YoungBirdcall, on 11 September 2012 - 10:58 AM, said:
"About half of households pay no federal income taxes, but federal income taxes amount only 30% of the taxes paid in this country. Consider all the taxes paid by a single home health aide earning minimum wage for full-time work, $14,500 per year. She pays over $2,500 in total direct taxes plus about $2,800 in indirect taxes, in all 37% of her wages. Her direct taxes include $600 in federal income taxes and $1,100 in direct federal payroll taxes ... and no, she would not qualify for the earned income tax credit or for food stamps. A widow living on Social Security benefits can easily pay 30% of her income on property and other taxes. Both pay about 3 times the rate paid by Warren Buffett on his investment gains. The group paying no federal income taxes consists of mostly the elderly and disabled living on Social Security, those laid off in the current recession, students with part-time work, and large families earning very low wages. All of these groups pay other taxes, often exceeding their fair share compared to 1) their ability to pay and 2) their wealth derived from economic infrastructure provided by governments."
Salon may be a "hack website for liberals," but that article was written by a self-avowed Republican who was forced to change his mind once he discovered the actual condition of our country and its policies, its wartime efforts, and its citizens.
So why not cut taxes for everyone? "We can't!" says government officials. Why not? "We need that money!" For what? Congressional pay raises? More auto bailouts for companies doomed to fail anyway? Entitlements that are devouring the budget? Another
I do think the Democrats are worse at pandering, but both parties are guilty of this. Taxes need not be increased, or if they are, the American people need to know why. I would accept an increase in my taxes if it went to paying down the deficit. Government, though, needs to quit spending so much on crap the US doesn't need. It's like buying capsule figures when you're on food stamps.
Congress doesn't need more pay raises. GM doesn't need to produce the failed Volt for "the environment." Social Security can be privatized for younger people (would you like to keep having $50 a paycheck taken out for a system you will never use?). The US Navy can get by with ten carriers, considering our only real naval threat is China, which has none. (Japan
has more carriers than China.) We don't need to throw money at boondoggles like Solyndra or the far more ridiculous high-speed rail project in California. And no more stimuluses! Let the economy recover and quit screwing with it.
I'd be careful when you hear that a "self-avowed" Republican is suddenly supporting Obama, or a self-avowed Democrat is suddenly supporting Romney. Polls I've read (yeah, I know, polls) say that there's been more defections from the Dems to the GOP, but most of the time, these "self-avowed" people never belonged to the party in question, or belonged to them 15 years ago. For instance, a woman who claimed to be a registered Republican in a pro-Obama Colorado ad turned out to have last registered with the Republican party during Clinton's administration, and her Facebook friends consisted of so many liberal causes that even Joe Biden would've said, "Now just slow your roll..."
Political opinions often take a long time to change. It took 9/11 for me to consider GW Bush as a decent President, as I had voted for Gore in 2000. It wasn't until 2003 and the irrational hatred I saw of Bush that I decided I'd vote for him in 2004. (That and Kerry...geez, Kerry.) Though I consider myself a conservative, I support gay marriage, think we should probably start bringing the troops home from Afghanistan (or make a firm commitment to be in it to win it), and do support sensible defense cuts. There's even some aspects of Obamacare I don't find horrible. I'm voting Romney because I agree with him 75% of the time and agree with Obama only about 20% of the time.
When it comes to any news outlet, check it. Salon leans heavily to the left (and often the far left), as does Think Progress and Media Matters. Fox is of course to the right, as is HotAir and Red State. The truth is somewhere in the middle. About the only fairly nonpartisan news outlet I've found in regards to American politics is the Wall Street Journal. (The BBC is good on occasion, but terrible in regards to Europe and excellent in regards to Asia.)
Ben Da Mad Irishman