Thursday, June 15, 2006

Cause and effect

Republican radio host Charlie Sykes explains why he didn't attend the hearing on Milwauukee Area Technical College's budget:
Actually, I was at home, working, making money to pay my taxes.
Actually, Charlie, the reason you pay so much in taxes is because you make so much money, not vice versa.

That little misunderstanding may be the root cause of a lot of his unhappiness and help explain his philosophy. It's common among conservatives, especially in the upper income bracket.

16 Comments:

At 8:42 AM, Blogger Chris said...

yes it is common for people to want to keep thier own money

Once again as you attack someone who is making money I ask you to show us the single wide trailor that poor poor Xoff lives in.

 
At 8:50 AM, Blogger Xoff said...

I don't claim to be poor. But I also don't complain about paying taxes. I have more than I ever expected to, and do not mind paying my share.

 
At 9:27 AM, Blogger Other Side said...

Oops, Chris forgot a period this time and his spelling took a step backwards, AND he forgot to mention that his wife works, leaving poor Chris at home.

 
At 10:59 AM, Blogger Deedub420 said...

I all I ever hear from Dems is that the evil wealthy don't pay taxes and only the middle class and poor do. But now you're saying the wealthy DO pay taxes. I'm so confused........

 
At 12:19 PM, Blogger Xoff said...

I believe the term you're looking for is "fair share."

Bush's tax cuts have insured that the richest people in this country don't pay it.

 
At 12:37 PM, Blogger Sven said...

yes it is common for people to want to keep thier own money

I tried that line with my landlord, yet curiously he keeps demanding that I write him a check for the rent. The bastard.

I all I ever hear from Dems is that the evil wealthy don't pay taxes

They don't pay enough taxes. To continue the metaphor, it's ridiculous to expect to live in the penthouse and not pay higher rent than the guy living at garden level.

The rich get astronomically higher utility out of the things the government provides: security, physical infrastructure, a (somewhat) healthy and well-educated workforce, the Federal Reserve and regulation of financial markets, enforcement of patent protections, securing cheap energy supplies in the Middle East...etc. etc. etc. All these things provide a huge return on investment to someone with the means to invest - but virtually none to the guy living at garden level making minimum wage.

Amazingly, in addition to all these benefits, there's an eager pool of suckers - GOP voters - willing to step up and argue that the rich should enjoy the dividends of the system without even making the investment - indeed, that the rest of the tenants should all pick up the rent for the penthouse.

Vat a country!

 
At 12:38 PM, Blogger Deedub420 said...

So when MATC raises taxes by $14 a person/household and water goes up $18. Who does it hurt the most? The poor or the rich?

 
At 12:51 PM, Blogger Xoff said...

The poor. But who complaints the most? The rich.

 
At 1:53 PM, Blogger Deedub420 said...

So you admit that you're in favor of an idea that hurts the poor in Milwaukee. Wow I never thought I'd see the day.

 
At 2:09 PM, Blogger Xoff said...

So do you think Sykes can afford the $14 or not?

 
At 2:48 PM, Blogger Karliots said...

Sven, you claim the rich don't pay their fair share of taxes:

The Top 50% pay 96.54% of All Income Taxes
The Top 1% Pay More Than a Third: 34.27%

What %'s would you like to see so that you'd agree the rich are paying their fair share? 99.9% and 75%?

 
At 4:02 PM, Blogger Other Side said...

Another stooge for the rich. Where do they keep finding these guys?

 
At 9:39 PM, Blogger MichaelBasford said...

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At 9:45 PM, Blogger MichaelBasford said...

other side:Another stooge for the rich. Where do they keep finding these guys?

Karliots comes from those drooling losers who frequent rushlimbaugh.com - where the 34.27% spin comes from.

Guess what: based on the numbers Drugbo cites (http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-soi/03in05tr.xls) the share of the top one percent has been reduced nearly 10% since the start of the Bush "Administration". Anybody know how many billions that translates to? Karliots?...Bueller?...Bueller?...

 
At 10:32 PM, Blogger Deedub420 said...

So because Sykes can afford to pay the $14, he can't voice his opinion on it?

 
At 9:42 AM, Blogger Xoff said...

Lest we forget, DDub, this post was about Sykes' assertion that the reason he works is to pay his taxes, instead of acknowledging that he pays taxes because he makes a lot of money.

 

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