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Old 02-09-2015, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Midwest
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I have seen plenty of comments about what our taxes Federal/State/Local should NOT pay for.

In your opinion, what should our taxes go toward?
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Lost in Texas
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Exactly what is spelled out in the Constitution. Nothing more and nothing less. All the rest of this crap should be the states authority.
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Midwest
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Exactly what is spelled out in the Constitution. Nothing more and nothing less. All the rest of this crap should be the states authority.

Can you be more specific about exactly what is spelled out in the constitution? Consider your answer as educating the public.
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:15 AM
 
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It depends upon the tax.

I think gas taxes should pay for roads.

I think we should have taxes for K - 12 education.

I think we should fund a DEFENSIVE military.

I like having firefighters and cops.

I like paying for the CDC.

There are a whole bunch of things I think should be paid for with taxes.

This is just too broad.
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:16 AM
 
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Per OP question - securing, protecting, defending the natural individual rights of the citizens, or those things that are rights/powers an individual legally possesses, but chooses to delegate to the government, so long as it benefits every citizen equally and harms no citizen in the process. For example, we have the natural individual right to self-defense, and can this delegate that right on the state and national scale to state and national military forces. The military defends all Americans equally because they defend the nation as a whole, and we can agree to delegate our own self-defense to an entity better skilled/equipped to do it.

Kept to that set of standards, roughly 80% of what the government does is useless, criminal, tyranny, etc.
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Austin
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Our taxes pay for whatever the politicians WE ELECT say they pay for. Voters are to blame if we don't like the results. As an electorate, we is stupid.......
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Iowa, USA
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“The Congress shall have Power to lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States”

This is what the constitution says. For more information, look to Article I section 8 of the constitution. It's pretty straight forward. To provide for what's best for the country. It's vague enough that other things could be done that aren't specifically stated, but it makes clear that some things should not be tax funded (at the very least, but he federal government).

As a general rule, maintaining the military (to a reasonable extent, which we have far exceeded), infrastructure, and certain social programs is something tax dollars can go to.
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:31 AM
 
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Get rid of foreign aid...or re-evaluate it...

From 2012...

United States foreign aid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Clermont Fl
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No single individual or Company should benefit from taxes.
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Midwest
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Our taxes pay for whatever the politicians WE ELECT say they pay for. Voters are to blame if we don't like the results. As an electorate, we is stupid.......
True. However, for example, who would have guessed that candidate for governor, Scott Walker, would increase state spending on Medicaid!

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As Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker touts his budget's ability to hold the line on state expenses, one area continues its steady increase of recent years: Health services — specifically Medicaid.
The biggest cause of a two-year, $1 billion increase in Walker's budget appropriations is $663 million in mostly Medicaid-related increases for the state Department of Health Services.
Walker proposes increasing the health services budget by nearly $263 million in fiscal 2016 and by another $136.8 million in fiscal 2017.
Gov. Scott Walker's budget includes $663 million hike in Medicaid spending - Milwaukee - Milwaukee Business Journal
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