Friday, December 10, 2010

Wealth and taxes...

On one of the forums I frequent a discussion has sort of arisen regarding taxation, and whether or not to raise everyones taxes (poor, middle-class, rich) or just the rich.

One misguided individual said:

 "If you're not upper-class, you SHOULD NOT BE defending them."
My response to that is simple and to the point...

I am far from upper-class (closer to lower middle-class) but I defend their right to have their money because it is just that... THEIR money.

If I can vote today, to take away their wealth, then others can vote tomorrow to take away mine. Precedent established, game... set... match.

Ultimately, ten poor people and five middle-class can vote today, to take away the wealth of the one... and tomorrow, the ten poor can vote to take the wealth of the five... and the day after that, 16 poor people can wonder what happened to their government.

Some quotes to end the day with:

"Whether we like it or not, the American wage earner and the American housewife are a lot better economists than most economists care to admit. They know that a government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have." - Gerald Ford, addressing Congress in 1974.

"The problem with socialism, is eventually you run out of other people's money." - Margaret Thatcher

"If a tax hike makes it to my desk, I'll veto it in less time than it takes Vanna White to turn the letters V-E-T-O!" - Ronald Reagan

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