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Would lowered governmental taxes lead to an increased standard of living in the long term?

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Started: 4/8/2016 Category: Economics
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Mfuss

Pro

I will be voting in favor of government taxes being lowered, in turn standard of living will be increased in the long term.

Please note that the long term is to be defined as: A time period greater than ten years.

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Round 2:
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Round 3:
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Round 4:
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Government taxes to include: Federal Income Tax, State and/or Local Income Tax, Payroll Tax, Unemployment Tax, Foreign Tax, and Value-Added Tax.

These are defined as below:

Federal Income Tax: A tax levied by a national government on annual income.

State and/or Local Income Tax: A tax levied by a state or local government on annual income. Not all states have implemented state level income taxes.

Payroll Tax: A tax an employer withholds and/or pays on behalf of their employees based on the wage or salary of the employee. In most countries, including the United States, both state and federal authorities collect some form of payroll tax. In the United States, Medicare and Social Security, also called FICA, make up the payroll tax.

Unemployment Tax: A federal tax that is allocated to state unemployment agencies to fund unemployment assistance for laid-off workers.

Foreign Tax: Income taxes paid to a foreign government on income earned in that country.

Value-Added Tax: A national sales tax collected at each stage of production or consumption of a good. Depending on the political climate, the taxing authority often exempts certain necessary living items, such as food and medicine from the tax.

Please change definitions of the taxes added if you are unsatisfied with the definitions above.
biblio

Con

As con I will take the position that lowered taxes will not increase the standard of living over the long term, a period described as greater than ten years.

As various states have various state taxes and as some states have no state tax, I would ask by what percentage should state taxes be lowered in states with taxes. I would ask if local taxes were to be lowered, by what percentage would they be lowered. I would also ask by what percentage federal government taxes should be lowered.

It would also be necessary for you to define "standard of living".

I look forward to debating you.
Debate Round No. 1
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biblio

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Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by dude100 1 year ago
dude100
before we had socialized policies we had monopolies, no labor laws and basically the situation we are in right now only it was worse back then. Every time the government makes businesses pay more they just lay off workers to compensate and work people harder rather than employing more people. what's worse about back then was that there weren't labor laws. Unsafe working conditions were tolerated politicians bribed "like Hillary Clinton" 8 year old children in sweatshops were employed to try and feed their families and when they got their fingers chopped off they were simply fired for not being able to keep up. This isn't a debate this is a matter of survival for our people and our country, for the love of god do not ask for lower taxes when we can't afford to lose what little we have. The crime rate in our country is starting to go up again if we go any lower tax-wise we'll have a catastrophe, think about what Egypt looked like last year that's what it's going to look like in our country very soon. Be smart, get an education in economics and then you'll know what I'm talking about, we are teetering by a thread between civilized society and chaos people will get even more desperate than they are right now and soon.
Posted by dude100 1 year ago
dude100
Economics is a subject of which I'm very educated in. In my professional opinion lowering taxes to little or non-existent would be catastrophic to our economy. Think for a second about the differences between socialism and capitalism. capitalism is the lack of government regulation on economics. This means free-for-all, anything and everything goes for the highest bidder (supply and demand). This includes soldiers, firefighters, police officers, doctors, lawyers ect... Having a totally free market means that firefighters will stand at the door and negotiate the price on what it would cost to save your kids, and soldiers would be mercenaries. In short, the lower taxes go, the higher the corruption rate. What we need is direct democracy for policies rather than politicians to ensure that taxes are high and within the power of the people. As of right now, since it is currently impossible to achieve that, our best alternative is to vote Bernie Sanders for president.
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