LOL! It's funny, when I was typing my responses in the "Capital Punishment" thread, I kept thinking, "Maybe we should make another topic out of this - the stuff I'm typing has NOTHING to do with capital punishment! You beat me to it!
I'll copy and paste what I put in the other threads:
Efiebke, I understand your point about the tax cut, but I disagree with you. I heard on the radio the other day that the top 50% of wage earners in this country (which I'm pretty sure includes all of us) pay somewhere around 97% of ALL the federal taxes. "The poor" barely pay taxes as it is. Some of them don't pay taxes at all.
I don't know why people never explore their hatred/envy of "the rich" (not directed at you personally, just my own view). They don't like taxes being taken from their own paychecks, but they have NO problem with more money being taken from "the rich".
I'm not rich (by ANY shade of the imagination), but if I don't want more taxes being taken from me, should I think it's o.k. for more to be taken from someone else? They're not "giving" money to "the rich" - they're letting them keep more of WHAT THEY'VE ALREADY EARNED. Isn't that what we always complain about - not being able to keep what we've already earned?
Efiebke, I admit to being a conservative - I'm conservative as a person, so I tend to line up more with conservative thinking. I'm curious, would you prefer things to be more "liberal", and the answer to everything be a social program that WE pay for? I think that's just as dangerous as you are portraying "this conservative approach".
I don't have a problem with some of my tax money being used to help people - but where does it end? And is it the government's job to be doing it all? You could justify taking everything we earn to help the poor, the underprivileged, etc. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big believer in supporting charity - with my money, my time as a volunteer, and donating items as well. If I were able to keep more of my money, I'd be able to give even more to charity. I know that not everyone shares that intention for their money, but that's part of why I am in favor of tax cuts.