samhill wrote:I'll tell you something that happened years ago Flyer, I was talking to a good friend that at that time was close if not a millionaire, first he was bragging about the tax he got out of paying & then went into a rage about what he ended up paying which was way more than me several times over. I said I'll tell you what, you live off of my wages & I'll take yours, pay both our taxes & even give you half back. He looked at me while thinking & said never mind I get where your going & left it at that, never said anything about taxes to me again. But to answer you why not more than 100 mil. if that's a strain for you to live on 900 mil. a year shame on you. As far as the sales tax it wouldn't be fair, you only need a car if you can't get to public trans., even if you buy a new BMW or what ever every year it isn't going to hurt a millionaire but the poor guy buying a clunker is going to struggle. Don't get me wrong I'm not saying the poor deserve a BMW nor should the rich buy one for him but he could well afford to pay a bit more for the use of services we all use. If they both were to call for police or a fire who do you think will get the better response?
Wait I am still stuck on you said you have a friend.
I am sure there are more of you. Sorry I couldn't resist.
So you feel that if I make 50k/ year and you make say 250k/yr and I pay 5000 /yr in takes it would be more fair for you to pay 50k/in taxes.
So I will have 45k to spend on my needs and you will have 200k to spend on yours. That type of reasoning is fair to you?
For me I would think it would be more fair for you to only pay 25k/yr in taxes. Why should you pay more % than me? Just because you may have done more school worked longer hrs and had more responsibility. By your method you are being punished for applying yourself more than me. There is a small percentage of people that are just lucky. Should they also be treated differently because they have more.
I am not sure what the magic # is but if we have to pay taxes it should be the same across the board. If you make it in investments or hard work the % is the same. If you win the lottery it is income and treated the same.
I just cannot wrap my head around the envy logic