then you get sweden. when i lived there my tax rate was 80%. it was a very
large disincentive to do any extra work, as the last $ was taxed at the
highest rate. overtime was simply not done, by anyone, and you didn't want
to stand in the doorway at quiting time.
a friend of mine who was a licensed paramedic in the US was there and tried
to volunteer to help the local emt's in their training. he wasn't allowed
because the unions didn't allow the concept of volunteers, and they weren't
going to pay him.
My wife just sent me this (a little dated, but still relevant)...
The next time you hear a politician use the
Word 'billion' in a casual manner, think about
Whether you want the 'politicians' spending
YOUR tax money.
A billion is a difficult number to comprehend,
But one advertising agency did a good job of
Putting that figure into some perspective in
One of its releases..
A. A billion seconds ago it was 1959.
B. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.
C. A billion hours ago our ancestors were
living in the Stone Age.
D. A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.
E. A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes,
at the rate our government is spending it.
While this thought is still fresh in our brain...
let's take a look at New Orleans ..
It's amazing what you can learn with some simple division.
Mary Landrieu (D)
Is presently asking Congress for 250 BILLION DOLLARS
To rebuild New Orleans . Interesting number...
What does it mean?
A. Well ... If you are one of the 484,674 residents of New
(every man, woman, and child) You each get $516,528.
B. Or... If you have one of the 188,251 homes in
New Orleans , your home gets $1,329,787.
C. Or... If you are a family of four...
Your family gets $2,066,012.
Washington , D. C
HELLO! Are all your calculators broken??
Building Permit Tax
CDL License Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax (Fed)
Federal Unemployment Tax (FU TA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Hunting License Tax
IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Marriage License Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service charge taxes
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax (Truckers)
Recreational Vehicle Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone20Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Tax
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Vehicle License Registration T ax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
(And to think, we left British Rule to avoid so many taxes)
STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago...
And our nation was the most prosperous in the world.
We had absolutely no national debt...
We had the largest middle class in the world...
And Mom stayed home to raise the kids.
Can you spell 'politicians!'
And I still have to
I hope this goes around the U S A
At least 100 times
What the heck happened?????
Another useful comparison: the difference between a million and a billion is
the difference between giving me a sip of wine and 30 seconds with your
daughter -- or a bottle of gin, and all night with her. [from xkcd.com]
Nope, it was us. Example...
POLITICIAN: We want to amend the constitution so we can tax income. That
way, we can do more good stuff for you.
VOTER: I don't want more taxes.
POLITICIAN: Oh, don't worry, it isn't going to affect *you*, just an eensy,
weensy, tiny percentage of the really, really rich people.
VOTER: Oh, OK. I don't mind you ripping off the fatcats as long as *I* get
Yeah, makes one wish the previous administration hadn't committed
two-trillion-plus (the Congressional Budget Office says that will be the
cost once the interest on that debt is paid) to invading and occupying
Iraq--those fictional WMDs have turned out to be awful expensive.
In 1950, the top marginal tax rate was 90%. For those that pine for
the 50's and 60's, and wonder how the moon program and the interstate
highway system were paid for, that's how.
That rate existed from the depression to the 80's ranging from 70 to 95%
(high end during war times).
Is it no wonder that with two wars and bush's tax cuts, we've a record
deficit (not to mention a bad recession).
It's not the tax cuts. Every time, every single time, that taxes have been
cut, government revenue goes up.
We conservatives believe that if we could ever get the tax rate to zero, the
government would have infinite money. Also that tax cuts cure cander and bee
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