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  1. kreole

    kreole said, over 3 years ago

    That’s a misleading comic…..the richest 2% actually create most of the jobs in our economy. They don’t put their money into cigar boxes…they invest it in the market place which is an economic engine…beginning with agriculture which is the main pump.

  2. grapfhics

    grapfhics said, over 3 years ago

    and even that is now part of the “overseas” investment program. How much of the you eat comes from an area that is within 4 hours of where you live?

  3. myming

    myming GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    a gop running out of money ? oh, yeah, it’s a cartoon…

  4. crabbyrino

    crabbyrino GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I can’t be out of money, I have checks left

  5. Beenthere

    Beenthere said, over 3 years ago

    So, the Democrats are more charitable to the unemployed, because they generously spend other tax payer’s money?

    I think the Obamas, with the multiple vacations, especially the one to Spain recently, and all the democrats who went first class to Copenhagen to the climate change conference (In limos, no less!) are feeling little pain in sacrificing for the poor in this country.

    To be fair, I agree the Republicans are no better–they waste our tax dollars supporting unnecessary wars and permitting republican ex-homeland boss Chernoff to become filthy rich selling his porno scanners for TSA.

  6. Clark  Kent

    Clark Kent said, over 3 years ago

    Two words, “roast elephant”.

  7. C. A. Brobst

    C. A. Brobst GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Oh yeah, kreole, your superrich masters created so many jobs during the trickle down Bush Administration that it busted the country. The sad reality is that Millionaires and billionaires hoard their money in the few largest banks or bet it on the stock market. The NYSE is so divorced from reality that it’s just a big poker game. Most of the actual money goes to paying million dollar bonuses. They are all a bunch of Bernie Madoffs. Those 2% holding 85% of all wealth need to be taxed at Reagan era rates or higher. Taxes are how ordinary people like you and me get the wages we were never fully paid, (the aristocracy also holds down wages below market value) money for cops, hospitals, schools, and firemen.

  8. Wing-Nut

    Wing-Nut said, over 3 years ago

    Firstly, just how is taxing the rich into poverty supposed to improve the lives of everyone else? Secondly, what will happen when there are no more rich left to tax? Thirdly, those making over 200 thousand per year are mostly small business owners who have their businesses registered as personal income because they are not large enough to be a corporation, so taxing the small business owner more is a good idea then? What will happen when the small business owner has to fire people to keep the business afloat?

    If you wanted a fair system of taxation then put a flat tax rate into effect and close the loopholes that allow those with money to avoid paying taxes. Before some of you on this site begin the rant that a flat tax rate favors the rich please remember your mathematics; 15% of 30,000 is 4,500 while 15% of 200,000 is 30,000 now which number is bigger? When someones annual taxes will be what your gross annual income is you shouldn’t really be complaining.

    On another note C.A Brobst, ordinary people don’t get extra wages from taxes I assume you mean the refund many get from taxes, that is money that you OVERPAID to the government in the form of taxes on your income. It is not free money to make up for your lower wages. I don’t think you understand how taxes work, the collecting of them nor the usage of them.

  9. pavlov

    pavlov said, over 3 years ago

    people keep talking about the top 2%, but the proposed tax rate is for people starting at 200K far less than the top 2% These are doctors, dentists small business owners etc. Also the money for cops, hospitals, schools, and firemen is gathered at the state and local level,not by the feds.

  10. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    The Huxtables need the money. Wealth envy, and naked class warfare. Tell me this if we taxed the upper 5% at 50% what kind of dent would that put in the National dept?

  11. W(ar).Crime

    W(ar).Crime said, over 3 years ago

    ^^How so? Warren Buffet says his secretary pays more in taxes than he does.

    Wing Nut nobody is advocating taxing the rich to poverty nor is anyone saying than we should tax small businesses heavily. Also the definition of a small business keeps changing to include corporations.

    According to the Small Business Administration a company is a small business if it has less than 500 employees. Won’t hear this on Fox news.

  12. SaltWaterCroc

    SaltWaterCroc said, over 3 years ago

    If anyone has looked at the growing gap between the top 2% and the rest of us, you will realize all they are doing is creating more at the top. Most of this is due to policies enacted starting with Reagan. Argentina was considered a banana republic in the 1940s, when the top 1% owned 20% of all the income in the country. In the US now, the top 1% own over 24% of the income in the country. The rich get richer, the rest of us just learn to live with a lower standard of living than what our parents had.

  13. 4uk4ata

    4uk4ata said, over 3 years ago

    “Firstly, just how is taxing the rich into poverty supposed to improve the lives of everyone else”

    Oh, sorry, you meant “taxing the rich more than 35% on the income they make in excess of 250000 USD per year.” Small difference there. If I’m not mistaken, that max income tax rate is ONLY on money earned in excess of the first 250000 (on which there are lower rates). I’d say that 250K alone is hardly “poverty” apart from anything else, but that’s another story.

    Anyway, how could it improve anything? Well, for starters, by reducing the share of taxes that other people pay - you know, the guys who make 100k or LESS per year - and by providing services/benefits to all people. You know, like what had happened between the 40s and 60s when the top income tax bracket was over 90%, compared to the 35% now and iirc 39 under Clinton.

    “Secondly, what will happen when there are no more rich left to tax”

    Considering that there WERE some very rich people in the 40s-80s period, that’s a rather theoretical question unless the top tax rate approaches 80%. In which case, people making 10 million USD per year now would be making 2 million. Still sounds like rich people to me. Speaking of that period, the US wasn’t doing too badly then, was it? Fancy how things went downhill when LBJ lowered taxes and started a war…

    “Thirdly, those making over 200 thousand per year are mostly small business owners”

    Hey, congrats to anyone who can make over 200k per year with a small business, but let’s keep things into perspective - the tax rate increase, iirc, would mostly cover the income he makes in excess of 200k . Again, it is unpleasant, but it’s hardly “grinding you back to poverty.” You still make more after taxes - and a 4-5% increase won’t be the end of the world, any more than the TEFRA in 1982 was. Actually, things kinda went uphill after it, but that’s another story.

    And hey, I’m all for closing loopholes, that needs to be done either way. But let’s be realistic about the flat tax - it could work, but it won’t be better for everybody. If the US were to collect the same amount of money as it does now via a flat tax, for a lot of people - especially those making under 100k - it would mean higher taxes. After all, when the rich pay less than they do now, that extra money has to come from somewhere else.

  14. RunninOnEmpty

    RunninOnEmpty said, over 3 years ago

    Wingnut: “just how is taxing the rich into poverty supposed to improve the lives of everyone else? Secondly, what will happen when there are no more rich left to tax?” I will agree completely that this would be very bad if there were any reason to fear these things. But the fact is the uppre class has been hoarding an alarmingly bigger share of the total wealth for 30 years, and since the bailouts it’s accelerated to dangerous proportions. Your fears are warranted, but directed at the wrong problem at this point. Also, the Dem proposal on taxes is to keeps cuts for ALL, but just up to the first $250K.

  15. crabbyrino

    crabbyrino GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Any see the stock market ticker about bank stocks yesterday? Even in our rural area, all the banks are showing profits, yet are reluctant to loan out money. My accessible savings pays .4%, while my mortgage at the same bank is @6.12%. Banks are crying with a ham under each arm. Hello coffee can in the back yard!

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