Facebook Poll: Should Wealthy People Pay Higher Taxes?

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Posted on 10/06/2011

This is a question that can spark some animated debate: Should wealthy people pay higher taxes? It’s something politicians are hashing out right now so we wanted to know what you thought. We asked for your response through Facebook and this is what you told us. As always, feel free to share your opinions in the comments and at the Bargainist Facebook page.


Christen Aiken Canamare: I think it should be the same for everyone. What if you’re poor, should you not pay any???


Chris Bradley: Yes.


Chris Bedenbaugh: Top earners are the target for new tax increases, but the U.S. tax system is already highly progressive. The top 1 percent of income earners paid 38 percent of all federal income taxes in 2008, while the bottom 50 percent paid only 3 percent. Forty-nine percent of U.S. households paid no federal income tax at all. So why should the rich, who earned their money, be responsible for even MORE of the tax burden? If the government would become fiscally responsible we wouldn't have to keep "unfairly" taxing one particular class of people.


Marisa Ramos: Hmm, I think that there is something very wrong in this country when 1 percent of the people have the VAST majority of the money, regardless what they pay in taxes And I'm proud of those few uber-wealthy that stand up and say, "We need to pay more in taxes" Do I think people making $250,000 plus should pay more? Maybe not. Do I think Warren Buffet should pay more? Yes. And so does he.


Stephanie Storm-Robertson: Ask me again when I strike it rich


Jodee German Moffett: The problem is the government defines "rich" as people who make over $250,000. I don't think the "rich" should be taxed more because they are the people who start small business. Small businesses are the number one creator of new jobs. And what this country needs right now is more jobs. You can't tax people on welfare or unemployment. If you tax the "rich" so much then they won't have the revenue to start small business. My husband works for a small business. If the government taxes his employers to death then he will a. be out of a job or b. will not get any type of raise.


Rhiannon Wells: NO!


Laurie Elmore Thompson: Getting the wealthy to pay even higher taxes will not solve our country's problem with poverty, under-education or lack of motivation. When someone can stay on government assistance and make MORE money than if they furthered their education and became productive in society, there is a problem. Why penalize those who oftentimes work hard and make a real difference in the scheme of things? That approach simply does not make sense and it fuels the jealousy that others may feel towards that group of people. All the way around, making the wealthy pay higher taxes just would not solve our problem...it would be just another band-aid. We need a real solution if we want our country to be stronger and united.


Jerry Tollison: I’ll answer your question with a question. Have you ever had a poor person offer you a job? If we don't get the government to stop SPENDING then we are doomed. You can take away all of the assets of the rich and you would not make a dent in the total debt of the US. We are right behind Greece if we aren't careful.


Patti Patrick: The wealthy create millions of jobs in the US. If we tax them even more, there will be a lot more unemployed. There are loopholes in the tax code that can be eliminated. But, the real answer to our economic woes is to cut spending JUST LIKE YOU DO IN YOUR OWN HOMES when you don't have money to spend. I love Governor Rick Scotts idea of drug testing all people receiving public assistance. As a taxpayer, I want my money going to people trying to better themselves, not users of the system. With that said, I would like to see people helped with their drug problem, not jailed.


By Alison Storm


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Comments


Keith Deer

Posted on 10.07.11 at 9:24 AM

This 1% poor pay and 95% rich pay is just gross tax. Use a percentage to show the real figures. Also remember most wealthy use tax breaks to lower said tax. $24000 income taxed at 12% and say $1000000 wealthy man at 35%. He is only left with $650000. Oh boo hoo. Use a flat tax rate but the wealthy do not want that either. No tax breaks.

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