Storm Bear

How much taxation is too much?

Filed By Storm Bear | April 15, 2008 8:55 AM | comments

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I keep hearing the GOP and their hand-wringers waxing poetic about tax cuts. One of Rush Limbaugh's fav tricks is asking alleged liberals about tax increases. "If 5% is good why not 10% or 20%?" What if you were to reverse Limbaugh's rhetoric - if a 28% tax rate is good, why not 20% or 10%> How about 0%?!

Both arguments are idiotic because it cost money to run a nation. It takes a whole bunch of money to run a superpower. I have started asking GOPers if they are willing to dump America's superpower status for lower taxes? Are they willing to dump 95% of military spending? Are they willing to dump publicly funded schools and colleges, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid? How about halting all new road and rail construction? Nope. They have a fantasy about how you can cut taxes to nothing and somehow your bills get paid.

There are other obstacles to lower taxes and that is the military industrial complex. They have their hand so far up Government's ass that our elected officials can't seem to lower our defense spending. But with all problems, there are solutions. The first being taking civil rights away from companies and outright banning lobbyists. If the courage for that is missing, work with MIC and change military spending to something that pushes humanity forward, spurs job growth and keeps the military industrial complex happy with contracts. One idea is to swap our defense spending with things like green energy development, space exploration, etc. These large scale projects require large sums of cash, but help people in other ways - ways that invading Iraq does not.

It is not a total solution to our governmental spending problems and taxation, but it is one small part.

Frankly, I would rather go to Mars than Iran - and Mars would be a whole lot cheaper.

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Isn't part of being a conservative Republican that whole "I will not make sense for the rest of my life" pledge?

Storm, I couldn't have said it better myself. If I earn $0, then I have $0 to pay my bills. It's simple math. I don't like paying taxes any more than I like getting a bikini wax, but some things are just a necessary part of living.

I love it when they make stupid arguments like "why not just tax 100%???" Um, because then people couldn't live and the gov't doesn't need that much money. It the same thing as "why not raise the minimum wage to $100/hour? Isn't that better???"

I think I have to stop assuming they're playing dumb with these exaggerations and just realize that they are dumb about money. They've never had to worry about having enough money to eat, etc., so they think that there's no difference between requiring that people are paid a living wage vs. requiring that they get paid something ridiculously high.

Then again, Rush couldn't live his lifestyle if he wasn't raking in his millions. Why don't we just create a Rush Limbaugh tax at 98%? He was in favor of that other person-specific leg Congress passed several years ago for Terri Schiavo, so I don't see why we can't extend the logic that Congress can pick on individuals and just have them pick people to lose all their money.