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If our government utilized our tax money honestly and efficiently then that would not be true... I suppose my thread should be written "Eliminate Income Tax... Instate 25% National Sales Tax (and elect a completely honest and responsible government). Problem Solved!
The problem is that the cost of living goes up, and those who have disposable incomes save more. Then you have the same 'rich get richer' problem that the non-rich complain about. What if government just spent less, and cut 25% of their redundant bureaucracies?
Originally posted by nunya13
reply to post by Aqualung2012
Short version...a flat national sales ax is inherantly flawed as it adversely affects consumers the less money they make.
Person A and Person B each purchase a $100 printer
Person a makes $200 a day
Person B makes $100 a day
They each pay $25 intaxes on the printer.
This is 12.5% of person A's income for that day
It is 25% of person B's income for that day
Lower income people also spend a larger portion of their income on taxble sales items, which compounds the problem.
Originally posted by Aqualung2012
reply to post by SayonaraJupiter
All absolutely correct. Note: I did not specify how simple this would be to implement. We all understand that government is a self serving establishment. I have a comment above which relates to this point.
These people you've mentioned... they need a problem to exist, or else they're out of a job! I understand this as well as the next man. However, if there is any hope for us... I believe it has to be through simplifying our goals (as a people) so that if we are ever actually in the position to decide for ourselves again, we won't be subject to the typical in-fighting which has allowed us to be so duped and confounded as we are.
It is not so simple, to be sure... but isn't that our problem?
edit on 3-3-2012 by Aqualung2012 because: (no reason given)
Point is: Eliminate income tax, and create a 25% National Sales Tax