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.
The untaxed working class. Surber. I believe that everybody with income should pay some taxes as the cost of being a citizen.
Hillary Clinton quoted in a piece on her desire to run the US economy, in the NYT:
“You try to find common ground, insofar as possible. But if you really believe you have to manage the economy,” she said, “you have to stake a lot of your presidency on it. Because at the beginning is when you’re strongest.”
Nothing wrong with the idea everybody pays. When your dog is in the fight, you pay more attention.
Would be funny if say January 1, everyone got a letter saying your share of the town/county/state/federal government budget is $XXXX, please remit by December 31. Figure derived by dividing total yearly budget by number of adults.
Wonder if there would be a enough rope and lamp posts to go around.
So, might be best to have a flat base line rate for all with additional assessments based on income to keep the plebes from revolting.
Everyone does pay taxes through excises like sales and other indirect levies on privelege. The tax on 'income' is something else alltogether. My life is not a state granted privilege nor is my right to earn a living and support my family. Direct and indirect taxes are addressed by the constitution and a direct levy on reasonable compensation for an exchange of labor is simply un-American. A graduated, direct tax on 'income' (whatever that is) and the abstract concept of 'fairness' cannot be seperated from the obvious interests of the central state and it's sole power of coercion and are ideas in conflict and inherently unjust.