Taxing the rich
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I would like to thank my opponent for this debate.
Now my opponent's main (and only argument) thus fair is that the rich get should help the poor. His basis is that because the rich get more out of society, they should also contribute more. But let's be frank here: the rich already DO contribute much more to society than the poor do. Who is starting business? Who is firing other poor people to come and work for them? Who is creating startup, innovate companies such as Apple that then turn out to be one of the wealthiest and influential companies of this century? Certainly not the poor. So are the rich contributing their fair share to society? Certainly. The top 1% of the US economy pay almost 40% of Federal Taxes . The top 25% pays almost 90%! So to claim that the rich are should contribute "more" when they are paying for 90% of the taxes while 75% of America only pays for 10% is simply preposterous.
Additionally, higher taxes for the rich is basically "punishing" people for their hard work. Most people are not simply born rich.. They acquire wealth through either being innovative and paving their own way, or by many years of hard and difficult schooling (think law school and medical school), so that they can one day use their acquired abilities to serve the greater community.
So let's get the the bottom of this: exactly why do we pay taxes? Taxes help pay for public services and institutions. Public education, public health services, welfare, etc, etc. Now who's actually using these public services? Almost exclusively the poor. So is it fair for the rich to be taxed more when they are already paying more for services that they don't even use? I would argue certainly not.
I would like to forward the motion that a flat-taxation rate is much more fair than taxing the rich more than the poor, especially when taken into account how much more the poor benefit from taxes.
starryeyes forfeited this round.
I'll forfeit this round as well. I urge you to vote against the notion!
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