Fair Share of Taxes

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    Fair Share

    Over the many years of my life I have often heard people refer to somebody else’s “fair share” as it applies to taxes.
    “They need to pay their fair share”,
    “They aren’t paying their fair share”

    As of yet, I haven’t had anybody define what somebody else’s “fair share” is. I have heard people say their “share” wasn’t “fair” compared to those nebulous other folk.

    Let us just suppose for a few moments that instead of taxing income we would tax sex.
    Would that all of the sudden change the definition of “fair share” as it pertains to taxes? My experience in life has shown that just as nobody attempts to limit another person’s personal income they also don’t attempt to limit another person’s personal sexual encounters. (Don’t try and turn this discussion into an argument about homosexual rights, or religious affairs, that’s not the point here)

    Would you think it fair to tax people based upon how much sex they had?
    What would the “fair share” be? Would it be fair to impose higher taxes based upon somebody’s success at acquiring sex? For example, if you have sex once a week your tax is $25 a week, but if you have sex 5 times a week, your sex tax is $200 a week.

    Would it be fair to charge a higher percentage of taxes based upon sexual activity simply because somebody has the means to achieve more sex?
     
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    No.
     
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    No, it would be fair for the government to stop stealing the money that we've rightfully earned.
     
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    A fair tax would have to exclude non-discretionary expenses, so sex wouldn't qualify :D
     
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    Would that include choking the sheriff??
     
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    So then how would you pay for living in the world's remaining Superpower? Would you prefer a pay as you go type of tax code ... pay only for the streets you drive on ... the pipes that carry water to and from your home. What about paying for our defense ... would you prefer they send the bill for your share straight to your house?

    No one likes to pay taxes but we do like living here ... understand that if you reduce it for the top 1% ... someone else has to pick up the difference so unless you are part of that 1%, who???
     
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    So, as long as it's income based, and not sex based you are ok with a sliding scale.
    Are you a cheap prostitute?
     
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    A sliding scale is what we have now, those who have more sex,( make more money) ... pay more in taxes now.
     
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    Taxing the rich a HIGHER percentage actually lowers tax revenue, because those rich people then have incentive to HIDE their money, find all the quasi legal loop holes and pay big bucks to lawyers and accountants to help them protect their money.

    Proven fact, when tax rates go down, tax revenue goes up. I believe it was posted earlier that 1 percent of the US population pays 40 percent of the tax revenues. And the bottom 60 percent pay none or a very very small amount.
     
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    This is true. If you look up the numbers the % of tax revenue collected corresponds almost exactly to wealth. Aka, the top 1% control about 35% of the wealth in this country, and pay about 35% of the total tax revenue. The top 5% control about 57% of the wealth and correspondingly pay about 57% of the total tax revenue. Top 10% - covers 68% of total tax revenue and control 70% of the wealth. etc...

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