quote: I am proud to pay my taxes, but I do want it spent wisely.
quote: The reason to stay in the US should not be because of a sense of gratitude. Your sense of gratitude should show by the way you value freedom.The US should stand on its own merits as the most attractive place to be and not because its citizens are indebted to it. Being in debt is the opposite of freedom.
quote: Costs a lot of money to run the "most attractive place to be"...
quote: Well said
quote: Actually, he does owe; It's called taxes.
quote: So if Mick wants to write an article illustrating the flaws in our tax code, GO FOR IT!
quote: it has made it possible for people like Mitt Romney to become enormously wealthy.
quote: While the railroads were no doubt important for opening up the frontier, I would not equate that with the national highway and interstate system. It's not like railroads go to every town. But between federal and state funded roads, one can get to just about any place by automobile.
quote: I don't think it's that big of a deal to pay over 50% in tax when you rake it in
quote: It's 15% ON TOP of the 40% he already paid in capital gains!! I'm sorry but to believe the Government has the right to over 50% of someones' income just because they are rich is immoral.
quote: Who cares about percentages? The value of the dollar doesn't change based on what percentage you pay in taxes. $60 million dollars being laid claim to by the Government is a monstrously large sum. Damn right anyone in their right mind would do whatever it took to avoid that.
quote: What amount, then isn't theft? Do you believe that zero taxes constitutes no theft?
quote: I'm afraid taxes (of all kinds) are a necessary evil for a modern, civilized society.
quote: Unless you don't need education, defense, highways, fair (or maybe a less unfair) legal system, etc.
quote: What if a firefighter or teacher with family, who is just scraping by as it is, cannot afford "user fees" to send their children to a decent school for an education? They're just out of luck?
quote: And I would argue that user fees are the most fair option. It allows you and I to pay for the services we want and need, yet it doesn't force us to subsidize others who we may not agree with.
quote: I don't know...we're definitely better off as a society if people are at least somewhat educated.
quote: And chances are pretty good that at some point in one's life, they will require public services such as emergency response.
quote: Now, if you want to go after things like the ridiculous vehicle emissions testing & fees we have in Colorado, I'd be all for it.
quote: But teachers and firefighters are not in that group.
quote: I will agree with you on subsidizing poor decisions, like having too many kids, is a bad practice. But this isn't usually an issue caused by mainstream working folks.
quote: Neither party would go for eliminating child credits or instituting a maximum child limit.
quote: I find it especially ironic that conservatives denounce planned parenthood and other family planning services, but then they turn around and complain about people having too many kids and whatnot.
quote: How do we support a military?
quote: Outlandish theft? $60 million for this guy is less than 3% of his overall wealth. I pay 20% on my income. It's criminal that billionaires pay a smaller percentage than I do.
quote: If you managed to make the money required to pay that tax its not unfair to pay the tax rate.
quote: You'd give up your American citizenship; the most valuable possession on Earth? All the money in the world can't save you when some despot decides to throw you in prison and seize all your assets. Just ask some of the oil barons in Russia. They lost everything due a whim by Putin and now they rot in Jail.
quote: Just get all of Hitler's speeches and replace the word "Jews" with "millionaires and billionaires" and you have an Obama speech.
quote: I hope he never comes back. He doesn't deserve to be a citizen and is not worthy of those that died for his once held right to breathe American air.
quote: The US tax code punishes the middle class at the expense and reward of the elite upper class and lower class. If you make $50,000 - $150,000 a year you will pay a higher percentage than if you make $10 million a year. The American dream? Escape the middle class, up or down.
quote: Citizenship. It's my understanding you can't really renounce your citizenship. If you ask for it back.. They have to give it you... It's a birth right even if you renounce it.. Remember Oswald.. He renounced his citizenship and they gave it back..
quote: Renunciation is the most unequivocal way in which a person can manifest an intention to relinquish U.S. citizenship. Those contemplating a renunciation of U.S. citizenship should understand that renunciation is irrevocable, except as provided in Section 351 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and cannot be cancelled or set aside absent successful administrative or judicial appeal. Put another way, renunciation cannot be “taken back”, and it does not merely “suspend” citizenship but irrevocably renounces citizenship. Consequently, renunciation of U.S. citizenship is not a step to be taken lightly. Because renunciation is a serious matter to be undertaken soberly and advisedly, persons contemplating renunciation are advised by U.S. consular officers to consider the matter carefully and, if they chose to proceed, to come back to the U.S. embassy or consulate after a period of reflection.
quote: Ayn Rand, while an interesting subject, was also a lunatic.She did nothing to pave her own roads or build her own "public" services, yet used them anyway.
quote: The interstate system wasn't created for our benefit, it was a byproduct of the cold war and designed to be able to quickly move military equipment across the country.