pugsville wrote:Progressive tax system as the rich fundamentally get more of the benefits of society.
Bluto, pugsville and Saeko have gotten it exactly right. The rich now see to it that the poor can just subsist on 1 job and there usually are not jobs open so everyone can have 2 jobs. Right now AFAIK there are IIRC 10 M empty jobs, but google says there a 157 M people in America working. Doing the math gives enough jobs now for about 1/6 to have 2 full time jobs.
The rich have rigged the system so that the working poor can't pay another 20% of their income. They already pay 14% FICA tax on every dollar they earn. No deductions for anything.
There is no way the economy will work if a flat 20% income tax is stacked on top of the 14% FICA and state and local taxes, WITHOUT a huge pay increase
for the working poor.
Bluto, this plan without any changes will result in mass riots. People will not see their kids starve while the food stores are full of food.
Bluto, I can't understand your POV. The US is the richest large nation the world has ever known. And it has more homelessness than it ever did in the past. It is a huge problem. Tenn. just made it a felony to camp out in most places. A felony. Tenn. would not be doing this unless homelessness was a big problem. This is going to cost taxpayers big money to arrest, jail, try in court, and often send to prison (prison costs about $40 K/year, at least).