26205, RE: You need to get off of that Rush Limbaugh shit.|
Posted by stravinskian, Tue Feb-08-05 08:40 AM
>>Some numbers are relevant, some numbers are not. Your
>>numbers are not relevant.
>>Why in the hell does it matter what percentage of the total
>>"burden" is carried by whom?
>it matters cause yall say it does.
Um, no we don't.
>everyday there is
>bitching about the rich not paying their fair share.
When we say that, we mean that the poor are burdened by the taxes they pay, while the rich are not. Their "fair share" is more than that for the poor.
>percent of the population carry more than half of the
>>The burden that matters is the one being placed on the
>>*individuals*, and the harm it does to them. The rich
>>aren't being driven to the poor-house by their capital gains
>of course not. capitalism rewards those who take risks and
>those that drive the economy because those things are good
The rich are not the ones driving the economy. The more money they hoard, the less they are using to drive the economy. It's the middle class, those people who exist in large numbers, have some money, and are likely to spend significant amounts of it in a short period of time, who drive the economy.
>overly taxing the rich gives less incentive for
>people to work hard so that their large sums of money can be
>taxed for your lazy ass.
Do you actually think that the richest 5% are also the ones who work hardest?
>>And by the way, if it's true that 52 percent of the taxes
>>are being paid by a handful of people, it's not a sign that
>>they are paying too much in taxes, it's a sign that they are
>>more rich than they have any right to be.
>lol! socialist line #1
I'm not ashamed to be a socialist. You should be ashamed of spewing this Ayn Rand bullshit like it's a religion.
>'more rich than they have the right
>to be.' last time i checked we lived in a free country where
>creating massive sums of wealth is all part of working hard
>and taking risks.
Maybe it would be if those large sums were then redistributed at death. Unfortunately nowadays controlling "massive sums of wealth" is all a part of having ancestors who gave it to you. Either that, or being lucky enough to live under a government without the balls to break up a monopoly.