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View Poll Results: How would you rate New Jersey roads overall?
A - Excellent 2 4.35%
B - Good 13 28.26%
C - OK 19 41.30%
D - Poor 7 15.22%
F - Terrible 5 10.87%
Voters: 46. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-30-2012, 11:33 AM
 
Location: West Orange, NJ
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For all of the folks who gripe constantly about the supposedly high taxes in the US, the reality is that they haven't got a clue regarding this issue. Not only are effective tax rates in the US lower than they have been for over 50 years, they pale by comparison with most other developed nations when measured as a percentage of the GDP.

Take a look at the comparative bar graph and see how we stack up with other developed nations in terms of our actual tax burden:

How do US taxes compare internationally?
here's another good one, from today:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/30/us...n-the-80s.html
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Holmdel, NJ
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im overall very happy with the roads i travel. i see im the only one that gave them an A.
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Holmdel, NJ
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For all of the folks who gripe constantly about the supposedly high taxes in the US, the reality is that they haven't got a clue regarding this issue. Not only are effective tax rates in the US lower than they have been for over 50 years, they pale by comparison with most other developed nations when measured as a percentage of the GDP.

Take a look at the comparative bar graph and see how we stack up with other developed nations in terms of our actual tax burden:

How do US taxes compare internationally?
you have a link for the effective tax rates currently vs the past 50 years?
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:41 PM
 
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you have a link for the effective tax rates currently vs the past 50 years?

This should provide much of the information that you wanted:
Federal Income Taxes on Middle-Income Families Remain Near Historic Lows — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

What you may not have wanted to know is that the highest effective tax rates for the middle class were during the Reagan administration.
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:01 PM
 
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This should provide much of the information that you wanted:
Federal Income Taxes on Middle-Income Families Remain Near Historic Lows — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

What you may not have wanted to know is that the highest effective tax rates for the middle class were during the Reagan administration.
According to your chart, they hit their peak in 1981 -- the year Reagan was inaugurated. That chart is pretty useless for a NJ family, though, as what is "middle income" nationwide is "working poor" here thanks to the high cost of living.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:20 PM
 
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Why are roads in Sweden and Germany 100% smooth with no potholes at all, especially in Sweden where they have heavier winters, while here in NJ and NY they are worse?
When did you live there?
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:28 PM
 
Location: New York metropolitan area
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When did you live there?
I did not live there; I visited several times and travel throughout both nations.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:32 PM
 
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here's another good one, from today:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/30/us...n-the-80s.html
From the article: In a half-dozen states, including Connecticut, Florida and New Jersey, the increases were large enough to offset the federal savings for most households, not just the poorer ones.

I'll complain if I want to.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:42 PM
 
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I did not live there; I visited several times and travel throughout both nations.
I lived there in the 80's and there were some serious potholes.

*Not that many but, man, they were jaw breakers.
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Old 12-23-2014, 05:03 PM
 
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I generally think NJ roads are fine. Especially for the amount they are travelled.
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