"Oh Say Can You Seethe"

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    "(1) The financial maneuverings of a single hedge fund manager made him enough money in one year to give a $30,000 per year job to every one of the 168,000 unemployed people in Louisiana.

    "(2) One year of Bush tax cuts would pay ALL U.S. unemployment benefits.

    "(3) If the median household income had kept pace with the economy since 1970, it would now be nearly $92,000, not $50,000.

    "(4) The trillion EXTRA dollars a year taken by the richest 1% (by TRIPLING their cut of the income pie since 1980) would provide a $50,000 a year job for every college student in the United States.

    "(5) According to Citizens for Tax Justice, 12 of our largest corporations paid an effective tax rate of negative 1.5% on $171 Billion in Profits.

    "The oil industry paid only 4% in U.S. federal income taxes over the past three years."

    Oh Say Can You Seethe.. | Common Dreams

    Explain to me why those who profit most from "government-funded research, national security, infrastructure, and untaxed financial speculation opportunities" should feel victimized when they're asked to repay the system that made them rich?
     
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    Some people just can't be jealous without showing it...
     
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    i can't think of a single thing i've agreed with george about, but it's not about "jealousy" any more than jihadis "hate us for our freedom". it's about the fact that we have the WORST disparity between rich and poor of any western nation.

    you can't have a great country where 1% of the population sucks up 95% of the wealth.

    no matter what you rightwingnuts say.
     
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    Other people are afraid of this issue.

    "If the median household income had kept pace with the economy since 1970, it would now be nearly $92,000 not $50,000."

    Are you one of them?

    Oh Say Can You Seethe.. | Common Dreams
     
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    Give them a job doing what? Or maybe just hand out the money to them?

    All the numbers you quote are probably manipulated to make your point anyway. All of these studies showing tax paid, percentages of income etc are smoke and mirrors anyway.
     
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    And how does taxing them more fix that? The only way you will get more money from them is if the government then passes the money right to you, or only taxes them instead of you.

    At that point, when we rely on a minority for the majority of our governmental income, you know what that is? Taxation without Representation. I kind of remeber us being against that.

    I have another solution, lets give every person 1 vote for each dollar in federal taxes they pay. If we are going to make them pay for it, they should at least have a larger say on how it is spent.
     
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    It's up to you on how much you earn.. what risks you take.. what you invest in... etc...

    Complaining about what a person or a company makes is indeed jealousy...

    You have the very same freedoms to succeed or to fail
     
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    Nope, we don't.
     
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    But... but... but... Commie Dreams SAYS SO!!!!

    :rolleyes:
     

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