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Dan, I am sorry you feel that coming from me. Not intentional I assure you. I have nothing against you that I know of :)
Yes, I would support a flat tax with no deductions for anyone or anything. All income treated the same regardless of source. That would go a long ways towards correcting some of the imbalance in the current system.
Dan, It is Mark's contention that he should not have to pay anymore for the Gov't services that he uses than the family that makes less money. He completely rejects any concept that he was able to create a successful business because of the infrastructure that is provided by our country in things like roads/bridges, education for employees or the police/fire protection that all of us receive.
In short, he just wants to keep everything he thinks he has earned and gives no credence to the environment that we all contribute to. That environment allows everyone to compete based on their skills and gives opportunity to all. The cost for that stable society is paid for with taxes. Bottom line is the tax system that charges a percentage of income is fair and has always been so. Mark is the perfect example of a taker who considers himself a maker.
In reference to the 47%, that is complete and total BS. Each and everyone of those individuals they refer to work at minimum wage jobs or in a low paying sector and as such they contribute almost 10% of every dollar earned to FICA/Medicare. If the Govt' considers that as part of the general fund, then how can anyone say they pay no taxes?
Dan,did you read the Mark Hartless letter titled "Fairness in Groceries"? If not, please review and my comment will make more sense.
Just like every single other person that lives in these United States,
So, let me clarify here. You believe that you use the same basket of Gov't services as everyone else. Therefore your $300,000 in income should not be taxed any higher than the family down the street that only made $50,000. You do understand that x% of 300,000 is a higher dollar amount than x% of $100,000 or x% of $50,000 right?
You fail basic math and call me an imbecile. Rich indeed :)
Have a Merry Christmas and enjoy the largess that living in this country helped you earn.
PS. no where in your little letter to the editor was it labeled or referred to as an analogy. Just like your complaints when United charged you extra to change your flight. Seems to me that you just want better cards than life gave you and anything/anyone that does not agree with you is automatically "Dumb as Rock"
Just because my worldview does not agree with yours does not automatically mean that it is not well-informed. Here we are arguing for several years now, and I still fail to see any of your predictions of doom and gloom coming true. Guess I am just brainwashed right?
Perhaps you would be so kind as to enlighten us. How exactly are the decisions of a private company (grocery store, United Airlines) related to the Gubbamint you so despise? Inquiring minds would like to know.
Poor Mark, picked on because he has to pay his fair share.
I guarantee that there is a wage rate for seasonal bus drivers that would encourage even the most hard core pot smoker to go straight for at least the driving season. Pot is not the problem here, this issue lies directly at the feet of cost savings and inadequate management. There are many commercial drivers in this town, and those operations do not seem to be affected by the MJ issues. Just look at Jerry's comment above: He quit driving the bus because he got a better job with more hours, better benefits and higher pay. Go Figure right!
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