Forbes magazine recently had an article on millionaires who want to pay
According to Forbes, apparently the IRS has something set up so that people
who want to pay more tax than they need to may do so. The problem? just
about everybody who actually contributes makes less than $25,000 per year.
Almost no millionaires in the list of actual contributors.
The last time I checked, you can send the IRS a check at anytime you
want if you feel you're not paying enough.
It's real simple, if these so called *people* that say they don't pay
enough simply changed the amounts they write off, they could easily pay
But as you said, *none* have stepped up and actually done it and that
I'm reminded of what Solomon said to his father (King David) when his father
asked: "Are you still putting stumbling blocks in the path of the blind?"
Solomon said: "Duh! It wouldn't work to put stumbling blocks in front of
people who could actually SEE them, would it?"
And while I have your attention, Harry, one blogger suggested the root cause
of the riots in the UK.
"... lack of incoming fire" was his hypothesis.
Americans give more money to charity than any other people on the planet
you idiot. You will find people like me who have little will help out a
neighbor or anyone they can if we see a need. What a jerk you are!
There IS a difference between (most) governments and the rest of society
(families, charitable organizations, etc.).
Non-government budgeters estimate revenues and adjust spending to match. The
federal government, and most states, estimate expenses and adjust revenue
accordingly, through tax increases or borrowing.
I just heard that the federal deficit has hit $1 trillion already with two
months to go in the fiscal year. This is the third year in a row where the
deficit has exceeded one trillion dollars.
Buffett is an outlier anyway. He owns the place and has the ability to
structure his pay anyway he wants to and he chooses to get most of it
through dividends and other tax advantaged methods. Why I take little
notice of his comparison to his secretary. Very few people can do what
he does with his pay.
People thought cybersex was a safe alternative,
until patients started presenting with sexually
Duh! Almost always someone becomes a millionaire because he's smarter than
your average rabbit. Smart people don't give their money to people who will
just use it to buy beer, crack, a motorcycle, or fritter it away (I count
the federal government in one of those groups).
Another interesting angle to think about. The top 5% of income
earners pay about 60% of the total income tax collected. While the
bottom 50% of income earners pay only 2% of the income tax.
If you want to start playing the class warfare game, seems to me
a case could be made that the taxes should instead
be raised on those making lower incomes.
Almost all businesses require both management and workers.
Nothing wrong with management being paid well,
but I fail to see how that makes it a requirement that the workers
Lately scientific progress has made it possible for almost all of us
to live well. As a bonus, society works better that way.
On Wed, 10 Aug 2011 14:37:10 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I would argue that those who are destitute are not the workers. They
are the ones who by chance or choice are not working and therefore,
paying no taxes. Those are the ones putting the burden on those that
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