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  • #7
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    This article by Hamilton Nolan is a perfect example of the flaws in Liberal thinking.

    He acknowledges in the first paragraph that taxing incomes over $1.2 M/yr at a tax rate of 75% will chase the rich abroad... but in the second paragraph he calls for a 99% tax of incomes over $5 M.

    He seems to think that between 1.2 million and 5 million, the "avarice of the rich" is sated and they won't escape with their money from a tax scheme that is designed to punish success.
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    The more of the rich people who leave the more the liberal establishment politicians are going to raise the taxes on the rest of us. This will make more people poor and will eventually eliminate the middle class altogether. This is a process that has been going on for years. When this happens we will not have the means or time to defend liberty. Which is also part their plan.
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    I think you may be right Lone Ranger. One of the easiest explanations for what the Obama Administration has done to our economy. 1/3 seems to be a popular fraction right now.

    Welfare State: Handouts Make Up One-Third of U.S. Wages
    http://www.cnbc.com/id/41969508/Welfare_State...

    Over 100 Million Now Receiving Federal Welfare
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/over-100-...

    IOW-- 1/3 of Americans are on some form of Federal Assistance.

    My guess is that 1/3 is not enough. My guess is the goal is to get that ratio up over 1/2.

    @Iron-- Thx for the tip on the great conversation. I was real busy yesterday and tired so I hadn't given the comments from yesterday's stories their due attention. Thx again :)
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    I wonder if Oprah would be OK with her income being taxed at 99%? Or Bill Gates, or Warren Buffet, or a large portion of Congress?..... I say to everybody who advocates higher taxes, there is an IRS form you can fill out to make any monetary gift to the Government. Also every one of these people can just take the standard deduction on their 1040 and pay more taxes.....But they won't.....They want the OTHER GUY to pay, not them.
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    "Translation for Dummies" - Should people who perform better than you be punished so that you don't have to be jealous of their success?
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    Another possible translation - Should people who perform better be punished because a segment of the population thinks they're entitled to a part of that person's income?
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    I second Iron in his approval.

    @Iron. Stop worrying about typing errors unless they the reader can't tell what you meant. The only time I worry about spelling syntax is if it changes the meaning. IOW- You're being too hard on yourself buddy :)
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  • #29
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    I thought April's Fool was in April? Oh! It's a real article about this...
    What a great IDEA!!! why bother striving to progress and compete, we can all work in exchange for magic muffins!
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    Perhaps the author of this piece missed all the news stories yesterday about the wealthy, well-known French citizens who are leaving France to avoid this tax? Limiting income here will result in the same exodus, thereby limiting tax revenues. The more greedy governments grab for other people's money, the more those peole find a way to avoid tax increases. This includes the politicians themselves who have quietly told their personal accountants to take every tax break they can. Human nature cannot be changed.
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    oh yeah, just wait till tomorrow. i have every confidence in this world, that this stupidity today can be out done tomorrow.
  • #43
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    Why stop there? We should also have limits on how big a house you can have, how fancy a car you can drive, how much food you can eat at one time, and how many clothes you can have in your closet. After all it's not fair that some people should get to enjoy excessive amounts of those things while others have little. Then we'll have a perfect society where everyone is happy because no one will ever feel resentful of someone else who worked harder and achieved more. And we can change the mascot of our country from "Uncle Sam" to "Harrison Bergeron".
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    You're right. We should start taking cues from those living here illegally. Why should single-family residences be used to house just one family? After all, personal-space and comfort are overrated. Every individual should seek entitlements of some sort because those entitlements are AVAILABLE, not simply due to the fact that they need them. We need to start thinking of food stamps as coupons, and free healthcare as a right. Also, you shouldn't be required to be licensed-and-insured to drive unless you can afford to do so.
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    What in the hell is this all about? A person has the RIGHT to achieve the level of success they are capable of...and to receive the pay they are offered. And to start a business and earn the amount of wealth it brings them. It is absolutely sickening how some idealogs want to force Socialism upon the rest of us.
    No one has a RIGHT to share what another person earns. That will take away the freedom of each person to seek and achieve success at the level he/she has EARNED.
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    I have mixed feelings on this. On one hand, it will just drive more businesses overseas. So if the fat cats won't get rich here, they will go where they can. On the same token, maybe government and municipal salaries should be capped at about $100-150k. While teachers are griping about how little they are getting, which I think may be over-exaggerated, there are superintendents getting up to $600k. While leadership for the schools and teachers is important, I must ask what supers do for education itself. In the old days, schools were completely independent. As for maintaining order, a paddle worked nicely for the most part. So why not just cap the money of the admins and spread it out evenly among the good teachers? Or why not keep the salaries they have now, but the rest of the money goes to incentives for the teachers and merit-based pay (with adjustments made depending on the type of students, where teachers who have to deal with disabled or disruptive students getting paid more).

    As for private industry, why interfere? If anything, we should reduce regulations on large businesses so they can afford to keep jobs here. They are only going to make customers absorb losses and hire where it is cheapest to do so.
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    I can see why you have mixed feeling Fuschia. Wage/earnings ceilings are a bad idea in "open systems." What I mean by "open system" is a system that is open to outside competition. You understand this completely with regards to private industry and how US business owners have to compete with business owners in other countries. But you aren't seeing how our public sector exists in an "open system" too.

    The NFL is a perfect example of a "closed system." There are no competitors outside of the NFL for players. There are other leagues but non of them are able to pay anywhere close to what NFL team owners are willing to pay to get players within the closed system of competition that the NFL is. Salary caps work.

    I understand how you differentiate between public and private in your head. I'm guilty of falling for that trap too, but the reality is that school districts exist in an open system. Government, especially state and local governments, are in an open system too since they have to compete with the private sector for the best and brightest. My guess is that superintendents of small school districts aren't making anywhere near $600k. But I can't begrudge a large city school system for offering what they feel is needed to get the best qualified person to accept the position. Additionally, someone qualified to run a large school district would also be suited to comparable management positions throughout the private sector.
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    Bobolinsky, you certainly have good points, though hinting that someone is "falling into a trap" as bad form, as is implying that anyone has flaws when they merely have a different opinion. But I like chatting with you on here because you do help me to look at things from other angles. I am not sure the types of teachers attracted to the public school system are the types the private systems would hire. It almost takes a different breed of person. I don't consider that real competition because public schools must take anyone, whereas private schools only take those willing to pay and who can abide by the rules and pressures. A ghetto kid who wants to bust a cap in the teacher likely won't be in a private school.

    I really think the public school system needs to be scrapped and started over, with the feds butting out for the most part. As for superintendents, the one here is among the top-paid in the nation, and while the next city over with the county seat is pretty big, it is not the biggest in the nation, and neither of the cities in this county are particularly dangerous.
  • #44
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    I apologize if you took my "trap" comment in a way I didn't intend. I fall into them too and I try to avoid them when forming opinions. It's just that I like to point out when others have done so, and describing it as a trap is a good way to get people to perk up :) So I apologize for the misunderstanding. I'll take it into consideration and only use it when I don;t care if I offend. I don't want to offend you. Here's why...

    "But I like chatting with you on here because you do help me to look at things from other angles."

    Thank you. That's what I'm hoping to accomplish on this site. You just gave me confirmation that my work has been worth it.

    I'm asking you to consider another angle with regards to teachers. Public schools don;t need to compete with private schools for teachers. They have to compete with employers that could use the various skills that teachers also have.

    The saying goes that, "Those who can't 'do'...'teach'."

    I don;t believe that's true. My mother proved that to me. Plenty of people decide on teaching for personal reasons unrelated to money. I applaud that and encourage it. There are teachers in both private and public schools who teach because that's what they want to do. I'm talking about the people who would be great teachers but also great engineers, entrepreneurs, or any of the other fields that appeal to them as well. If we want some of them to decide on teaching, it has to be worth it and the same goes for superintendents.

    It's odd to me to be taking the position that governments should be able to offer competitive salaries to public sector employees but I am because it's true.

    And you and I are in complete agreement that a lot of school districts could stand to be leveled and rebuilt from scratch. I put most of the blame on the teacher's unions. It was the teachers unions that were opposed to Scott Walker in Wisconsin the most. But the result of Scott Walker's actions led to fewer teachers having to be laid off and local governments being able to make budget. The state of Wisconsin also had to lay off fewer workers while also balancing its budget. Wisconsinites approved of Scott Walker overwhelmingly in the recall election and the only people who lost out were the teacher's union bosses who lost power.

    Sorry I ran so long. It just sorta poured out. If you got this far, Thanks for reading it... If not? I don;t blame you ;)
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    Ridiculous. Are we trying to force the wealth of the nation to go abroad? I see the ranks of ex-pats swelling soon of this is the case.
  • #63
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    Past a certain point where you could retire and live off the money the rest of your life even at the most luxurious why care about making more money?
    Let's not grandfather the billionaires we already have though that just wouldn't be fair. We should also have maximum net worth so we can benefit from the billionaires' money.
  • #57
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    Of course no one is in favor of an income limit. However I'm amazed no one sees the deeper purpose of this article. The real question is should be should there be a limit on how poor someone can be in this country?
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