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According to the Tax Policy Center, the top 1 percent of wage earners in the United States were taxed at a rate of 31.6 percent in 2008, while the lowest quintile of earners was taxed at a rate of 1.1 percent. Many consider this beneficial because it means that those who can afford to pay more taxes do, and those who are poor can spend more of their wages on essentials rather than on taxes.
To put this into perspective ... I am 29, middle class, bought my first house just last year, am raising a family of two. I am by no means that 1%. I paid, however, just over 24% in income tax alone. On top of that I have to pay state taxes and title fees just to get to work for that income. Property tax for the house.
You're worried about 1% of Americans? How about if that other 99% was paying their dues. Even just 15% tax?
I don't blame the few for this disparity, I blame the many. Theres a much bigger group of people out there dicking over our country and progressive taxation slows their financial growth and incentive to change.
Also, some argue that it is morally right that those who can afford to pay more in taxes should do so. Those that have very little income should be helped out by those who can afford to help. A progressive tax allows governments to collect money from those who can afford to pay, and uses it to help create a society that is more happy as a result.
Progressive taxation is income inequality. You can't fight fire with fire on this issue. It is quite simply creating an imbalance towards the other direction with the gross majority of us stuck in the middle (high taxes and no benefits ... the perfect storm).
It may be morally right for people who can pay more to do it, but it is morally wrong to make them do it. It takes all of the good out of charity if it is forced. It also takes all the appreciation for that charity out of the equation too. No one getting their welfare check ever sits down at the dinner table and gives thanks for it.
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They're actually giving up the same exact proportion ... because that's what a percentage is ... a proportion of 100% (the whole).
Some might argue that, but all argue that they don't want to be the ones paying the highest amounts for that to happen. It might be easier to swallow if that money was truly going to essentials alone. But when a person armed with an EBT card gets in front of me at the grocery store and ends up eating better than my family, and that little money they do make goes toward purchasing cable, internet, and apps on their smartphone ... that's when its a problem.
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