When you think about it, don't you think some US taxes seem a little bit like extortion?
Property taxes for one. Like, if you own your own property, you still have to pay the government large sums of money, or else to come to your home, and their federal henchmen will drag you by your heels and punish you. Doesn't that seem a bit extreme? Also, income tax, you work hard, and the government demands a percentage of your income so they can fund their own endeavors. I mean, sure, they fund things like schools and roads and all that good stuff, but none of it seems very quality.
"You bought this land, but if you don't pay us to live there, we're going to send armed men after you and take you away."
"Whatever you earn, we get to keep this much of it, if you don't then we'll send our guys after you and take you away."
When you put it like that, doesn't it seem a bit mafia-like?
- PatLv 74 years agoFavorite Answer
Who Should Pay Taxes?
June 9, 2011
We can debate whether government should be involved in this or that, or whether a program is necessary or appropriate. But at its barest minimum, government has expenses: salaries, buildings, furnishings, supplies, infrastructure, equipment, construction, and maintenance. So government needs money. Government gets its money from taxes.
The U.S. Constitution specifically gives Congress the power ". . . to lay and collect taxes", and to make all laws necessary to execute that power. Congress established the Internal Revenue Service in 1862 to serve as the nation's tax collector.
American taxes fall into three broad categories: individual, corporate, and excise. Employers withhold income taxes from employees' paychecks throughout the year. We file our tax returns early in the following year to calculate our total tax bill. If we owe less than the amount withheld, we get a refund. If too little was withheld, we owe taxes. Corporations make estimated tax payments on their profits each quarter, but there are many more loopholes and deductions and the process is much more complex. Excise taxes are collected on the sale of certain goods such as gasoline, cigarettes, alcohol, and utilities. Even the poorest Americans pay excise and sales taxes. The merchants who sell those products file the paperwork and send those tax dollars to the IRS. Revenue is the sum of all taxes, fines, fees, and other money collected.
The Federal Deficit
When revenue exceeds spending, we have a surplus. When spending exceeds revenue, we have a deficit. The total of all U.S. deficits throughout our history is called the national debt. The first deficit occurred in 1792. Since 1901, the federal budget has run surpluses in 27 years and deficits in 84 years. Our last surpluses, from 1998 to 2001, totaled $559 billion. In 2010, the federal government collected $2.1 trillion and spent $3.4 trillion for a deficit of $1.3 trillion.
The republithugs' favorite claim, that President Obama tripled the deficit in his first year in office, is a lie. Cheneybush spent a trillion dollars, that's $1,000,000,000,000, on its war in Iraq from 2001 to 2008. They hid those expenses by never listing a penny of those costs on the federal budget. They lied to you. Obama merely listed the money where it belonged. He didn't spend the money. He corrected their fraudulent bookkeeping.
Now certainly, no one enjoys paying taxes, but most of us accept the responsibility and do pay them. It's part of being a grownup. Some people, primarily Republicans, teapartiers, and corporatists, operate under the bizarre notion that they shouldn't have to pay taxes. They expect the rest of us to pay the government's bills.
They love to rant about "personal responsibility" right up until it reaches their front doors. Many corporations exploit the tax code so that they pay no taxes at all. Yet they don't hesitate to take advantage of our interstate highway system to transport their products. They use our airports for their business travel, our emergency services to protect their facilities, our elected representatives to enact their tax cuts, and our schools to recruit their employees. Wealthy individuals use streets, parks, libraries, museums, airports, stadiums, sewers, roads, bridges, and schools just like the rest of us. Yet they pay $$millions$$ to hotshot lawyers to avoid paying for those privileges.
They whine that corporations and gazillionaires need tax cuts because they might create jobs. Microsoft Corporation does not base its business plans on the level of Bill Gates' personal taxes. They don't fire people when Gates' taxes increase. They don't hire people when Gates' taxes decrease. No company does it. Only an imbecile would believe that. There is no incentive for corporations and the wealthy to invest in industry and create jobs when the government hands them buckets of money for nothing.
Cheneybush Tax Cuts
Cheneybush brought us the largest tax cuts in history. According to AmericanProgress.org, its job growth record from 2001 to 2007 was the worst since the Great Depression and those cuts cost us more than seven million jobs from 2007 to 2009. Republicans have been cutting taxes for 35 years. If tax cuts created jobs, we would all have five great jobs by now. I don't. Do you? They don't believe any of this stuff. But they sure want you to fall for it.
They insist that tax cuts generate revenue. Actually, the cheneybush tax cuts added $1.7 trillion to the national debt. According to U.S Treasury reports, those cuts generated only one dollar for each ten dollars cut. They are directly responsible for our current economic situation. Yet, President Obama appeased the republithugs AGAIN and extended those cuts for two more years.
Everyone Should Pay Taxes
We can talk about spending all day, but the government needs more money. The only way to increase revenue is to increase taxes.
The idea that you should not have to pay for the things you use today because you might do something, someday is laughable. No rational human being would fall for that line. Try telling Sears that they should give you a free lawnmower today because you might hire a local kid to cut your grass tomorrow. See how that works out for you.
To answer the question, everyone should pay taxes. We all must contribute to the society that we enjoy. Just who do these people think they are? And why didn't their parents bother to teach them any sense of personal responsibility?
WE ARE ONE.
For More Information:
Tax Cuts: Myths and Realities
Policy Basics: The 2001 and 2003 Tax Cuts
The Bush Tax Cuts Are the Disaster that Keeps on Giving
Tax Returns: A Comprehensive Assessment of the Bush Administration's Record on Cutting Taxes
Who Should Pay Taxes?
- ALT RIGHT DELETELv 64 years ago
Maybe they should set up areas without property tax or income tax... Areas with no roads, no police, no schools, no garbage collection, etc.
Then when people like you call tax "extortion", invite you to live there for a while... Say 6 months... Then ask you how you found it
That would be interesting
- ThemLv 74 years ago
It's a very popular republican whine..... and this is how republicans get elected. First they tell you that "taxes are extortion" and "you shouldn't be paying taxes"...
Stupid people then vote for republicans.
Later you find you STILL pay the taxes but the Billionaires who bought the offices for the republicans no longer pay taxes. Apparently taxes were "extortion" for the Billionaires.
Now you get to pay ALL the taxes ('cause Trump doesn't) - and that might be "extortion" or just republican crookedness.
- Anonymous4 years ago
I don't know. I like having a military.
- How do you think about the answers? You can sign in to vote the answer.
- David SLv 74 years ago
It sounds mafia-like because you made it sound that way by using the words "armed men to take you away" several times. But it doesn't work that way.
- Lilly FullerLv 44 years ago
Taxes are high... could all be solved by getting rid of half of the government leeches. We do not need all these people in our government. Even the secretaries, secretaries have secretaries. It is disgusting.!
- Max HooplaLv 74 years ago
The tax burden in the USA is lower than almost every other Western industrialized country.