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Old 02-25-2009, 01:18 PM
Location: Flatlands of Indiana (Mishawaka)
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Originally Posted by Minervah View Post
I heard someone on the radio call beer, alchohol and cigarettes taxes "sin tax." I guess the more you "sin" the more tax you have to pay. Since there are so many "sinners" out there, these taxes must generate a lot of money.

I have heard the same thing about those taxes category. Talk about hitting below the belt with names. I suppose next will come the obligatory condemnation to all who smoke or drink.

Ouch! I hate the idea of being a sinner, but I do like my suds! I guess I will have to start brewing my own beer . But seriously, I think they could of found a better name. Oh Well, what ya gonna do. Taxes....

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Old 02-25-2009, 07:05 PM
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Originally Posted by backdrifter View Post
California is way worse from a tax situation. I mean, we don't even have a sales tax in Oregon. They have both an income tax and sales tax AND they still had a huge budget shortfall. What's the deal with that?

And social services (a safety net) are a good thing. Cases in point... Norway, Sweden, Denmark. Some of the most livable places in the world and they have excellent social services and high taxes. Taxes aren't necessarily a bad thing.
European Countries have very high VAT taxes... they also have very low property taxes compared to the United States... at least that is what I leaned working in Germany and Austria.

No one seems to fear loosing their home due to property taxes and many homes are handed down from one generation to the next... some for hundreds of years...
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