Why the poor should be taxed more heavily.

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    " I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it."
    -- Benjamin Franklin, November 1776

    Just maybe, if the poor were taxed more heavily than the wealthy, it would encourage them to better their position in life so that they could avoid paying so much in taxes.
    The government frequently taxes things to discourage it. Things like tobacco and alcohol come to mind. The cap and trade will be a tax to discourage certain types of energy usage the government doesn't want.
     
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    If you are speaking of the federal government, I don't approve of the tax setup as it is, As such, I can't say yes to your idea. If you are speaking of the respective states, I would say that is their call.
     
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    Good post. It's Much akin to "Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he eats for a lifetime..."

    Franklin was a wise nman, as were much of our Founders. Too bad their lessons are rebuffed as being old.

    I'd like to see something like this happen. But I doubt it ever will. Liberals will see it as heartless because it USURPS their power over the POOR...
     
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    The federal government has already decided to use taxation as a method to discourage certain behavior. Why haven't they discouraged poverty via taxation if that is such a good method?
     
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    actually doing such to the wealthiest might WORK.... just make the ones with the power and money and control over congress pay the taxes and be certain they can DO SOMETHING to stop congress!

    :)

    and no to the other idea!

    care
     
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    Two wrongs don't make a right. In my opinion, calling on the feds to tax the poor would be enabling them and producing more bad behavior. I don't agree with the so called sin tax. It doesn't make sense to turn a blind eye to that as it were, just so a tax on the poor can be promoted. Why not denounce what they have already been doing, instead of calling on them to do more?

    I understand your frustration. I disagree with your manner of implementation.
     
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    I think a fair tax is the only option. I was quite surprised to learn that a whopping 40% of this country fall under the bar & pay no federal income tax what-so-ever. And that less than 1% of the population in this country pay 65% of the entire tax base. Yet--these same people (under the bar--want the rich to pay more???)

    More than likely Obama voters--who continually want their way paid for by others.

    A little dose of contributing to this country--may wake them up to reality--& get them to become more productive citizens themselves.
     
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    Question is, what are you going to tax from the poor? They're poor, they have nothing to tax.

    Unless of course you wish to tax poor people, which will drive them to being unable to afford simple necessities if they cannot already.

    That would be like saying lets tax the rich so they will be encouraged to earn more. :cuckoo:

    (I do hope you're not serious.)
     
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    It's already being done to the wealthiest. Their response has been to hide money in offshore accounts and to move their companies overseas to avoid taxation. It's not working out to well now, is it?
     
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    I think everybody should be taxed the same way - rich or poor. A poor man is just as much of an American as a rich man. Only difference is one has some money and the other has little. So why should the rich man pull the wagon alone? Pony up folks. We should have a flat tax in the US where everybody pays the same taxes. If we did this, at least half of the IRS deadbeats could be fired and save the government loads of cash. Then everybody would be being treated equally.
     
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