A Mystery??

@laglen (19782)
United States
January 16, 2011 1:31pm CST
A CBS poll http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20028612-503544.html says 77% of Americans prefer cutting spending to raising taxes to get a handle on the budget, wow, I wonder what that 9% who want to raise taxes are thinking. Is there anybody here who actually doesnt think we should cut spending? Is this a mystery? Did I miss something?
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• Canada
16 Jan 11
Maybe there are people who feel business taxes should be raised. Some businesses make a lot of money and pay very little tax, percentage-wise, compared to individuals. However, I agree with the above answer that there are people who may want SOME taxes raised, just not THEIRS...
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
16 Jan 11
you have to be careful raising business taxes, that stops job growth
• Canada
17 Jan 11
Yes, well, I don't agree with the fact that companies will slash jobs in order to keep their hundreds of millions of dollars in profits when taxes are raised. They can afford to pay the taxes, and should, and it should come out of their obscenely unneccessary profits (I'm obviously talking about the huge corporations here, not small businesses.) However, it is a reality that this happens, so yes, business taxes will be lowered to attract companies that charge way too much for cheap products that are designed to break, because we need the jobs they have to give. Nothing about economy/finances/taxes is simple, unfortunately
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
17 Jan 11
I agree that nothing here is simple. And you can hate big business but bottom line, this is where the jobs come from. Each big business started as a small business. When they pass these laws to hit the big guys, it is generally the small guys that pay. Incidentally, say you have a kid mowing your lawn every week for $20. He does a good job, you could do it your self or another kid down the road could do it for $10. Your monthly expenses have risen for the month due to the cost of gas and groceries. What do you do, cut his pay, fire him or let your family go with out so that you can continue to pay him what you cant afford?
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
17 Jan 11
Common sense tells us that there could be a combination of both...We should get rid of the ridiculous over spending done by Congress for programs that just keep them in office...We should get rid of Unnecessary Bureaucracy at all levels. Then if there are areas that need it and the cuts were not enough( although I think there would be)certain taxes could be raised.
@laglen (19782)
• United States
18 Jan 11
I dont know about you, but I cant afford another penny.
• Canada
19 Jan 11
Hehe, try living in Ontario, Canada, where the lowest tax bracket gets 21.5% taken off their taxes (15% federal, 6.5% provincial) and THEN CPP (Canada Pension Plan) contributions are deducted, as well as an E.I. premium (forget how high that percentage is) and THEN we pay 13% sales tax on everything... And yet, the level of public service keeps going down. We're paying for crazily inflated political salaries. If I can support a family on less than 20,000 a year, no one needs to be making 150,000 (or sometimes way more) plus benefits, plus perks, plus padded expense accounts to be a "public servant" I love how it's only the people who can well afford to pay for their own food, hotel stays, etc that get to write them off on the taxpayer's dime.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
20 Jan 11
Isnt that the truth? Like having to have money to borrow money.
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
19 Jan 11
Apparently they think that the government is doing such a fantastically efficient job spending money that they just want to give them more to play with!! Doesn't make sense, does it?
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
20 Jan 11
Throwing good money after bad. Makes PERFECT sense!
@KrauseHome (34783)
• United States
17 Jan 11
Personally I have never understood how they think raising the Taxes on things will solve a lot of their defecit issues? When we have to keep on paying more $$ and more $$ to save something just because they thought raising Taxes would solve something instead of forcing them to cut back it makes you wonder. For example look at the housing situation, all the Banks we thought we were saving and the Car companies? It is only continuing to kill us Taxpayers while they continue to pull the blinders over their eyes.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
17 Jan 11
Good point and those are losing battles. How about bail out people instead of banks??
@Rollo1 (16659)
• Boston, Massachusetts
17 Jan 11
I was more surprised by the mere 2% who answered "I Don't Know". It is my contention that in order to be a real poll, you have to have a 4%- 10% "don't know" response. Of course 9% said to do both, meaning that they couldn't choose between the two. I guess that is sort of like "I dunno..(*shrug*)". But that 9% that thinks spending is good and taxes are too low is about the same percentage of people that believe that violent rhetoric caused the Arizona shooting. This is the same percentage that still watch the mainstream media and believe what they hear there. I guess they are thinking what they've been told to think.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
17 Jan 11
That does make things easier. Not having to think for yourself...
@katsmeow1213 (29020)
• United States
16 Jan 11
They are probably the people who have so much money that they really don't care. If I were wealthy enough, I'd vote to pass budgets that would raise our taxes, because sometimes these things are necessary to move forward, especially when thinking about the local school budget. With the cost of living increasing, obviously the cost to pay teachers and staff increases, the cost of text books increase, etc. So the schools need more money, which comes from the tax payers. So, in a sense I can see where raising taxes would be important if we could afford it. However, the majority of us cannot afford it as it is.. so raising taxes would mean we're mostly working just to pay taxes!
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
16 Jan 11
yep and I am getting sick of working for congress
@topffer (32991)
• France
16 Jan 11
In every poll you have always at least 2% that are against everything, but 9% is high. Have you really 7% of politicians in the USA ?
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
16 Jan 11
haha good point. That might be about right!
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