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View Poll Results: How should U.S. citizens be taxed?
Flat percentage rate 20 27.78%
Income based percentage brackets 20 27.78%
Spending based 18 25.00%
A combination of these methods 8 11.11%
Other 6 8.33%
Voters: 72. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-07-2007, 09:17 AM
 
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Point taken Greg and sadly enough, no I have not so I guess I can't say much.
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Old 11-07-2007, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Try it. You will likely be surprised at how attentive they can be. Some actually like to hear from constituents instead of lobbyists. My congress critter, Carolyn Shea-Porter has responded with form letters at least.
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Old 11-07-2007, 09:27 AM
 
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I'm not really into politics so it never really dawned on my to be an activist. With such an important election coming up though, I guess I should "walk the walk" and not "talk the talk", eh?
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Old 11-07-2007, 10:44 AM
 
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Income tax is a total sham and does not fund the government.

Nevertheless, I can't imagine our nation doing away with it. They need the starving huddled masses contained, controlled and nipping at one another.

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If our free market is so great, why do we continue to have such a huge gap between rich and poor. Why has the poverty rate increased since the Bush tax cuts. Why when compared with other industrialized countries in terms of economic mobility (the ability to jump up in terms of income bracket) we so often rank near the bottom?

The only real solution to make America a land where all are created equal is the use of government as an equalizer.
Government doesn't equalize people. Politics does. An answer to your question can be found here (broken link).
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Old 11-11-2007, 10:53 PM
 
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We can keep it as complicated as it is - bottom line is that the rich will always be able to build in tax loop holes, leaving the middle class to pay the taxes for all.
In my opinion 15% of my income represents as much to me as 15% of your income does to you. Last time I figured my taxes after all the ducking and diving it seems it came out to about 15% of my gross income. Plus, I had to pay a tax accountant to do my complicated taxes! To me a flat tax would net the most for the government AND me.
15% for a person making 30,000 a year is 4,500, that could cover food or a few months of rent or housing payments.

15% of $100,000 is 15 grand they still make 85K and they aren't starving, they might have to wait a year before buying a shiny new car.

What about someone making 200K a year or a million a year? They really should only pay 15%? Then they're gonna give all that money they saved on taxes to charities or hire more workers? Thats the trickle down economics that everyone believes in right?

That was the idea behind the Bush tax cuts of '01 and '03 and amazingly our poverty rate has increased . That was the idea behind the dividends tax cut so people with money could make more money of of that which they invest. Yet still the poverty rate has increased .?
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Old 11-12-2007, 07:13 AM
 
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good point, odinloki1.

I believe that a straight 15, no loopholes would still get the top 1% paying more than they do now. I could be wrong, and haven't researched the data. I could also agree with 15% for one bracket and 20-25% for a higher one.
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