here is where the 16th amendment to the constitution goes wrong, as ron paul explained some time ago: it is with the word "apportionment." how are the taxes to be apportioned?
it is communist, not democratic, thinking that guides plundering the productivity and products of the people of a country to distribute them to all. (but as we have seen in communist countries, those that run them do not live like the lowly comrade... their style of living is far, far above them, so, it's politics as usual in that way).
the reason that the united states has been, to date, the richest country on earth is because life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness allows all to use their wits and sweat to make products and services that the public wants available without overtaxation and without regulations against free trade.
the comrades cry out for distribution of the wealth of those that produce the most, but they don't think about how they obtained wealth: it was through free enterprise.
that free enterprise and wealth is what gives cause to hire more workers, not fewer employees. if the profit margin of these "wealthy" corporation owners is removed by more and more taxation (as it might be, very soon, what with the health care bill demanded by mr. obama, to be on his desk for signature into law in august of this year), then the consequence is actually undistributed wealth.
the reason it becomes undistributed wealth is because the result of taking it from those that hire workers because their domestic product results in profit makes it so that they can no longer hire on new workers.
i.e., [my] ability to give a job with income and benefits to someone that needs a job to support his/her family is removed from [me], and i will have to lay off, and not pay, my current employees which then leads to more poverty.
no one is happy, as has already been proved by dismantling communism in the old USSR, under communist government. the reason the people are not happy is because they are not given a choice to pursue endeavors that their creative minds think will be of benefit to society. communism limits choices. that's why communism eventually fails.
the nature of human beings is to gain, not lose, from their business activities. so we can say that human beings are greedy. but i do not think that there's anything wrong with that.
society of human beings on this planet has only been evident for 50,000 years. yes, that's all. the dinosaurs "ruled" the planet for over 500,000 years and no way would they redistribute the wealth of their hunts. would you? would you expend your energy to get food, then, without a fight, redistribute that food to those that had not hunted it down? that's about it, in a nutshell.
right now, you pay out over 30% of your gross income to support a federal government that cannot even balance its own budget.
with the redistribution of "wealth," those that are married and make $ a million $ a year will pay out more than 42% of their income so that their so-called wealth (coming from real estate, i have a very jaded view of income and don't think a million a year is all that much) is "distributed" ? fairly ? to those that have a lower income, or no income.
it is not a good idea to take more from such people because like i said, it removes their ability to give an income-producing job to a worker as well as that it would cause them to even lay off current workers.
free enterprise is what is democratic. regulated enterprise and regulated living in communistic. there is no in between area, in truth, between capitalism and communist that's called "socialism." socialism is only an ideal, the word used to trick the people into giving up their freedoms.
noting the DISASTER of giving out TARP money to banks and insurance companies because it was they, and not the people who have given out such money in the form of taxes, that caused their own bubble to burst. this has already led to dire circumstances: as the CEO of a national real estate consultation firm (26 years), i am PO'd to high heavens at what has happened to our economy. and no, i do not want my grandsons to labor to support those that refuse to work when their body and minds are able.