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4-12-2010 @ 3:06PM
@ ScardLet me give this a shot, as I'm totally on your side. First of all, it's call the 16th amendment, folks. That's the income tax. Prior to that, Congress couldn't tax income. So the US has not always had an income tax. This amendment was in fact passed by Woodrow Wilson, one of our worst presidents if you actually know history, and a super hardcore progressive (not a good word in politics). This is the same president that stomped all over freedom of speech with the Espionage Act and Sedition Act, which literally could imprison people during WWI for saying, "Hey, maybe we shouldn't be in this war." Taxation origins aside, the income tax as it sits today is nothing more than redistribuition of wealth, that's WHY so many people don't pay anything, because their refund comes from other people. The United States does in fact penalize success in this fashion. I personally like the idea of a fair tax, which is this: Income Tax system disappears. No more, gone, finished. The taxes you pay on goods and services, however, would be increased. The net result of this is that you get taxed FOR WHAT YOU SPEND, NOT WHAT YOU MAKE. If you made a billion dollars a year and were frugal, only spending say, $400,000 that year, you only get taxed for the $400,000. This doesn't penalize success, and in fact rewards frugality (something most of us here in the US could stand to learn).There's a difference between this and unemployment, to be clear. There is a large portion of the US, though, that many of us are paying for so that they can remain in poverty, just enough to get by. That's the status quo for them, and it's been warned against in the past.In case any of you disagree with me, the founding father's intent backs me up.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. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. - Benjamin FranklinThe democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. - Thomas JeffersonHistory affords us many instances of the ruin of states, by the prosecution of measures ill suited to the temper and genius of their people. The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy... These measures never fail to create great and violent jealousies and animosities between the people favored and the people oppressed; whence a total separation of affections, interests, political obligations, and all manner of connections, by which the whole state is weakened. - Benjamin FranklinCongress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare but only those specifically enumerated. - Thomas Jefferson
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