Poll: Which one would you rather?
Tax the rich.
Cut spending.
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16-04-2012, 02:54 PM
Which would you rather?
Would you rather the federal government tax the rich at higher rates or cut spending to the exact dollar amount that tax rates would raise? Why?

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16-04-2012, 03:34 PM
RE: Which would you rather?
I live in a country where the rich already pay 50%.

I think they're paying enough already.

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16-04-2012, 03:41 PM
RE: Which would you rather?
Why can't we do both?
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16-04-2012, 03:45 PM
RE: Which would you rather?
It's not an "either/or".

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16-04-2012, 03:49 PM
RE: Which would you rather?
(16-04-2012 03:41 PM)SaviourSelf Wrote:  Why can't we do both?
We can. But for the purposes of this poll I'd like to know, if you had the choice to cut spending or raise taxes on the rich and both had the same economic effect which would you rather? For those not from the US try and base your opinion on our current economic status.

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16-04-2012, 03:54 PM
RE: Which would you rather?
If I was American I would tax the rich more.

When Mitt Romney was accused of fiddling his taxes his defence was that he'd paid about 14% over the last few years. I thought he can fuck off, I pay more than that working part time in a supermarket Angry !

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16-04-2012, 03:56 PM
RE: Which would you rather?
I can't answer that, because IMO one without the other is useless.

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16-04-2012, 04:01 PM (This post was last modified: 16-04-2012 04:12 PM by germanyt.)
RE: Which would you rather?
(16-04-2012 03:56 PM)Dom Wrote:  I can't answer that, because IMO one without the other is useless.
I agree if you mean taxing the rich is useless without cutting spending. Why take in more revenue just to spend it on bullshit?


(16-04-2012 03:54 PM)Hughsie Wrote:  If I was American I would tax the rich more.

When Mitt Romney was accused of fiddling his taxes his defence was that he'd paid about 14% over the last few years. I thought he can fuck off, I pay more than that working part time in a supermarket Angry !
Most would agree that Mitt doesn't pay a high enough rate. But in our situation, we have a huge debt and deficit problem. Do you correct it first by cutting spending or by increasing taxes on the rich? It's not a great comparison but when your budget at home is tight you don't ask for a raise to cover it, you spend wisely.

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16-04-2012, 04:07 PM
RE: Which would you rather?
(16-04-2012 03:49 PM)germanyt Wrote:  
(16-04-2012 03:41 PM)SaviourSelf Wrote:  Why can't we do both?
We can. But for the purposes of this poll I'd like to know, if you had the choice to cut spending or raise taxes on the rich and both had the same economic effect which would you rather? For those not from the US try and base your opinion on our current economic status.
Well, in that case I'd probably tax the rich for a variety of reasons.

1. They make far more than what one would define as a "livable wage." Yes, they should reap rewards of success (or in Bill Gates's case, stealing others' ideas and using them first), but you can't expect the rich to simply be charitable for no reason at all.

2. I don't buy into the trickle-down effect. I've only taken a couple of economics classes and each of them made a point of saying that the trickle-down effect has never been observed to have worked (the people that get the tax cuts at the top typically just save the money and continue operating rather than reinvesting the money, as the middle-class is likely to do). These classes may very well have been extremely biased, but they were also all heavily critical of social security and unions. Maybe if I had had different textbooks and teachers I would feel differently.

3. I don't think cutting welfare programs actually helps people on welfare in getting jobs.

4. I'm a filthy liberal socialist communist terrorist muslim dog that is going to hell.

5. I'm heavily in favor of health care reform and space exploration. DON'T CUT MAH FAVORITE PROGRAMS!
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16-04-2012, 04:12 PM
RE: Which would you rather?
(16-04-2012 04:01 PM)germanyt Wrote:  Most would agree that Mitt doesn't pay a high enough rate. But in our situation, we have a huge debt and deficit problem. Do you correct it first by cutting spending or by increasing taxes on the rich?

When the rich pay what they pay in America I would tax the rich more, whether there were economic issues or not.

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