I assume since most of us that post here are in the top two brackets of wealth on the chart Plato posted that all of you are more than willing to pay substantially more in taxes. However, Remember that wealth and income are not the same thing. You can have significant wealth with very little income. Most midwest farmers fit in that category as well as some big landowners in the south. While Wikipedia is a good place to start, various government sites are much better,
By the way Rickaroo, at various times in my life I have worked on all of those "low income" jobs. I was grateful I had a job and I was continually looking for something better. Most people in low income jobs move out of them in a short period of time just as most people at the top income level move down at some point. That is what makes capitalism so great. It would be nice sometime if you could reply to someone without calling them a name. However, I have found out over the years that most liberals have to resort to name calling to try and get their point across when they don't have a valid arguement.
Irene Dowdell says "All tax loopholes should be closed, and everyone should pay their fair share of taxes so the country can prosper. If this happens, we can all move forward -- not just a few of us."
I agree, Irene. Now answer this. What is a fair share? Is it a set percentage or is it a dollar amount? Do you think the almost 50% that don't pay any income tax now should pay their fair share? Since the top 20% of income earners now pay over 80% of the income taxes collected, don't you think they are paying their fair share?
Ms. Falinski, None of thse services are free. Someone has to pay the doctors, lab techs, nurses, and medical office workers for you to get them. They are not going to perform the tests and services pro bono. Therefore the costs are picked up by the people paying the insurance premiums and, if the patient doesn't have insurance, then the taxpayers. People with insurance will see premiums and/or taxes go up. Sooner or later either the government or insurance companies will begin to "ration" health care because of the costs.
Bennett's cartoon is offensive. Any child under 18 is considered a minor and a parent's or guardian’s permission is required for almost all things medical (operations, prescriptions, etc0. Contraceptives should require the same permission.
Ms. Landis says that 277,183 children used the arts facilities. How? The Chattanooga population is only 167,674 (That's adults, children and everyone. Even if you take in the surrounding area. The number of children would be hard to confirm. The true number, if youdon't count children twice is probably more like 20,000-25,000 total.