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What's The Difference Between A Pirate...And A President?

This Schoolhouse Rock Video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQBWGo7pef8) tries to answer that question. In the end, the government shouldn't be allowed to do something that would be illegal if you or I did it. You can't steal, just because you call it "taxes." Sure, with taxes you get something back, like national defense, but what about the 60% of Americans that pay only 1% of the taxes? Do they only get 1% of the defense? Stealing from working Americans, the so-called rich, to give to the poor is still theft, not charity.

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gammie

Asked by gammie at 9:47 PM on Apr. 14, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:49 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    BUT, look at it this way, where would we be waiting on the 60% to pay for it?

    We'd be utterly screwed!
    mustbeGRACE

    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 10:03 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • If this economic downturn continues and the rich keep on getting richer and the poor keep on getting poorer, one of two things will happen. Either the government will have to increase it's police for to protect the rich or the government takes from the rich and gives to the poor. History shows us that trying to protect the rich minority from the poor majority usually doesn't go to well. Everyone knows what happens when to the woman who told the poor to eat cake when they couldn't afford bread.
    smalltowngal

    Answer by smalltowngal at 10:34 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • The Income Tax was ratified by the 16 th Amendment in 1913. It was also imposed at times before then such as during the Civil War. Now, the question here refers to a difference between Pirates and a President. How do you figure the President has to take all the blame? If you are not happy paying taxes, write your Congressman. Taxes are part of "sharing the wealth" and has been since 1913. Your Social Security tax is sort of a savings account for you and you get paid back when you retire at age 65 ...or earlier if you want. OK.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:56 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • Obama VS Johnny Depp?

    tyme4me2day

    Answer by tyme4me2day at 10:57 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • Well, IMO Johnny Depp is definitely much better looking, even in smudgy black eyeliner. My makeup never looks like that. GRRR.


    I like the analogy, OP.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 1:58 AM on Apr. 15, 2009

  • One of the principles of tax policy should be the ability to pay. If you have a very high income tike money market CEOs then you can afford to pay a lot. if you are are unemployed and have lost your home, then you can afford to pay nothing. So what is the problem?

    It has nothing to do with Pirates and everything to do with how government finances its programs without going in debt to overseas bankers and governments. It is time the US learned to pay its own way in the world and taxes were raised, not cut, instead of expecting other countries to finance the horrendous deficit.
    janet116

    Answer by janet116 at 2:08 AM on Apr. 15, 2009

  • janet...you WANT taxes RAISED??? You MUST be one of the people that pays little to no taxes to take that stance! Just think, if your employer's taxes are raised (you know since he is so incredibly wealthy, and should pay more), do you think YOU might get "shortchanged" a bit? Maybe you won't get a pay raise, maybe your benefits or hours/overtime potential will be cut, maybe you'll be asked to do the work of 2 people instead of 1 to make up for being unable to afford 2 full salaries?! Somewhere, somehow, increasing taxes on the wealthy and top income producing businesses means the middle to working class employee will be affected at some point!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:08 AM on Apr. 15, 2009

  • What so many fail to see.... When you raise the taxes on the upper % of Americans earners? They are the ones who hire, purchase, and/or spend. Letting the Bush Taxcuts expire and increasing the taxes on someone who makes $250,000 more takes an additional $7500 from their discretionary income. $7500 that they may have been paying for a gardner, paying for travel, or other economic stimulative spending. So then the government takes that money and gives it to the lower % of Americans who will not stimulate the economy to the same level. They don't hire. They don't create wealth.
    What would have been better? Get companies in these vacant manufacturing plants. Ohh wait that won't work. Obama wants to implement strict cap and trade taxes. Obama wants to raise the corporate tax (last I heard)... This will just push more jobs out of America and into other nations.
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:24 AM on Apr. 15, 2009

  • The sheer sense of entitlement is ASTOUNDING!!!!!!!

    mustbeGRACE

    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 12:17 PM on Apr. 15, 2009

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