I guess you can say that ALL taxes are taking something away from someone. The government doesn't have to do a thing to earn it. They just take it.
Guess what though. We have to have taxes for the good of society. Keep that in mind- the good of society. Government has the right to slice the pie (money) how they want.
A problem with the economy is that so much of our money (society's wealth) is LOCKED in the hands of the top 1%. These are people who don't necessarily work harder than the paycheck to paycheck 40+ hour per week working class citizens who make this country work. Many are descendants of descendants who at one time might have even been a slave owner.
No, we can't just hand out free paychecks to everyone, but the pot needs to be stirred a bit. Imagine if some money from a billionaire that would otherwise go towards ensuring that his great x1000 grandchildren will never have to work a day in their life went to help John Q. Public start a business, a BIG business that happens to require a lot of money. That will really stimulate the economy.
I agree with the encouraging having babies comment, but there are things people just need. For example, healthcare has to be provided for those like me who just can't afford it. It just has to. And if you think "ugh, there are better things to spend money on" you will have to answer to the man upstairs when you die. Not saying it should be universal, but no one should have to die because they simply can not afford to have healthcare. That money has to come from somewhere and what better way than taking away a couple million of someones BILLION dollar salary. The billionare will still be richer than anyone can possibly imagine and we can ensure the lower working class has health insurance.
Makes more sense than "Thats my money, get your own"
But I just want you to imagine something. Just for fun, imagine that you are stuck on an island (plane crash). There are 10 of you. You know you will be rescued in 20 days. No one has food except for 1 fat man who packed enough food to feed an army. He has enough food to let everyone survive until rescue arrives. But he wishes not to share. Is that his right? I mean, shucks, he came prepared and you didn't. Thats his food.
I don't want to sound like a socialist, but I don't see MONEY as a rock hard solid possession. You don't really "keep" money. Its meant to be circulated around. You're not even allowed to burn your own money. So as long as there are taxes, everyones money is subject to funding the public good. Everyone needs to pay their fair share
. You can not expect to use the same public roads and services without paying your fair share.
Once again, I'm not suggesting taking a ton of money from the rich and give it to people so they won't have to work. The economy is a pot that needs to be stirred. Without any intervention, the few will end up owning all the wealth and we will basically be their slaves with will send us back to draconian times.
Edited by TheEgg, 10 September 2011 - 05:53 AM.