Why a flat tax doesn’t work
1) The bottom 50% doesn’t pay taxes because they have no money due to the great recession. Many are living at or below the poverty level. What would we tax?
2) People who make $250,000 a year or $50,000 CAN AFFORD to pay more taxes than someone making $15,000. That is an irrefutable fact. Every developed democracy in the country has a graduated tax system, that is another irrefutable fact.
3) This is about the COMMON GOOD and what is best FOR EVERYONE. If we allow the top 2% to keep more of their money, that does no good for anyone but the top 2%. Someone who makes $2 billion dollars a year is not going to build schools, roads, bridges, dams, etc. with their tax refund. It just isn’t going to happen. For a democratic society to function, you have to redistribute wealth.
4) Someone on Facebook mentioned that out of their $50,000 gross income, they ended up paying $2500 (after refund). Okay: so you’d like to be able to keep your $2500. I say to you, first, that that’s pretty greedy. You aren’t even willing to invest $2500 in schools, roads, bridges, etc.? And if not: are you willing to never use this infrastructure to make that fair? Are you willing to keep your $2500 in return for signing a waiver that you will never call the police, use the fire department or any of the other thousands of things you depend on? To generate your own electricity and homeschool your children? And also: you want to keep your $2500. Do you also want the billionaires to be able to keep their $25 million dollars in refunds? AND: if we do become a flat tax society, who, pray tell, will build said roads, bridges, schools, etc., or do we wish to retreat about 100 years when many of these things didn’t exist and we were all on our own?
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