Originally Posted by BR
Why does the percentage have to be equal? How about the hardship it imposes on those that pay? Assume a 10% flat tax for instance (just to make the numbers pretty). For someone living paycheck to paycheck on $20,000 a year, parting with that $2,000 really hurts. That could be the difference between paying rent, falling behind on utilities, or eating. For someone making $2,000,000, does $200,000 leaving his pocket really cause the same hardship? Is he going to go hungry? Is he going to go uninsured? Fuck, at 30%, with 1.4 million left over, is he really feeling all that much pain? Even at 50%, this person never has to worry about not having the very basic essentials of living.
Why do the vocal right consider taxes theft? Why not as a big fucking thank you to the society that allows them to be obscenely wealthy beyond 90% of population's wildest dreams?
The strange thing about this reasoning is how it assumes those earning more don't have a reason to earn it, a need to spend it, or lastly a need to save.
What size house does the guy making that $2 million own and what do you think the property taxes are on it compared to the (likely) apartment the $20,000 a year guy uses?
What sort of taxes on dividend income, interest, stock price gains, etc does the $2 million a year go pay when investing his excess income compared to the $20,000 a year person?
How many extra services does the $2 mil a year guy use that keep people employed versus the 20k a year guy?
When I was a student earning $7-10k a year, I didn't pay property taxes for a single family home. I didn't hire a lawn and pool service. I didn't own multiple vehicles, travel trailers, recreational vehicles, etc that I paid registrations on every year. I didn't have a stock portfolio.
This bullshit reasoning makes it sound like the same two guys are sitting in their apartment tonight and the only differences are where they might order the pizza or whether they got the bigger screen and HD on their PS3. It is naive and lame reasoning and clearly comes from and is supported by those who haven't had to build a life for themselves yet.
Those who are perpetual adolescents never understand why there isn't a Daddy to keep opening a wallet for them. When they grow up, it becomes their wallet being opened and when they have spouses and off-spring that they want to see get ahead, they won't want the government taking food out of their mouths to give to someone else without good cause or better yet, a share of the communal return.