Jeff, "Well, sort of. They raised taxes on people making over...what is it, 450k? I'm not crying for them."., really are you so jealous of success that you wish ill of those achieving success?
Nope. I'm just aware that they are far more capable of paying for the debts they have incurred via their election of politicians unwilling to make spending cuts than those who make less.
I make good money. I am not complaining about the increase in my taxes. The accusation that I am motivated by jealousy is insulting.
Those evil, dirty, no-good, high-achieving rich people are already paying around 40% of the total US tax
Well, no, they're not.
have you hired anyone lately?
Yes. Every day I hire someone. We've had this discussion before, Bob. The middle class does the hiring in the US, far more than the rich.
I never hear the taxpayers yelling we need to eliminate all the exemptions and deductions in the tax code as a means to increase revenue, it's always "let's get the other guy, but not me".
Shockingly, I believe I just said what you said never happens.
We need a flat tax, no exemptions, no deductions and no excuses before we can start serious talks about the need, if any, to raise more tax on Everyone.
I disagree. Taxing someone making $18,000 a year the same rate you tax someone making $180,000 a year is fundamentally unjust. It could prevent the former person from EATING or having a roof over their head. It prevents the latter from taking a vacation in the Bahamas and instead they have to take a vacation in Miami.
I'm all for reducing medicare and Social Security, we can start by raising the eligibility age to 70; we can stop paying $4,000 for $1,000 motorized scooters and similar scams; we can stop covering anyone and anything not covered by the original plans as voted on and approved and we can force the government to return all the money it stole from those programs, with interest.
Good starts, I concur. Eliminate the cap on Social Security, and means test those who receive it but don't need it. Bill Gates don't need no social security.
But we're still left with about $1.2t to cut.