Originally posted by AugustusMasonicus
There has been a good deal of rhetoric coming from the White House and politcal pundits about people having to 'pay their fair share' or 'share the
burden'. I am a former business owner (restaurant) who is now involved in the manufacturing sector for the past three years.
I am not ashamed to admit that I was very successful when I had my business. I made a good profit each year and had a happy and dedicated client base.
While I am certainly not one of the 'millionares and billionaires' that seem to get vilified as of late I have done well and would fall under the
target group of earners (due to filing jointly) that would see their taxes increase further if current White House sentiment were to become law.
At what point does someone feel obliagted to anymore of my hardwork? I have no issue paying my fair share, but I have a serious issue paying
other people's fair share.
Obviously you didn't fall into the Millionaire camp- anyone making over 250k a year pays less than 15% tax rate.
I have been in business for over 15 years, catering to other businesses. I have never heard of anyone paying even 40% tax rate for anything in
business. When that happened, you must have fallen into some alternate dimension.
I have worked with businesses in foreign countries such as South Africa and South America. This has made me damn glad for the infrastructure, the
transportation systems (land and water) the wide availability of energy, security through the police and fire departments, broad internet
connectivity, the communications infrastructure, the country-wide stability and the laws and ease of business creation that, without which, many
industries would not start, let alone survive.
I bless my forebears every day for investing in the growth of the infrastructure in this country by paying taxes. Everything listed above was started
with tax money or investment in technologies with tax money. And when I pay taxes I know I am paying for a continuation of this growth because of
these essential services.
I know that without these essential services- very few small businesses would be in existence in this country and very few large businesses would have
been able to grow.
When I pay taxes I look at it as another capital expenditure that, without which, my and other businesses would simply not exist.
And when I see guys on forums having tantrums and crying "I MADE MY MONEY ALL BY MYSELF AND I SHOULD KEEP ALL OF IT." I know they are probably just
sock puppets for those few major industries who have grown to the point where they want to put the entire tax burden on the poor and middle class.
I have never actually spoken with a real business owner of any merit who was not aware of the essential services that make business in this country
possible - and where those services originated.
So dude, you need to do business in some of these other places- where people don't pay taxes. Maybe it will open your mind to the relative business
paradise you live in now.
First, put down 20K to start a company in another country + hand off another 30k under the table in 'fees'. Then you pay the attorney that set it up
another 20K. (versus about 250$ total to set up a corporation in the US.)
Then deal with roads that are, at best, half paved.
Railroads that are constantly down for repair for weeks at a time.
Have your drivers carry guns and extra tires because they are shot at regularly.
Deal with the only gas station on a 170 mile stretch of road that is out of gas...regularly.
Deal with brownouts and blackouts in the city that shut down your manufacturing for hours every day.
If you are outside the city deal with trucking in diesel for generators to run your lights... which then suffer attempted truck-jackings.
Security? The police are the ones behind the truck-jackings half the time.
Fire department? Only if you 'pay the fee'.
Communications infrastructure? Forget it. Internet? Lucky to have a dial up- when rebels or the poverty ridden aren't cutting and stealing lines.
And I could go on.
So you are welcome to go do business in a place like that where you aren't expected to 'share the burden'. Have at it and don't let the door hit
you where it counts. This country is better off with one less selfish person who only thinks about himself- without even giving one thought to those
who made his wealth possible.
So the next time you think about getting on the internet and whining about your taxes you better remember that you are not only shaming yourself - but
you are denigrating those who came before you and sacrificed by paying taxes to build the infrastructure you rely on to reboot your computer and that
your business could not exist without.