Flat Tax

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Would You Support a Flat Tax in America

  1. Yes

    23 vote(s)
    71.9%
  2. No

    5 vote(s)
    15.6%
  3. Undecided

    2 vote(s)
    6.3%
  4. Don't Care

    2 vote(s)
    6.3%
  1. 007
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    I'm just a little bit more than curious how many people here would support a FLAT TAX in America.

    Please explain how and why you voted as you did.
     
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    For the middle class, it would be more fair. It kills the poor and excuses the rich.
     
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    I voted in favor of a flat tax. America's present tax code is such a bizaar compiliation of years upon years of changes, ad ons, loop holes, tables, where you live, this, that, etc., etc.. It's anitquated and needs to be completely scraped.

    When the U.S.S.R. fell, Russia's economy was in taters. So they took that opportunity to start fresh. They imposed a flat tax of 17% accrossed the board for EVERYONE. It has worked so well to date that the government has so much money, they have given some BACK.

    It is my firm belief that America would reap similiar results. Too many big businesses and rich people know the loop holes and how to hide their money, or make it look like they LOST money, only to wind up NOT PAYING ANY TAXES AT ALL. That needs to change. It ALL needs to change.
     
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    Why do you say "it kills the poor and excuses the rich"? Explain that please.
     
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    Personally I dont see where you are coming from. a flat rate is the only rate that is totally just. It doesnt matter how much you make, you all pay the same %. It would also make it more difficult for politicians to raise taxes because it would effect everyone. Why do you think Kerry and his ilk dont want a flat tax?
     
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    It's regressive. A flat 18% on an income of 25k is a much higher tax than 18% 90k. The tax on the former comes out of necessities, while the latter is expendible income. The higher the income, the less the 18% really is. It's the whole problem with sales taxes, gasoline taxes, etc.

    That doesn't mean that the middle class doesn't need relief, they do. I don't have much faith that the income tax laws will ever be fair.:(
     
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    I hate it when assholes make sense. :D
     
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    Well they earn more money. shouldnt they be allowed to spend it as they choose?
     
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    Why are you calling Pale Rider an asshole?

    And it really doesn't matter that you added a cute little smiley face.
     
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    I don't have a problem with the rich, middle class, or poor keeping every dime they can. The government takes way too much.

    The federal income tax is not our biggest problem though, it's the 'invisible' taxes on everything you buy. Extra on car and home sales. Sales tax. Gasoline tax. Phone, computers, electric. You name it, they're taxing it.

    Your property taxes are high. State income? Illinois is pretty high. Most of these are 'flat taxes.' They are unduly harsh on the less well off, including the elderly.

    Seems to me there should be a simple progressive income tax at the federal and state levels, that should be it. Get rid of deductions, loopholes, etc.

    OR get rid of the income taxes, including social security, and leave the other taxes alone. (The sky in my world is pink with rainbow stars.)
     

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