We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It was immensely frustrating to listen to candidate Obama promise a tax cut to 90% of the American population and never (to my knowledge) get called on it. When over 35% of Americans are not paying taxes, it is simply not possible to give 90% of the American populace a tax cut.
If you are not paying taxes, your check from the government is not a tax cut, it is a handout (or, more accurately, an attempt to purchase your vote—with someone else’s money, of course).
Totally agree with an exemption for military. A huge segment of the 18-24 yr olds are still living in the college as extended party fantasy and the gumnent wants to wants to convict a bunch more into that sometimes huge waste of time and money for a miseducation. They have no business partaking in the very serious matter of self government by voting.
Also anyone who did not pay taxes should not be able to vote.
If we can't "get the genie back in the bottle," then the next best thing is to give EVERYONE some skin in the game. There are only two ways to do that (that I can see) and one is much better than the other, IMHO:
1.) The Flat Tax; across the board, every employee pays X% of their wages as a tax, period. NO Deductions, for anything. If we need to make this "progressive" enough to pass, charge the wage-earners X+Y% cutoff between the two at ~ $250,000 for an individual or per couple.
2.) The National Sales Tax; every item that is CONSUMED is charged a sales tax rate of X% , again perhaps making the sale of HIGH value items (say over $250,000) have a sales tax of X+Y%; won't that have some unintended consequences on home sales!
If either of these cannot pay off the national debt, it's only because Congress WON'T stop spending...
Presently we are in a situation where almost half the adult population are effectively wards of the state. Fewer and fewer are footing the bill for more and more. It's utterly unsustainable. These wards of the state should not be able to vote. They have no vested interest in the consequences of their decisions, and should therefore have no decision! It's completely ridiculous. It is in fact enraging to consider that while you get up every day and go to work, your assigned "Adopt A Deadbeat" cancels out your vote on what to do with your own hard earned money.
Simple: if your mouth is on the government teat then your finger can't be on the "Cast Vote" button!