Lord of the Sword, on Mar 23 2010, 05:11 PM, said:
FnlPrblm, on Mar 23 2010, 07:15 AM, said:
Scott really said it best and most eloquently, "it's the price of doing business in a civilized society".
I disagree. I don't see anything civilized about targeting one specific group unfairly.
What group is being targeted unfairly? The wealthy? Seriously? Because they fall into a higher tax bracket?
By that logic, ALL taxes are uncivilized because there are, of course, people who will always be so poor (or so jobless) as to fall into NO tax bracket at all. How dare we be unfair to them!
I mean, how do you have ANY sort of society in the year 2010 -- let alone a civilized one -- without some form of income tax to fund governmental services like law enforcement, fire control, defense, school, medical services, FDA, EPA, courts, etc.?
I suppose you could argue for a national sales tax, but that has been shown to disproportionately target one specific group: the poor. So that wouldn't pass muster by your logic, either. Right?
No one likes paying taxes, but that doesn't mean they don't serve a good purpose, and everyone has to pay according to their means, which translates to a progressive income tax. The more you make, the more you contribute `
A good analogy for this whole thing is this: picture a marathon race. You have several really fast runners, who has done what they are suppose to. They've eaten right, trained hard, etc. There are several other runners, who because of circumstances beyond their control, haven't been able to train as much, or eat the way they are suppose to. Now along comes the President of the race and he tells those who have done what they are suppose to..."You guys can't run your best. You have to keep pace with the others, so that all cross the finish line at the exact same moment."
That's a terrible analogy for society, which by definition is a community of people, not an individual in competition with another individual. You're comparing apples and oranges. Thomas Jefferson: “[T]he laying of taxes is the power, and the general welfare
the purpose for which the power is to be exercised. They [Congress] are not to lay taxes ad libitum for any purpose they please; but only to pay the debts or provide for the welfare of the Union." Bolding mine.