quote:What would that do to the poor people who currently pay no taxes?
Huh? Did the sales tax suddenly not become a tax? Payroll taxes suddenly stopped being taxes?
The poor pay taxes. What they don't pay is income tax. This is why a "national sales tax" in lieu of an income tax is so stupid: Poor people will wind up paying more in taxes because their money is all spent on consumption (food, utilities, gasoline, etc.) which will now all be taxed at a higher rate.
Let us not forget, we were running surpluses at the end of the millennium. The vast majority of our current debt can be contributed to two things: Bush's tax cuts and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. This is why there was that talk not too long ago about "doing nothing" with regard to the budget. Simply letting all that expire, going back to Clinton-era tax rates and military spending, we'd make huge dents in our debt.
Personally? I say go back even further...repeal the Reagan tax cuts.
quote: Personally? I say go back even further...repeal the Reagan tax cuts.
The graph from Message 15 would certainly seem to support that sentiment.
Here's a better view:
The economic downturn has been a problem, yes. We'd still have a problem with unemployment, but we'd have much more money to help such as government investment in infrastructure, development of new technologies, extending the social safety net so that the long-term unemployed don't become completely unemployable (if you've been out of work for a year, employers no longer want to hire you.)
Cutting taxes does not create jobs. It never has:
In previous times when taxes were higher on the upper classes and businesses, employment was more fluid: Businesses took profits and put them back into the company in order to avoid having to pay those taxes. But as the tax rates on companies became lower and lower, as paying out dividends became less and less of a tax burden, those profits left the company and went into the pockets of the rich.
Companies aren't hiring because there isn't any demand. There isn't any demand because there aren't any jobs. There aren't any jobs because there's no reason for the companies to provide them. This is unsustainable.
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