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Guest Post: On (Delayed) Tax Day

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Submitted by Brad Schaeffer

On (Delayed) Tax Day

Ah, April 15th! I want you to consider that the date means absolutely nothing to 47% of US households as they will pay zero in federal income tax. Yes, state, property and sin taxes still get them, but we are seeing a disturbing trend towards a tipping point where fewer than half of us pay any sort of income tax. Five years ago it was 40% who paid no income tax. By 2012 this could be the first election in which the majority of voters will be able to vote themselves more government largess paid for by a minority of taxpayers. We may soon have to re-jigger the American Revolution’s familiar rallying cry into: “Representation Without Taxation!”
Statistics vary slightly but it can be argued that the top five percent of US households pay 60% of federal income tax. Ten percent account for over 75%. Another two-fifths make up the rest. And half are exempt. And yet…twenty percent of US households get 75% of their income from the federal government. Another one-fifth receives 40% of their financial support from Uncle Sam. Think about what this means in terms of fiscal responsibility down the road. How receptive to cutting taxes which they do not pay, or cutting government spending, from which they benefit, is a majority voting block going to be in the future? Indeed, what does this say about our prospects for economic growth or curbing the size and scope of an ever growing government colossus in the face of a crushing $20 trillion deficit looming on the horizon?

Very soon we may not be merely de-incentivizing economic activity but actively waging war on it.

Obamacare is but the most recent and fiscally insane manifestation of this myopia that now holds sway in the capitol and white
house—and has for over a decade regardless of the party in power (in case one thinks this overtly partisan). I am coming to fear that this administration is not about mere “spreading the wealth” as 2008 candidate Obama let slip in a revealing off-teleprompter moment. Rather its aim is to increase dependency upon the state based upon an illogical faith in the judgment of detached federal bureaucrats over the parochial citizenry. It is also about cynically creating a permanent voting block addicted to government hand-outs which will in turn reward politicians with life-time tenure so long as they keep the gravy train of our confiscated wealth flowing. Democracy’s most insidious enemy is the gradual devolution into the tyranny of the majority where 51% of the populace can vote again and again to empty the pockets of the other 49%. Not only is this dynamic morally wrong, this is the death knell for a free and vibrant republic as wealth will inevitably flee to safer havens (or to the black market) taking future prosperity and stability with it. How many of us ever got a job from a poor man?

A lot of harm in the world has been done by intellectuals who started off with noble intentions but little understanding of how the real world operates. Consider the on-going Eurozone’s massive bail-outs of financially distressed states like Greece because, at the risk of oversimplifying, the ballooning costs of its overly-generous state entitlement apparatus eventually overwhelmed its tax base—25% of which has been driven underground. It should be a stark lesson in the mathematical limits of trying to financially engineer social justice…one Washington should watch very closely. Unless, of course, the aim is just the accumulation of raw power through expanding government and manifesting life-time tenures in Congress by robbing productive Peters to pay suckling Pauls in exchange for votes. Then the lessons screaming at us from across the pond are irrelevant.
In the meantime, Happy Tax Day! I’m sure our money is being well spent.


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Sun, 04/17/2011 - 23:46 | 1179118 nkktwotwozero
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You mention Income Tax.

What about Social Security and Medicare taxes?


You dont mention them because if you did, it'll look like your agrument is lopsided.

Also, the income tax was originally only meant for the super-rich.

Sun, 04/17/2011 - 23:47 | 1179125 suldog
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You mean 'game over'.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:05 | 1179146 Fish Gone Bad
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On April 15th, there were 6 banks that failed, costing the deposit insurance fund a little shy of $600 million.   I have grown tired of constantly living in a state of fear.  Fukushima is a mess and might keep spewing radiation for an additional 6-9 months.  Sea turtles, dolphins and whales wash up in the Gulf of Mexico as the BP oil spill has absolutely not gone away.  So to my list of worries, I will now add that I am apparently the only "sucker" who still pays taxes.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 02:21 | 1179332 whatsinaname
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FGB, dont forget that the FDA says the North Pacific fish are okay to eat and will not test unless given directions by the NOAA. That should put ur mind at ease.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 03:01 | 1179369 A Nanny Moose
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California just needs to break of and hang with Hawaii. Alaska can come too.

Fscking Kangaroos!

Sun, 04/17/2011 - 23:55 | 1179135 zen0
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Dude. Income tax was supposedly  instituted to pay for World War One. Seems that is one expensive war...Maybe you should step off for awhile til you get some information.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:34 | 1179198 nkktwotwozero
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>Dude. Income tax was supposedly  instituted to pay for World War One.

It was instituted on the rich only.

At first. It was during the WWII and post WWII period that the tax became broad based.

For example; withholdings werent introduced until WWII.


Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:42 | 1179210 Hephasteus
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We have temporary taxes in oklahoma. When they expire they spend millions advertising some stupid project to put the money towards. When it fails they spend more millions advertising another stupid project to put the money towards. This continunes ad infinitum until something is passed. It's about as temporary as a politicians delcaration to stop lying.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:47 | 1179224 nkktwotwozero
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I'm not defending the Income Tax.

But it's not the only tax the Federal government collects.

And it wasnt originally meant to be collected from the "masses".

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:57 | 1179236 thedrickster
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Gee wiz, do you mean to tell me that a government...gasp...engaged in mission creep?

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:58 | 1179238 nkktwotwozero
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"Blah blah blah......pleaze beliave me..."

That part of the trial was BORING!


Brawndo! It's got what nuclear plants crave!

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 01:00 | 1179240 Buckaroo Banzai
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Good. Because income taxes on anyone, at any level, are indefensible in a free society.

An income tax is a tax on your existence. When the fruits of your labor are taken from you by force, you are a slave, by definition.

The Federal Government supported itself for almost 150 years by using excise taxes. When the american people were gradually enslaved starting in 1913, it was the end of a free society. NO MORE INCOME TAXES.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 03:43 | 1179391 traderjoe
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Buckaroo - thanks for your comments on this thread this evening. Spot on. Cheers! 

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 05:09 | 1179423 ExploitTheMarket
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Indeed...taxation is theft and is morally wrong...(and, of course, economically stupid).  Pro-income theft supporters always ignore this and say well, there is no correlation between economic growth and taxation to which I reply, if there is no correlation then why not raise the rate to 100% of income, then you can give everything you earn to the government, at this point they usually walk away....

Also, the amount of money the Federal gov takes in without personal and corporate income taxes is enormous, something like $1Trillion...if you can not run a government on $1Trillion something is very wrong.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 03:06 | 1179372 A Nanny Moose
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"Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program." - Milton Friedman

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 06:22 | 1179473 Pants McPants
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....And we have Friedman to thank for the direct payroll deduction of taxes.

Thanks, Milton!

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:52 | 1179232 piceridu
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16th amendment ratified on February 3, 1913

The Federal Reserve Act enacted December 23, 1913

One can not survive without the other.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 01:12 | 1179255 Hephasteus
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16th amendment ratified on February 3, 1913

Except that first part didn't happen.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:41 | 1179551 DeMarkTrader
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I don't care about the truth or veracity of the information presented on that Web site... I have no interest in debating that. What I would like to point out is that you will be laughed out of the room within 5 minutes of arriving in tax or criminal court with that defense.


It's what you can prove that counts. It's case law (however, improper) that holds sway there.


You will have to export yourself or your money off shore to have any hope of avoiding it.

Fri, 04/22/2011 - 07:34 | 1195611 Hephasteus
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And that's what is so fucking funny.

Like things long dead people matter to todays law. You can't prove the 16th amendment passed cause EVERYBODY IS DEAD. But you get laughed out of court because you can't prove it wasn't passed.

People gotta stop getting mind fucked.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 02:49 | 1179361 ebworthen
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Toll Road.

Needs maintenance, don't ya' know.

Paint, paving and asphalt, crews of 14 with 2 actually working.

Paint for the bridges at $150 per gallon.

Ooops; toll road and booths and bridges need to be rebuilt.

Somehow, we miscalculated payoff of original bond, maintenance, and "other" costs.

BTW - we are issuing a bond for the new toll road; pays 1%, and the toll will be double what the new toll is.  You don't see a problem here, do you?

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:56 | 1179582 iota
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I thought the first income taxes were during the civil war?

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:59 | 1179596 Sean7k
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Income tax was instituted to insure that bankers would be paid on the national debt- a debt to be created and managed by the FED. 

The author neglects to mention that this same 5% hold over 80% of the wealth. The author also neglects to notice that much of the federal largess is blood money- spent to keep the lower classes from revolting. 

The wealthy have been getting richer, not poorer. Worse, taxes are not collected in sufficient amounts to pay the costs of their bloated government. Consequently, the difference will be made by cutting entitlements(for the lower classes) and maintaining the operations that earn them a subsidy- war, corporate loopholes and judicial favoritism.

This argument gets trotted out and put on display regularly. It is a whore. The best system would be minimum government with zero taxes and common law systems, but then, the rich would actually have to compete- instead of stealing their wealth through influence and state created rents.

The history of the world is one of a priviledged class served by a much larger worker class. One can make what ever assumptions they want about why. The only measure of civility has been noblesse oblige. We appear to be transiting away from this standard.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:02 | 1179141 FreedomGuy
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Social security and Medicare are direct transfer payments. They go from payer to recipient and as such in theory do not pay for the operation of government. Of course, during the surplus years of Social Security the excess funds were "loaned" to the government to cover day to day operations.

Everyone is taxed for these because they are in essence an insurance premium. Since everyone is a recipient then everyone has to pay. Since everyone gets a proportional benefit (roughly) you have to pay the same, i.e. rich people do not pay more for Soc. Sec. once the cap is reached because their benefit also caps out. It is similar to any other plan you buy in the private market in this regard.

So, these taxes do not change the argument. In fact, stupid politicians are about to change Soc. Sec. into welfare through means testing and uncapping the premium. It is just another rusted nail in the coffin of our collectivist society. We can congratulate all retirees on being welfare recipients. Should make us all proud.

The point is this article is valid. Democracy has been described as two wolves and a sheep voting on what's for dinner. Once about half the electorate pays no taxes whatsoever they become immune to taxing anyone else. In addition, deficits are the difference between what we want now and what we are really willing to pay. So we pass the real tax with added interest to our kids and grandkids. The national debt is the sum total of our current account greed and cowardice in balancing the books. The bill will come due in time. Don't be surprised when our following generations want to burn down the retirement homes when we voted them all the bills and ourselves all the goodies.

Once we left any Constitutional restrictions on what the Federal government can do we opened pandora's box to never ending programs and income redistribution.

The socialist-collectivist state never pays its bills or delivers on its promises of prosperity and utopia. It redistributes poverty and servitude on all. It never ever works anywhere over time.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:21 | 1179175 nkktwotwozero
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>Of course, during the surplus years of Social Security the excess funds were "loaned" to the government to cover day to day operations.

By the Greenspan Commission. One in the same Greenspan.

It isnt a loan if they never intended to pay it back, and it was forced.

It's a tax.


Mon, 04/18/2011 - 01:24 | 1179275 Hephasteus
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I'm looking at my 2011 social security form. And it's a big giant piece of shit lying ass document. It's so full of shit I'd have to have a labotomy to not notice.

It's saying 4793 dollars in 1983. And that was my junior year in high school. I took 5 classes and during finals week I worked 47 hours. Because my manger was pregnant and kept sluffing responsibility off on me. I was so exhausted all the time from closing. Going to sleep at 2 am. Getting up at 6:30. Going to school. Sleeping till I went to work at 5pm that I completely burned out. I made over 7grand that year. And social security is lying out it's fucking ass. After finally blowing up at the assistant manager for cruising into work an hour late strung out crashing from a speed bender. He fired me. I couldn't work for 3 whole months because I was just too exhausted.

The IRS and united states government can't be trusted to tell one goddamn number right. They are so fucking enron it's not even funny.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 01:24 | 1179276 Hephasteus
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I'm looking at my 2011 social security form. And it's a big giant piece of shit lying ass document. It's so full of shit I'd have to have a labotomy to not notice.

It's saying 4793 dollars in 1983. And that was my junior year in high school. I took 5 classes and during finals week I worked 47 hours. Because my manger was pregnant and kept sluffing responsibility off on me. I was so exhausted all the time from closing. Going to sleep at 2 am. Getting up at 6:30. Going to school. Sleeping till I went to work at 5pm that I completely burned out. I made over 7grand that year. And social security is lying out it's fucking ass. After finally blowing up at the assistant manager for cruising into work an hour late strung out crashing from a speed bender. He fired me. I couldn't work for 3 whole months because I was just too exhausted.

The IRS and united states government can't be trusted to tell one goddamn number right. They are so fucking enron it's not even funny.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 02:21 | 1179335 AnAnonymous
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The point is this article is valid. Democracy has been described as two wolves and a sheep voting on what's for dinner. Once about half the electorate pays no taxes whatsoever they become immune to taxing anyone else.


It is only valid the US way, that is cherrypicking to cling on a mantra.

The article jumps from a valid point, the number of people no longer paying federal income tax to voting.

Without providing a ground to show that people who are exempted from federal income tax do indeed vote.

When a representative is elected by winning 25pc of the total electorate in a bi partisan election, it implies that quite a number of people forgot to cast a vote. Of course, since in the US, a majority is only absolute when it comes to racial issues, for an election, scaling is done. If 45pc of the global electore vote, anyone collecting most than the half of that is told to rule by majority. 

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:20 | 1179496 poopyjim
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Without providing a ground to show that people who are exempted from federal income tax do indeed vote.

Of course they vote! What the hell else are they going to do on election day?

Oh wait, I forgot: crack.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 05:32 | 1179440 Dburn
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Dick...Yeah you. Social Security and Medicare is still counted in the budget and subject to cuts. It was only when Social Security surpluses stopped in 2009 that people got all excited. All that money goes into the general fund. There is no separate checking account for it.It accounts for almost as much receipts as the Corporate and Individual taxes do.

It's a tax by another name K? Save the bullshit for other assholes outraged they have to part with one penny they stole.  

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 01:22 | 1179274 JR
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Yes, the 47 percent of Americans who, infamously, owe no federal income taxes to the federal government do still pay some payroll taxes for Social Security and Medicare.

But there are millions of American households for which tax day literally is pay day; they receive more cash from the IRS than they contribute in federal income taxes and employment taxes.  IE, they are making money off federal taxes.

“The bottom 40 percent, on average, make a profit from the federal income tax, meaning they get more money in tax credits than they would otherwise owe in taxes. For those people, the government sends them a payment,” according to an AP article last April, Nearly half of US households escape fed income tax.

In short, 50 percent of people are getting something for nothing.

According to a separate analysis by the consulting firm Deloitte Tax: In recent years, credits for low- and middle-income families have grown so much that a family of four making as much as $50,000 will owe no federal income tax…as long as there are two children younger than 17.

In the past 40 years, Washington has passed a series of laws, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the child tax credit, that send money to lower- and middle-income families through the tax system.

Obama's Making Work Pay credit provides as much as $800 to couples and $400 to individuals. The expanded child tax credit provides $1,000 for each child under 17. The Earned Income Tax Credit provides up to $5,657 to low-income families with at least three children.

Of course all still can vote on expensive programs to which they won't contribute, whether it's foreign wars or domestic entitlements.

 (A caller on the Tom Sullivan radio call-in this week mentioned an Adoption Tax Credit totaling $12,150 per adopted child (per child not per year)—making his total pay check from the IRS this year $21,000, based on a family of four with two newly adopted children and an income of $50,000 - a commendable program but through the IRS?  Even though the caller’s construction business income is down because of the recession, he remained critical of the government’s unfair taxing policies.)


Mon, 04/18/2011 - 01:44 | 1179298 Let them all fail
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I have an effective federal income tax rate of 1% this year...Getting back about all the money I withheld for federal income tax.  Seems pretty strange but great for me.  Noone should have a negative effective federal income tax, thats just called welfare.  Speaking of which, if normal people can have negative effective federal income tax rates without even lobbying for them, no wonder with all their lobbying power that companies like GE, JPM and Exxon don't pay taxes (or even pay negative taxes), they probably don't even have to try that hard...

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 06:06 | 1179458 uno
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anyone working cash business also can scam the earned income credit.  Also on the dole is healthy people getting disability payments for life by playing the depressed game.

There is the civilian defense industry which are glamorized handouts as well as the government employee welfare queens, and then there is wall street on a different welfare scale.

So there is a few million real workers carrying the weight of the corrupt system.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:33 | 1179538 duo
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The Great Society and the war on poverty.  How you can reduce poverty by paying poor people to breed is beyond me.  The children born during LBJ's great experiment are now becoming grandparents.

Maltheus, where are you?

Sun, 04/17/2011 - 23:54 | 1179133 Amish Pirate
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I'm a net taxpayer, you can thank us later other half of America.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 01:09 | 1179250 Bringin It
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Thank you for what exactly?  Reloading the Ponzi?

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:34 | 1179541 snowball777
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Right after you thank the "other half of America" for shoveling Chinese crap into your SUV and thus providing the salary that makes you a net taxpayer.


Sun, 04/17/2011 - 23:54 | 1179134 crash_davis
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It's exactly the point that the government should never get into the game of legislating "social justice". All it is is an excuse for the government to control, to pick winners and losers, to try to control the society in need of "social justice."

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:10 | 1179151 JPG101
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And if the government really doesn't help 'social justice' the people on the losing side of 'social justice' will come at us hard. Go to countries with GINI coeifficents below that of the US (and where many want this to go) and you might think a bit of social justice makes a bit more sense...

The winners are being picked and it isn't you or me. It's GS, JP Morgan and friends. It certainly isn't the poor, middle class or the mildly rich.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:13 | 1179157 IdioTsincracY
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based on GINI we rank with the scums of this world.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 01:11 | 1179249 Buckaroo Banzai
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You don't get it. GS, JP Morgan, et. al. are creatures of the state, supported by a gigantic web of legislation that started with the Federal Reserve. You want social justice? Cripple government by making it 90% smaller, restrict the creation of Corporations to specific charters with limited terms that expire, and then tax those restricted Corporations. The unrestricted corporate form of organization is evil. Sole proprietorships and partnerships are the only moral forms of business organization.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 01:43 | 1179296 JPG101
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Yeh evil: good and evil. Reminds me of the last president who chainsawed Glass Steagall: evil I guess... What does the new clown in power do? Give them billions for screwing up. Talk about capture!

GS and JP Morgan are not creatures of the state. They infiltrated a weak state and took it over. A bit like drug cartels are taking over Mexico and like the mafia has control over large parts of Italy. The 0.1% use every level of power to take over our only defense against them and now they want the sheeple to ask them to destroy the only possible protector that can stop them from completly taking over. Shrinking the gov by 90% means no more courts to prosecute them. What do you want? Get ride of all the institutions that are the basis for a strong country? How about reforming or stopping the corruption? 

Do you really think you will be better of with no civil institutions? Who will protect us against the 0.1%? Somalia has no evil gov but I bet a few (99.9%) there would want one to protect them from the 0.1%...

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 02:22 | 1179334 Buckaroo Banzai
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I think we can have some form of government that doesn't turn its citizens into slaves via an income tax and the federal reserve system. In fact we had that kind of a gov't before 1913.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 04:23 | 1179396 JPG101
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Every era had their robber barons. Pre 1913 was no different. The names change but the principle is the same. Gold standard or fiat with or without a central bank: the same rules of class warfare apply but the tools of oppression vary. The 0.01% simply use all available tools of oppression... The 99.9% could fight back but when the top 9.9% are scared of being pushed down they usually push back the bottom 90%. Works that way, with a few historic exceptions, in most developed countries. The US was one of those rare exceptions that escaped fascism under FDR. Sadly I doubt we can pull that off twice. Hope I'm wrong but investing as if we are heading towards Benitos land or worst...


Getting ride of the fedral reserve would change nothing. Getting ride of government would just get ride of the last vestige of minor protection that stands between us and the 0.01%. Getting our governments back is the only protection against serfdom.

A 1%er

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 06:20 | 1179465 uno
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" A bit like drug cartels are taking over Mexico" 

it is very much like the drug cartels in Mexico, control of the judicial system, regulators, congress and executive branch, CNBS; instead of gunning down innocent civilians poor people worldwide starve to death by GS and JPM etc ramping up food and energy prices.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:02 | 1179490 Hephasteus
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No you're missing the point here. The MOB was this shadowy thing that everybody knew about but didn't know exactly what the hell it was ALL THROUGH THE 50's. Once they were "discovered" in the 60's it turned out they were working heavily with government cia etc.

The mob is represented as some form of low conciousness that's beneath the government conciousness. But it's just a direct expression of government conciousness without the lies and deceipt mask.

All these ufo's and crap. If they were here to help us should be scooping these guys up taking them someplace far far away and dropping them off and making them walk home. If they don't know who the good guys are and the bad guys by now they never will or don't care.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 01:39 | 1179293 JR
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Absolutely. Let the non-payers stop calling for some arbitrary “social justice” they believe they’ve been denied, and start calling for “justice” straight up without the prefixes. Taxpayers can no longer afford their prefixed justice.

People know economic injustice when they see it. 

Perhaps the Congressional Budget Office already has forgotten the $1 Trillion it calculated for the Obamacare bill that must be paid over 10 years for an additional 32 million uninsured people, most arriving from Mexico, adding 16 million people to the Medicaid roll and subsidizing private coverage for low- and middle-income people?  But will the taxpayer ever be allowed to forget?

Of course, “The Democrats hailed the (Obamacare) votes as historic and a long overdue step forward in social justice, comparable to the establishment of Medicare and Social Security.”

Or, as South Carolina Representative Jame E. Clyburn put it:  ‘This is the civil rights act of the 21st century.”

Hey, somebody’s got to pay for “civil rights.”

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 06:23 | 1179469 uno
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so you get junked for stating facts and logic.

Sun, 04/17/2011 - 23:55 | 1179136 cxl9
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And who pays the "inflation tax"? All those with dollar-denominated assets - money they just managed to save after the government taxed the hell out of them - that's who. Fucked again, suckers! The sad lesson is that government is nothing but a vast, corrupt wealth redistribution engine, roaming the landscape looking for pools of wealth to steal and use to perpetuate and expand its own existence. Wealth can only be stolen from those that have it and are too weak to defend it, which of course today is the middle classes.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:10 | 1179150 mark mchugh
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I'm with you cx,

The rich are the "real" taxpayers?  Bullshit.  Jamie Dimon is a welfare case who gives kickbacks to Uncle Sugar.  The money he "earned" is also known as the national debt, which has been piling up at the rate of more than $500 per person per month for three years now.

Deficit spending is how cowards tax.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:21 | 1179173 IdioTsincracY
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right on ... two wars not paid for, medicare part d not paid for, loss of revenues courtesy if the oligarchy, screw the masses with the 'wealth effect' as the real wealth 'trickle up' to the top 1%

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:52 | 1179230 thedrickster
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Just say it bitch...I know you want to.

It's Bush's fault, right?

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 01:14 | 1179259 Bringin It
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Junked - for useless partisan bs.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 01:14 | 1179262 thedrickster
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Unjunk it, I am anti-partisan, anhilitating partsianship on contact.

This little bitch is an Obamabot, a partisian in true HuffPo/DemUnderground stylings and is making me ill.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 02:38 | 1179349 Bringin It
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It's Bush's fault, right?  -- Sorry fool, but this is the definition of partisanship.

Time to ramp up the captcha difficulty.

Try this out thedrickster - They all work for the same people.  American politics is bought and captured.  Do you understand this?

So yes, it is Bush's fault and Obama's in on it to.  There's a long list.

The obvious program is to prop up the banksters and loot the people, while the looting is still good. 

Can you see the obvious program thedrickster?

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:48 | 1179565 thedrickster
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You have COMPLETELY missed the point numnutz.

The little bitch is blabbering talking points to exhonororate the current Emperor, Barry the Charlatan by invoking the deeds of Emperor George the Lesser.

Fuck off and try reading comprehension in the context of this dude's full body of work.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 08:05 | 1179617 Bringin It
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Where?  You're making stuff up.  Another psychotic inside the wire.. 

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 09:29 | 1179952 thedrickster
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"two wars not paid for, medicare part d not paid for"

As though this is the sum total of the problem, that nothing has happened since. Are you really that fucking dense? This is an underhanded "blame Bush not Barry" and so nauseating.

Note the little fuckhead troll invokes Somalia below.

This hollow nonsense is par for the course at collectivist home room like HuffPo but is soooo gutter for ZH.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 10:46 | 1180353 Rick Masters
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I didn't know ZH hired another staffer. Congrats. I'm glad they finally are hiring somebody to vet the comments to make sure we only hear what we want to hear. I mean the nerve of some people having outside thoughts. Good for you standng up to these people. The best part: you're also psychich and you knew his thouhgts before he said them. WOW!

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:46 | 1179563 snowball777
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Sounds like someone has some latent guilt to work through.

He thought he was the King of America
Where they pour Coca Cola just like vintage wine
Now I try hard not to become hysterical
But I'm not sure if I am laughing or crying for you

I wish that I could push a button
And talk in the past and not the present tense
And watch this hurtin' feeling disappear
Like it was common sense
It was a fine idea at the time
Now it's a brilliant mistake

She said that she was working for the ABC News
It was as much of the alphabet as she knew how to use
Her perfume was unspeakable
It lingered in the air
Like her artificial laughter
Her mementos of affairs


"Oh" I said "I see you know him"
"Isn't that very fortunate for you"
And she showed me his calling card
He came third or fourth and there were more than one or two
He was a fine idea at the time
Now he's a brilliant mistake

He thought he was the King of America
But it was just a boulevard of broken dreams
A trick they do with mirrors and with chemicals
The words of love in whispers
And the accent-worded screams


Mon, 04/18/2011 - 02:35 | 1179346 Moe Howard
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Can't you count? There are three wars not paid for, and one not voted on. Oh, that's right, never mind, the extra war not voted on is from the savior and doesn't fit the mold, so we will look the other way.


At least update the rhetoric and get with the times. Bush caused Barry to do it.


Wake up and smell reality. Barry is Bush with a tan.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:01 | 1179140 JPG101
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I'm sure the 0.1% upper kleptos would agree with this line of thinking...

I'm also certain that all those people on food stamps got there because they deserve it: right?

How much tax do the 0.1% masters pay? GE? How did they get their money? Honest hard and smart work?  Or by front running, political connections and crime (stealing from the 99.9%)?

The odds of someone in the bottom 40% getting to the top 10% in America are not good. Go to Europe or Canada for that...

This is class warfare by the 0.1% against everyone else but the top 10% are looking down and seeing their enemy. The 99.9% should be looking up at our true oppressors.

Are you part of the 0.1%? If so your spin makes sense. If you are part of the top 10% your target is off... 

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:06 | 1179145 cxl9
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When I write out that tax check to the government every month (and twice in April) I know exactly who the enemy is: the guy holding the gun to my head forcing me to do it.

Everything else you say is noise.


Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:11 | 1179158 JPG101
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GS and JP Morgan are the ones holding a gun to your head for now. If this keeps on going downhill there will be a lot of poor people with a lot of guns sticking them in our faces regularly. I can't afford the milage on a bullet proof car.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:17 | 1179169 IdioTsincracY
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Contrary to belief, the US has a low marginal tax rate and that partially explaines the deficit, especially when we go to war without paying for it, or let the bankers rape our wealth and move it offshore...

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:44 | 1179218 thedrickster
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Shove your low marginal tax rate up your ass.

You have placed a gun to my head in order to confiscate my labor, period.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 01:11 | 1179257 Buckaroo Banzai
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Exactly. Income taxes of any sort are indefensible in a free society, as the forced taking of the fruits of ones labor is the definition of slavery.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 04:45 | 1179408 JPG101
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Move to Somalia: no taxes... But then again there are a few issues there also.

When or where has there been a truely free society as you dream of? Who paid to maintain basic infrastrucure and enforce contracts? The military 'to protect our freedoms'? Do they just steal the money from weaker states or impose militias in times of need? Getting sent to fight isn't exactly a free society thing either...

If you ever find a place where its' citizens are free and there is no taxation it will get crowded fast so move quickly. I'll give you some of my saved income tax if you get me in. 

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 05:28 | 1179436 Vlad Tepid
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Soooo, the US was a A) a Somali-like Hell-Hole before 1913 or B) the freest, most successful and weathly counties in the world before 1913?  Teddy R didn't build the Great White Fleet by filching your grandpa's pocketbook, you numbnut.  You only need an income tax if you are trying to operate a useless globe-spanning empire, not protect your republic.

I found a placewhere the citizens were free and there was no taxation on your income.  I found it in a history book that was all dusty and stuff. It was called the United States. Too bad that place isn't around anymore. Where's Doc Brown when you need him.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:57 | 1179585 snowball777
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a) and b)...just depends which side of the tracks you were on at the time.

that place started to die in around 1886 as best we can tell (anyone who thinks we fought a revolution against a monarchy and not the british corporations that were directing them needs to read more).

consider for a second, that the empire and the corporation are linked entities (i tell you, these locals are getting brave in their raids on our foo foo mines, do you think the admiral could spare a few men?).

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 10:48 | 1180373 Rick Masters
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There were taxes before 1913. Not an income tax but a tax is a tax. I mean let's say they get rid of your income tax but impose a vat is that ok? Unfortanetley we need taxes. It's not 1850 anymore. How would we support the country with zero taxes. You seem to be arguing just aginast the income tax so what would be a more fair way to assess tax to raise revenue?

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 05:21 | 1179431 Vlad Tepid
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You are 100% right.  But don't expect anyone to agree with you or understand you out there.  I was giving a speech to a collection of wealthy Silicon Valley Republicans and after a very detailed and well-put (if I do say so myself) delineation of this exact point, one lady raised her hand and said, "Well what taxes do you propose?"  Good God.  "None!" I said.  "We tax others for the privilege of selling goods in the US and shrink the Federal gov to fit the bill."  They looked at me like I had sprouted a third was then I knew I was done with party politics.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 02:56 | 1179367 Urban Redneck
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You must be one of the 47% whose marginal tax rate is 0%.  If you look at marginal and effective tax rates for ACTUAL TAXPAYERS - they are some of the highest in the developed world.  The reason for the discrepancy between those rates and taxes as a share of GDP is 1) loopholes for the extremely rich (The rich don't pay their fair share) and 2) low consumption taxes (e.g. fuel) (the lower class doesn't pay its fair share) so the middle class (and the self employed) are screwed.


Mon, 04/18/2011 - 06:55 | 1179487 ColonelCooper
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Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:27 | 1179186 Brother can you...
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I loves my some ZH, but don't expect a lot of sympathy towards your argument from those posting here.


Greed has almost totally destroyed the social compact that humans should have with each other. They use the same tired old arguments that the aristocracy has used since the begining. If your poor, sick, uneducated etc it's of course your fault and no one should help you but yourself and if you can't, then please go away and die so that the rest of us don't have to look at or pay for you.


They make the argument that taxes "take" from them and give to the unworthy. I see it as the price to pay for a stable society. If someone loses their job, would you rather they collect some social safety net services that they have been paying for their entire working life. Or would  you rather they buy a gun and come to your house and take your crap. If you can't defend it, do you really deserve it?


 I personally prefer the 1st option. Wouldn't you rather be your brothers keeper and have someone be yours than having to stand in front of your shit with a gun all day?


Oh nevermind... Junk away


Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:32 | 1179191 IdioTsincracY
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Mon, 04/18/2011 - 01:16 | 1179264 Buckaroo Banzai
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Well, that sounds nice, but the fact is, by being for the income tax, you are squarely against a Free society. Instead it seems you want man to be a slave to his fellow man, with the government as the "well intentioned" intermediary. I use the term "well intentioned" in the most sarcastic way.

Income tax at any level is slavery, by definition. Please be intellectually honest enough to state upfront that you are against liberty, and for slavery.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 02:26 | 1179339 AnAnonymous
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Instead it seems you want man to be a slave to his fellow man, with the government as the "well intentioned" intermediary. I use the term "well intentioned" in the most sarcastic way.


What's wrong with slavery? Slavery built the US. And it would have died its natural death according to US citizens so...

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:05 | 1179495 nmewn
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The practice of African slavery was brought to North America, South America & the Carribean by the europeans.

What part of the UK did you say you were from? ;-)

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:34 | 1179542 TheEternalTriangle
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You mean the Europeans who went across to the Americas right? A large slice of which eventually became the citizens we know and love so well today.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:59 | 1179591 snowball777
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No, I mean the Dutch who needed plantation help in Indonesia, who became the South Africans we know and love so well today.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 10:57 | 1180389 Rick Masters
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Taking a low percentage of wages to support the country is slavery? Most don't pay anyway but the well off and if you are that well off and are still mad about it, wow, just wow. You better hope there is no God. Cause Lord he is going to strike you down. Were you the lawyer in Seven? I consider taxes charity. I also consider them the price paid for civility, per Chief Justice O. W. Holmes.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 06:54 | 1179486 nmewn
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"Wouldn't you rather be your brothers keeper and have someone be yours..."

One of my pet peeves is the misuse of this Biblical phrase.

It originates from Cain attempting to lie to God about his murdering his own brother...hardly something that should be used to make a point about government taking from one to give to a complete stranger. The lesson is the phrase was uttered as one of deceit, not charity.

But the larger point one has a right to another's earnings and I find it immoral to use the ballot box to take from another to enrich yourself through deception.

That said we, as a society, have decided we will care for the disabled through taxation...the problem of course has always been the number who claim this status among us.

I say, if you are a ward of the state you give up your ability to vote in a federal election. Once you become self sustaining again it is restored.

Everyone is free to help their "brother" in his hour of need voluntarily, there are no laws against it...but when you use government to take from your neighbor to help your brother it is another matter entirely. 

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 08:02 | 1179598 snowball777
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Especially if your 'brother' is a thieving parasite of a bankster, beneficiary of the MIC, corn farmer, insurance company, DC lobbyist, or other campaign adviser.


Mon, 04/18/2011 - 18:06 | 1181958 nmewn
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Seems so snowy...seems so.

The corruption is unreal...and they act as though it's just a part of doing business.

I have no use for thieves of any stripe.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 09:32 | 1179970 Brother can you...
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I wasn't refering to the biblical story, just making an analogy that we are all in this together. YOUR EARNINGS and your ability to make them were paid for by ALL of us.

Your welcome for the interstate highway system that allows YOUR products to be moved cheaply and efficiently.

Your welcome for the municipal water treatment and sewer plants that allows people to live so close together and for cities to exist.

Your welcome for municipal Gas and electric plants so that you have the energy to produce your product so that YOU can become wealthy.

Once WE'VE all paid for the infrastructure to make your wealth possible, it's real easy to shit on US and say that YOU did it all on your own, isn't it.

If you want to be self made. Go move to a mountain by yourself. Just don't use OUR roads, electricity, gas or any public utility while your there. Figure it out yourself.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 18:05 | 1181952 nmewn
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"I wasn't refering to the biblical story, (bullshit)just making an analogy that we are all in this together

No...we are not all in this together. That's the problem spud.

Half pay income tax and half do not. If we are in this together what does the half that pay no income taxes bring to the table?...good looks and a sob story? Only one of those will get you very far most places.

"Your welcome for the interstate highway system that allows YOUR products to be moved cheaply and efficiently."

I don't sell products...and you must ride a fucking bicycle because you didn't notice the price of gas.

"Your welcome for the municipal water treatment and sewer plants that allows people to live so close together and for cities to exist."

I paid with my money to have my both my water wells put in. I also paid with my money to have my septic and drain field put in. I pay from time to time with my money to maintain all.

"Your welcome for municipal Gas and electric plants so that you have the energy to produce your product so that YOU can become wealthy."

Again...not everyone is hooked onto a "life support" system the way you gas either...and when the power goes out...I have a generator. I have structured my life for how I wish to have as well, deal with it.

"Once WE'VE all paid for the infrastructure to make your wealth possible, it's real easy to shit on US and say that YOU did it all on your own, isn't it."

Your entire post is based on assumptions...I'm not wealthy...I did pay for it all on my, don't ask me to pay for or subsidize your shit and we won't have a problem.

"If you want to be self made. Go move to a mountain by yourself. Just don't use OUR roads, electricity, gas or any public utility while your there. Figure it out yourself."

I am self made (see above)...if you can't handle being self made, keep your ass in the city, breathe the fumes, fight the traffic, look over your shoulder when walking at night, barricade your doors, scream at the guy next to you at a stop light, give yourself ulcers...and pay for it all yourself...and pay for your neighbors too, he does say thank you when you do, doesn't he?

Just remember...if the SHTF...don't bring your ass out here whining & really is like Deliverance or sumpin out here ;-)

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 10:46 | 1180354 InconvenientCou...
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Why is everyone so pissed? You make your money, you pay a little bit to keep the peasants fed and housed. Seems like a good arrangment. What idiot thinks it's a good idea chop the whole tree down just because you've got dead branches?

Libertarians are only possible in a society with a strong social fabric, which means people get fed. In societies with hungry people, the Libertarians circle jerk each other in dimly lit basements. Show me a hungry, sick or homeless libertarian. LOL! Death is the ultimate form of liberty don't you think?



Mon, 04/18/2011 - 05:09 | 1179424 topcallingtroll
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Many of the posts are tirades against the top five percent.

One poster on this thread said the top twenty percent were part of the exploitative classes.

You guys often soften your argument by saying it is really about the top 1 percent or 0.1 percent.

In practice socialists think that anyone with slightly more money than average should pay high taxes.

We always hear that the socialists only want to increase taxes on those making more than 250,000 per year, but the definition of wealthy starts creeping downward every time socialists run out of opm and need more.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 10:59 | 1180428 Rick Masters
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About 1 percent of the posts here are liberal, maybe. Yet you say the majoirty of them are liberal tirades (paraphrased). Take off the tunnell vision glasses. It's disturbing that people can be so partisan as not even notice the obvious and focus soley on one or two posts and act like the world is against them.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:07 | 1179147 Cleanclog
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Can we get to a progressive flat tax already?

Anyone earning an income pays some tax for the support of public education, security, judicial system, etc etc.  But someone earning $10K maybe only pays .5% in taxes - still they pay in. Someone earning $50K maybe pays 5%, $100K 10%, $200K 15% . . . . $10mil 40%  whatever.  A graduated flat tax approach.  No deductions for anything.  

The top 1% of earners in US hold 40% of wealth and make 25% of income.  The top 5% more than the bottom 95%.  Clearly enormous disparity exists.  Use a flat tax, graduated for income, to make sure everyone participates in paying taxes, but those that benefit most from our economic system, pay most to support it. 

This is just not that difficult!

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:11 | 1179156 IdioTsincracY
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I agree! flat progressive tax, getting rid of all deductions and loopholes.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:51 | 1179226 thedrickster
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Flat AND progressive??

Awfully Orwellian.....sounding an awful lot like a parasite.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 01:06 | 1179244 cxl9
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Agree. And what's so fair about a "flat tax" anyway? Someone making 10x more than someone else should not be paying 10x more in taxes. He certainly is not receiving 10x as much government "services". They both drive the same roads. If anything, the guy with 10x greater incoming probably receives fewer govenment services: his house isn't the one being visited by the cops three times a month to sort out a domestic disturbance on the front lawn. To make it completely fair, how about a simple head tax? Let's say $2000 per year for every adult citizen, period. No exceptions, no exemptions, no subsidies. If government wants to raise the tax, they raise it for all. Let's see what rates look like when everyone pays the same thing, and you can no longer vote to raise your neighbor's taxes.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 01:19 | 1179269 Buckaroo Banzai
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Yes. Unfortunately a flat tax on income is still an income tax. Since an income tax, by definition is slavery (as slavery is defined by the forced confiscation of the fruits of one's labor), then being in favor of the flat income tax means that you are in favor of slavery, and against a free society.

Please, it is important to be clear about this. There are many people on this thread that seem to be pro-slavery... something that was supposedly settled back in 1865 but unfortunately got overturned in 1913.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 01:53 | 1179311 Rick64
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 Unfortunately most people don't know the history behind the income tax or what it represents. They accept it mostly out of fear or ignorance.  Think about how much smaller government would be without income tax. It would be a major ordeal to go to war and would probably only be in a matter of self defense, and we sure the hell wouldn't be bailing out any Investment banks (TBTFs were investment banks before they became holding banks so they could qualify for those handouts).

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 04:48 | 1179410 JPG101
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Basically the US has been at war on off for most of my 45 years and this is certainly part of the capture of government.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 02:08 | 1179321 SME MOFO
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Mon, 04/18/2011 - 11:02 | 1180437 Rick Masters
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Knock knock. Who's there. a book. A book who? a book you should read called the dictionary where there are many different meaning of words that are spelled the same. Does your heart rate go up when some one says, liberal. GASP!

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:12 | 1179148 IdioTsincracY
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More people are not paying some taxes because they are moving from middle class to poor. [Good reason]

Then we have people not paying taxes because of tax sheltes [bad reason]

Finally we have people (corporations), not only not paying taxes, but getting $billions in 'refund' (WTF)


It looks like most of us will soon have a Good Reason not to pay taxes.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:49 | 1179222 thedrickster
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Get the fuck out of here, HuffPo misses you.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 01:12 | 1179251 JPG101
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I hear Francisco and Benito calling you. That didn't turn out to well for the majority but the trains were on time...

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 01:18 | 1179270 Buckaroo Banzai
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You sir, are the tyrant. You love slavery (= income tax) and hate freedom.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 05:03 | 1179417 JPG101
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I'm a tyrant... Got it. Was that a well thought out thing or do you say that to all your friends? Just to those who don't agree with you 100%? And you are? Simplistic maybe? Nuance not your cup of tea? Pardon the tea pun...

Sounds vaguely familiar? The 'good or evil' thing. That was so 2002... (Good being us and evil whoever we don't agree with: just to really break this down for you...)

Also reminds me of the 'with us or against' us thing. He didn't do nuance as you surely remember him saying so proudly. That got us into a bit of a pickle somewhere East of here. And West. And South. And actually even North... When the Canadians think you are being dogmatic bullies you know you have no friends left...

Do you have any friends? 

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 05:30 | 1179439 Vlad Tepid
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And the trains really didn't run on time...that was just clever propaganda. It seems to have worked though...

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 11:03 | 1180440 Rick Masters
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hahahha thanks for lightening the mood. I think we all need it. Phew. I gotta get back to work. break's over.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 06:40 | 1179481 topcallingtroll
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You are a tyrant.

You think i should work hard so your lazy ass can get more of

Sounds like tyranny to me. I think our country did.fine.before we had the income tax. I dont recall a lot of mass starvation in the 19th century requiring a program. People were required to work and didnt even imagine it would be.moral to become a burden on others.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 11:09 | 1180463 Rick Masters
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you are correct. there were no social safety programs before the 1900s for the most part, hence why therre was massive unrest that led to them. leading cause of death in your so-called glory days: scurvyt. cause of scurvy: malnourishment.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:50 | 1179567 thedrickster
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Go to hell, ZH is above his brand of trolling.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 01:31 | 1179281 Al Gorerhythm
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Have you even considered less government? Raise taxes and we'll all be saved!?

Fuck me, it's a libertarian republic. (Supposed to be that is) Looks like we couldn't keep it. Wake up.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:18 | 1179172 bankonzhongguo
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Get rid of the income (sporting) tax and just do a VAT, with treble penalties to tax dodgers Pay 1/3 to the dirty rats that ratted them out to the government, 1/3 to the local county government and the last third to the Feds for whateverthefucktheydoanymore.  Get rid of the IRS and relay upon Citizens to do their fair share and report tax cheats.  The IRC only serves the tax lawyers at $600/yr and is open for loopholes for those few wealthy enough to bribe Congress.  Tax consumption.



Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:25 | 1179178 IdioTsincracY
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of course, that would make perfect sense.... tax consumption, so the poor will be taxed on %100 of whatever the F@#$% they make and spend in order to survive, and the top 1% will pay close to nothing as they buy their stuff in places without a consumption tax


Mon, 04/18/2011 - 01:23 | 1179277 Buckaroo Banzai
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The federal gov't supported itself just fine on excise taxes, most of which tax consumption in some way. They worked great, and are compatible with Liberty and a free society.

You seemed to have made a cartoon of consumption taxes in order to promote some sort of communistic outcome, where an "all-seeing, all-knowing, all-benevolent" elite make a social determination that some people (the takers) deserve the fruits of other people (the makers).


Mon, 04/18/2011 - 02:32 | 1179341 Burnbright
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Your reply is idiotic, let them buy things where their are not consumption taxes then, they still have to pay for shipping, and almost every country has a sales tax, so you're full of shit.

Rich people still have to buy stuff, you seem to think a consumption tax would benifit the rich more than the poor which is false. 

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 03:31 | 1179385 A Nanny Moose
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Listen Chief. All taxes are regressive.


Mon, 04/18/2011 - 03:36 | 1179389 A Nanny Moose
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IMNSHO, VAT is too subversive. People need to see how much they are paying in taxes in the cost of goods. I would go sales tax....maybe fair people see the costs on receipt.

I really don't care, I just want to cease doing the friggin' government's un-fscking-productive paper shuffle every April.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:24 | 1179177 crash_davis
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There are all kinds of ways to fix the tax system. Flat tax, fair tax, consumption tax, VAT tax. The problem is that the people who are doing the taxing don't want the tax system fixed. Giving away the tax loopholes and coorperate welfare are one of their big sources of power and influence and a major way to raise money for the re-election compaigns.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:25 | 1179180 IdioTsincracY
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Mon, 04/18/2011 - 01:14 | 1179258 JPG101
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Maybe the real problem is the for profit electoral system? Pay to rule always ends in the same way. Does the US have a democracy?

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 01:34 | 1179286 Buckaroo Banzai
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Please do not conflate a Flat Income Tax with a consumption tax.

Income taxes undermine liberty by turning wage earners into slaves.

Consumption taxes are more consistent with liberty because they are indirect taxes.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 02:07 | 1179323 SME MOFO
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ok we get your point. settle down now and go sit by that guy who keeps saying the banks don't have money before they issue loans.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 02:34 | 1179345 Burnbright
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Its not that they don't have money it is that their deposits don't change, big difference!


Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:30 | 1179184 Hacksaw
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Aw, let's all hold hands and shed a tear for the poor elites. They are so mistreated, I mean the top 20% only owned 93% of all financial wealth in 2007 and proceeded to do their best to destroy the American economy trying to get the other 7%.

I must be real a dolt for not realizing that jobs are created by rich bastards because they feel bad for us poor guys. I guess demand for products and services doesn't have anything to do with job creation. Yep, I'm just so glad that all these rich bastards are still around, if they did leave, all that demand for products and services would just go up in smoke I guess. Bwahahah

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:40 | 1179206 IdioTsincracY
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There is a lot of us that understand what is going on and how the game is rigged.

The others have been drinking the kool aid courtesy of the 'wealth-effect" (a.k.a. look a all that equity in your home.. yo're rich!).

Well that's no more ... soon enough they too will uderstand


Trickle-down, wealth-effect, my a$$!

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:49 | 1179223 Brother can you...
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I'm not sure if they'll ever figure it out. Life was too good when everyone thought they were in the top 10%. I was even sucked in a little. A cabin I own that I paid 125K for , was appraised at 300K at the peak of the boom. I was rich rich rich.... oh wait I never sold it and now it's worth 50K. damn

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 04:40 | 1179405 topcallingtroll
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Most of the top twenty percent are not in finance and had nothing to do with this.

I have to laugh at the.communists who justify stealing from me because they think somehow my hardwork and deferred consumption and gratification was somehow theft from them?

Pray tell how that restaurant and bar owner who worked his way into the top twenty percent in income is.somehow stealing from you and society?

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:16 | 1179508 Loose-Tools
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Oh, oh! Look out for those COMMUNISTS hiding in your bushes and underneath your bed. There might even be some hiding in your coat closet!

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:52 | 1179229 blunderdog
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There's one rather significant stumbling block with the whole "tax the poor" idea that we hear so much from the "radical right" and the loony libertarians.

They don't have any money.  That's what makes them poor. 

I'm all for a decent system of taxation.  I'd take virtually anything that is comprehensible and puts the preparers and shelter lawyers out of work.  But that "rich folks pay all the taxes" argument that's trotted out so frequently in the US is sadly feeble.  For sure if I were making a few hundred million a year, I'd be pretty happy with the current system.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 01:37 | 1179290 Buckaroo Banzai
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Did you ever think that instead of taxing anybody (rich or poor), we could simply reduce the size of the federal gov't by, say, 95%, i.e. to something like the size it was before the crimes of 1913?

So many of the closet Communists who post here seem to forget that an income tax destroys a free society by dynamiting the fundamental principles of Liberty. This isn't class war; this isn't "rich vs. poor"; rather the question is, are you for Liberty or against it?

This country was founded on the principles of Life, Liberty, and Property. That's why the constitution forbade direct taxes like the income tax or property tax, because they destroyed those principles.

Unfortunately, today we live in a world of Communism, where Liberty is hated, and "social justice" is praised. Washington, Jefferson, et. al. would be sickened by what they see today.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 01:53 | 1179308 blunderdog
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Yeah, back when I was in high school and had gone through a brief period of libertarian insanity, I thought of eliminating all taxes.

I grew up a bit since, learned something about how the world operates, that sort of thing.  If guys like you aren't terribly stupid, you're batshit crazy.

In your case, I'd lean more to the batshit crazy side, because I get the impression you're calling me a communist.  Heh.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 02:41 | 1179354 Burnbright
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But you are a communist by the logic of your argument. You guys kill me, you don't think it is ok if someone comes to your house and robs you at gun point but you think it is perfectly fine when 51% or greater people can decide if its ok to hire people to track how much everyone makes and force them to pay income taxes through intimidation and force. People like you don't like a lot of what the government does like go to war, increase the deficit, bail out banks etc... but then you turn around and basically say "well it's ok to tax 'rich' (I'll call them productive people since the truly evil rich people KNOW HOW TO AVOID TAXES) to justify raising taxes and still haven't realized they are really just fucking themselves in the end because the only people who pay taxes are LAW ABIDING citizens who either can't afford a tax haven scheme or feel it is their duty to pay taxes and assholes like you think all this is ok because "well if I am a poor fuck I'm going to make everyone else a poor fuck too!" 


You are fucked in the head.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 02:57 | 1179365 Moe Howard
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The crazy thing is you think no income tax means no taxes and then you accuse others of being as stupid as you were in high school. Not everyone thinks in left/right, black/white absolutes. Try wrapping your head around that.

No income taxes. Does that mean no taxes at all? Are YOU batshit crazy? Do you ever look at anything you pay? I am taxed on food, fuel, radio waves to my radio, tv waves to my tv, telephone, insurance on my car, insurance on my house, on and on and on. In fact, I am quite sure if I were to check closely, I could find that I am paying a tax on a tax at some point. It was only a year or two ago they found we were still paying a Federal tax on telephones to pay for the Spanish American War, and we had paid up already but they forgot to end the tax. Don't believe me? Look it up.

I hear the same thing from the leftists all the time. If you don't want a raise in property taxes to pay for the latest social experiment in the grade school [diversity coach for example] then you are against roads and bridges and a life saving drug for grandma, if you take social security or medicare you are a hypocrite. If you actually use the programs the socialists made you pay into all your life, then you have no right to speak out against any taxes or spending of any kind. That is what I hear all the time from people who fail to think like you on blogs and in the media. Saul would be proud of your lack of thought. Go back to high school and try to think beyond absolutes.  And no, I'm not on Medicare or Social Security. If there is anything there when or if I get there, I will take as much as I can because I want something back for the years of theft.

I'm glad you know something about how the world operates, now try learning how to think logically. By the way, if you talk like a duck, and think like a duck, and vote like a duck, guess what? You might as well be called a duck, right?

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 12:05 | 1180693 blunderdog
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Moe and burn, y'all aren't replying to what I'm saying.  You're shadowboxing shit in your own minds.

That's some kind of crazy.

Take a look at Buckaroo's posts.  *He* is the guy who advocates zero taxation.  I'm not making any leap--I'm reading his posts.

Meanwhile, you attribute to me some kind of plan to tax the rich, or increase government intervention in the economy, or whatever it is that's setting you off.  But if actually take a look at what I've written, you *should* be able to discern that none of that is actually there.  Crouching in a bunker ranting about communists went out of fashion in the 60s, guys!  Are you speed-freaks or what?

I know reading comprehension is an issue around here, but y'all are supposed to be the smart guys.

The leap from "simplify a system of taxation" to "communist" is about as sensible as my saying that because you guys oppose income taxes, you're terrorists.  Get a grip.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 09:00 | 1179767 IdioTsincracY
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You can always move to Somalia ... no real government there!



Mon, 04/18/2011 - 09:27 | 1179934 thedrickster
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Ding Ding Ding, we have a winner.

The scumbag, collectivist troll invokes Somalia.

Fuck off asshole, scram.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 11:18 | 1180506 Rick Masters
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You've been a member for all of 13 weeks and you are coming here and filing the board with bile and hatred. Why? You don't have the right to tell people to leave as you do to everyone you disagree with. I'm starting to think you're a troll sent here to pollute the board withhatred so people leave thereby killing ZH. I will no longer be repsongding to anything from you. I hope people realiz yoe are a troll. I don';t from where, but you are. I feel there are a lot of you recently since the new year. kill ZH patrons off one by one by disgusting them so the whole site falls apart.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 00:53 | 1179233 Bolweevil
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No taxation with fucked up representation.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 01:06 | 1179242 Spaceman Spiff
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I'd rather go with "Equal treatment under the law except when it is to stick to 'the Man'."


*The man= The rich, every level of the middle class, and the poor too stupid to see the effects of inflation

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 01:02 | 1179241 MurderNeverWasLove
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Fiat Fee to replace all taxes:  .49% on every transaction in USD, $2Q * .49% = $10 Trillion

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 01:08 | 1179247 Fiat Money
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"A lot of harm in the world has been done by intellectuals who started off with noble intentions but little understanding of how the real world operates."

  exactly - don't get carried away with Libertarian "FREE MARKETS!" perfection, Tyler.

    I don't care HOW you PRICE it,  people in a reasonably CIVILIZED society have a right to ACESS to FOOD, SHELTER, and minimum standards of health care.    If TPTB want to PRICE the above as some HUGE portion of the federal (govt) budget - so be it.    But the New Deal era - UNION SCALE WAGES and STRICT FINANCIAL OVERSIGHT - worked to power what historians (not little ol' me) have called "The AMERICAN CENTURY." 

  The interstate highway system, the Cold War conventional military, the Cold War  __vast nuclear arsenal__ including jets, missiles, aircraft carriers - Americans paid for ALL the above,  but now, in the GWOT era, we can't afford ANYTHING?     Look, I don't care how you slice-and-dice it, the wealthy are trying to LOOT Social Security... AS the Big Boys have waged a PUMP & DUMP  JIHAD, PLUS a  "FREE greenspan/bernanke TAKEOVER MONEY"  LBO buyout greed-fest at expense of PENSION FUNDS for past 3 decades.

  -  Oh - and the nuclear industry, the Big Finance industry (and real estate), AND the health care industry,  AND the auto industry (GM & Chrysler) -  are ALL WARDS OF THE STATE NOW - the wealthy investors, NOT the rank & file, got BAILED OUT.   

    I could go on and on, but DON'T CONFLATE  BAILOUTS for the wealthy, with "free markets" or with them paying taxes - WWII era,  I believe the upper income bracket was 80%+, and I believe Americans in that tax bracket did JUST FINE for the 4 post-war decades before the Big Biz REACTIONARIES completed their hostile LBO buyout of the late "Democratic" Party....

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 01:14 | 1179260 thedrickster
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"auto industry (GM & Chrysler) -  are ALL WARDS OF THE STATE NOW - the wealthy investors, NOT the rank & file, got BAILED OUT."

You might recall that with GM it was "wealthy investors" that got scalped in favor of the Messiah's MoTown base. Rule of law be damned.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 02:06 | 1179322 Buckaroo Banzai
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You need to get your definitions straightened out.

"Rights" are bestowed upon us by our Creator. A "right" by definition does not infringe on another "right".

You seem to think that people have a "right" to food, shelter, and health care. Unfortunately, that "right" will necessarily infringe on someone else's right to liberty, as things like healthcare and shelter are provided for through the hard work of others.

You seem to be awfully confused. Here's a nifty little video to help you sort things out:

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 03:22 | 1179381 Let them all fail
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Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Noone has the right to basic necessities, as you say, only the right to live in a society where those basic necessites can be purchased through hard work.  One is simply guaranteed the right to pursue their happiness through the ability to gain employment and earn a paycheck. In many countries this is not the case.  We are entitled to nothing except for the ability to pursue, without threat to one's life and liberty, whatever it is that will make you happy.

Does a homeless man have the right to live in a house? Of course not, and neither do I, but I have the right to help the homeless man if I choose, the government does not have the right to give my money to then homeless man (or poor man in the tax example). If people were not taxed so much then the natural free system of charity and goodwill would have an massively larger base of money from which to solicit donations, but our government gets in the way and messes up the process with much beaurocratic cost to boot.  One of many examples of how the free market would do a better job than the government does with our tax money.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 10:20 | 1180246 InconvenientCou...
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God rewards those that deserve it; i.e. white people that go to my church.

He also kills all deviants, infidels, and heretics and imbeciles. oops.


Mon, 04/18/2011 - 03:05 | 1179373 linrom
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One of the better comments I read on ZH.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 05:18 | 1179428 JPG101
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5+ Fiat Money

Buckaroo and Dick guy: you guys are just nuts. Sorry but you are not reality based. Some mix of political relifion and god based stuff? Seek help.


Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:51 | 1179569 thedrickster
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What part of my post was untrue? The bondholders were fucked in the ass by Barry in order to bailout the UAW.


Mon, 04/18/2011 - 16:23 | 1181684 JPG101
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You are vulgar and insulting. Why? Does it make you feel superior? The one who is the crudest and most insulting is right?

Your type are the ones who destroy dialogue we so desperately need in America. I will no longer respond to your venomous rants.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 01:12 | 1179254 PulauHantu29
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Democracy’s most insidious enemy is the gradual devolution into the tyranny of the majority where 51% of the populace can vote again and again to empty the pockets of the other 49%.

Interesting way of putting it....mmmmmm.

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