Increased taxes are good for America
Should America raise taxes? What good or harm would this do to us as a country? This is for my debate team.
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What kind of taxes?
An immense amount is going to hinge on what the balance of your tax increases is as different types of tax are going to have different impacts. Most obviously is the rise going to be across the board, is it going to be progressive or not? If it is then how high will it be on top earners, enough to scare them away? Is it going to be on individuals or corporations? Will it affect income taxes? Is it a sales tax? Is it meant to encourage good behavior like taxes on alcohol or to help the environment through a tax on carbon?
Each type of tax will have a different impact on who pays the tax and how much they pay. It is therefore also going to have an impact on whether they are willing to pay or will try to get out of the tax.
No, because the current taxes are used to kill innocent people on the other side of the world. Until they use our money to help the less well off then they shouldn't get it.
We pay into a system which profits the war mongerers who sit on the boards of Halliburton et al and cream off what they like whilst poor people's sons and daughters are sent home in body bags.
WHY IS IT THAT 95% OF US CASUALITIES COME FROM FINANCIALLY STRAINED BACKGROUNDS?
The poor are asked to work harder for less pay, they have less access to basic services and they are then asked to move up to the front line in a war they didn't want to be in.
The powers will tell us that our children died with 'honour' and dignity and that the rich fat cats will be eternally grateful that they can carry on with their skiing holidays 4 times a year, and Cheney can happily go shoot deer on his estate without having to worry about where the next meal comes from.
I wish people would wake up.
Pays for common programs
Tax increases could be used for common programs that not many people are willing to put up money themselves. We all say that welfare and health care are good, but when the time comes, nobody is willing to pony up. Tax increases would solve that problem by making it mandatory.
Spending problem, not income problem
50 percent of all taxes are spent on the military; food, supplies, and of course wars wars wars. For every dollar that comes in we spend a dollar and seven cents. Come on people. We don't need more taxes, we need our idiot government to stop throwing money around.
you are crazy. increased taxes means more money spent the wrong way, first of all we need reduced taxes... social security shouldn't exist and neither should food stamps.
Actually, increased taxes mean more money for government programs. Using this additional money, the government is able to help the United States citizens who actually need it. Not just fat, rich, old Republicans who just want to hold on to their ill-gotten savings.
2. No - it discourages incentive, increases dependence upon the government, and, if carried too far, impoverishes and oppresses people.
There is no question that taxation is needed for common programs that benefit the great majority of people. Taxes are needed for roads, schools, law enforcement, the military and other programs of this nature which benefit all.
The above being said, there is a point at which taxation can become unjust, confiscatory and oppressive. Our Constitution was written to guide us in such matters. Our Constitution guarantees our "inalienable rights" which are not granted by men, but by God, (or if you choose personally not to use "God", then a power that is higher than mankind). These include the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We are also guaranteed an opportunity to strive for what we may gain by our own labors, whether it be material aquisition, property (land, homes) or a good education. What we are NOT guaranteed is an equal OUTCOME. Thus, when we hear ideas promoted such as "spreading the wealth" we need to be careful about the intention behind such a statement. Does the person (or persons) uttering such a phrase mean that we should confiscate the labors (and resulting property) of another to give it to someone else? What would be the justification for such an action?
We are at a crossroads in this country in which more and more people are demanding things they feel "entitled" to. People have expressed that the government should pay for their college education, their birth control, their homes, and many, many other things - the list is endless. But when we say the "government" should pay for these things, what we are really saying is that those who produce - that is, everyone from those who do physical labor to those who run companies - should be taxed to pay for more and more things. Taken to its ultimate conclusion, there will come a point (and, indeed, this point has been reached for many) in which taxation becomes unjustly confiscatory, resulting in what we have already seen - companies hiring less workers and moving overseas; people being discouraged from working or starting businesses because they receive less and less of the rewards of their labor. We have also seen tremendous waste of our tax dollars and a lack of accounting for where our tax dollars go and what they are used for.
When we look to government instead of ourselves to supply what we want or need, and government takes from one group of people to give to another, we see a leveling of the masses that begins to take place - not a leveling that takes place in a good way, but one that brings people down, not up. One that equalizes people in poverty and misery, and places them more and more at the mercy of a government that, as history has shown over and over, becomes more tyrannical over time.
Increasing taxes on the rich will mean increased prices and less jobs for the rest of us.
To demand that the rich pay their "fair share" in taxes sounds good in theory - but will spell disaster for the rest of us in practice. How do you think most of the rich became rich? By owning businesses that produce goods and services that the rest of us buy! Now what do you think will happen when they increase taxes on the rich? They will simply pass them on to us in the form of increased prices on the goods and services we buy! It is either that, or lay off more employees! Perhaps it will be both.
The other problem with raising taxes on the "rich" is what defines "rich"? According to the President, people who are "rich" are those making over $250,000 a year. I don't know about you, but that isn't my definition of "rich". In my opinion, someone isn't truly rich unless their making at least $1 million a year. But that's the trouble. The definition of "rich" is just someone's arbitrary opinion, and may be subject to change. We may see down the road (and I fully expect to see this if Obama is re-elected) when this approach of increasing taxes to help the "economy" fails (which it will) that the defintion of "rich" will continue to scale downward. Next, it will be people making over $150,000 a year. Will you be targeted next? And don't forget - some of the people earning these salaries are small business people who will also have to increase prices and lay people off.
It is higher taxes and an anti-business attitude (among other things) that has driven companies overseas and caused our economy to falter.
The President claims to be trying to help the "economy". But what is the economy but businesses, both large and small, who contribute goods, services and jobs to the economy? Rather than "punish" those with the ideas and drive which have made our country great, and have greatly improved the lives of people here and elsewhere in the world, we should be encouring businesses that have left our country to come back through tax incentives, not increases! We should be giving incentives to people who want to start their own businesses - not discourage them because they know, right off the bat, that they will be facing higher tax rates than before!
For those of you who feel "downtrodden", I suggest you look elsewhere for the blame other than the rich. Many people have come to this country with absolutely nothing - and have risen through the ranks to realize the American Dream of becoming more free and prosperous. No one is going to "give" you what you desire without unjustly taking it from someone else. You have the OPPORTUNITY in America, like nowhere else, to fulfill whatever your dreams may be. Yes - it might take long, hard work. Yes - it takes thinking outside the box, doing your research. But you are being lazy in your thinking when you just look at want ads and think some dream job is just going to magically appear for you without any mental or other effort on your part. My family came to this country poor - some so poor they lived in sod houses with dirt floors. They managed to raise themselves up. Take a hard look at yourself instead of pointing the finger at the "rich". If my family could make it, why can't YOU?
NOT A INCOME PROBLEM, A SPENDING PROBLEM
For every 100 dollars that comes in we are spending 107 dollars. The income is just fine, it's just the government that needs to stop throwing money around. This is money that you and me are working hard to make. And 50 percent of it is going to spend on wars and supporting the military
What do you think?