxpayers pay almost as much in federal income taxes as the entire bottom 95%, and half of that bottom group paid no taxes at all in 2010"

SFLiberal
10/31/13 3:32 pm

Evidence?

andy4cal
10/31/13 3:34 pm

Flat tax is fair and simple thereby removing loopholes The percent should be heavily studied and then even made as an amendment.

political Georgia
10/31/13 3:37 pm

It is worrisome that only half of America pays income taxes..... The system is too complicated.

Wert A picture of my junk
10/31/13 3:37 pm

Subjective??? Everything about taxes, income, etc is completely quantifiable.

SFLiberal
10/31/13 3:37 pm

So bill gates should pay the same amount of taxes as someone who makes $40,000 per year? That's ridiculous.

political Georgia
10/31/13 3:38 pm

Same tax rate? Yes! If you do simple arithmetic, you would find out that Bill Gates would pay a lot more taxes.

jimiscott Survivor
10/31/13 3:42 pm

10% 35%, doesn't matter, the % of 1,000,000 is greater than that of 40,000. Besides most of these guys don't have a traditional income per say.

SFLiberal
10/31/13 3:42 pm

He would be paying more money, but not his fair share.

andy4cal
10/31/13 3:42 pm

I plan on becoming better informed on this but didn't the income tax come into existence in the 1900's?

andy4cal
10/31/13 3:44 pm

Yes a flat tax would have to include all wealth not just tradition income. It would open the door to loopholes otherwise.

KudosToYou California
10/31/13 3:51 pm

The reason they pay "more" is because they make that much more. I don't support them paying a higher percentage, but the whole argument about the sum of their taxes is pathetic.

jimiscott Survivor
10/31/13 3:52 pm

Do you get to decide what my fair share is? Who should? Why should they? If they pay the same percentage rate why isn't it fair?

jimiscott Survivor
10/31/13 3:54 pm

You have to hit these guys with a bigger capital gains tax but, if you do that they will just sit on their investments and no tax will be paid.

andy4cal
10/31/13 3:57 pm

A part of the problem is the view that taxes are something forced on you. We should be proud to pay our share. That leads to why not proud which leads to what govt is spending taxes on.

jimiscott Survivor
10/31/13 4:02 pm

I don't mind paying taxes but when is enough, enough? 30%,50%,70%? The STUPID spending has got to stop. As far as proud to pay them, lol..... Not.

ModerateGOP26 Maine
10/31/13 4:56 pm

People saying "evidence" why do you think anyone in society is entitled to a slice of my income, much less more than they're getting now? We're not talking for roads or firefighters here either; why should the successful fund Medicaid and welfare?

ModerateGOP26 Maine
10/31/13 4:57 pm

I give to charity, which is 1,000 times more efficient at aiding the unfortunate than any government program is ... And guess what? I'd give even more if I were allowed to keep more of my earned money and had more to give...

andy4cal
10/31/13 6:08 pm

Do we take care of seniors and not the younger needy? By that I mean do we fund Medicare but not medicaid? Why?

SFLiberal
10/31/13 3:26 pm

Not always.

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political Georgia
10/31/13 3:25 pm

Rich is such a subjective word...... Isn't it?

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Cole12 ...
10/31/13 3:30 pm

Very subjective. With this question, what definition are you using?

political Georgia
10/31/13 3:38 pm

I am purposely allowing it to be ambitious. I wanted to see different people's opinion.