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Gary Varvel

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  1. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 2 years ago

    Ah, yes. Political posturing instead of anything constructive.

  2. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    @mikefive

    Or as those on the un employment line call it, reality. But hey Obama got his votes from the bottom 20% by demonizing the top 1 no 2% so what is the problem. He won

  3. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, about 2 years ago

    It just seems like such a cop-out to me that everyone blames the government for the bad economy. My dad (who’s never really much cared for the government) was born to a dirt-poor family in the worst year of the depression, has survived over seven decades of government and now lives in a big beautiful house with ample creature comforts and a decent retirement nest-egg.
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    People would do well to pry themselves from the crippling idea that someone other than YOU is always holding you back.

  4. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    @Chillbilly

    “People would do well to pry themselves from the crippling idea that someone other than YOU is always holding you back.”

    Chill, I don’t know how old you are but I am 66 and share much of your sentiment. I am not rich, miles away from being close to a one or two percenter, but I own my home, have a nest egg, worked and saved all my life. What bother me most today is I feel like the government has gotten too big and to involved in every facet of our lives. I also hate to see kids that look down their noses at jobs because they are “beneath them.” I eventually got a degree and worked in corporate America, but from my earliest youth I worked at whatever I could do to make money and aspired for more.

    In spite of all the harsh rhetoric here, I hope you and yours have a good holiday…

  5. ARodney

    ARodney said, about 2 years ago

    No tax increase on the rich in the amounts proposed has ever affected the economy one way or the other (other than paying off debt, which is good in the long term). It’s the taxes on those who actually make choices based on their taxes (which is the poor and the middle class) that matter. The presidents’ plan, preserving the tax cuts for now for the middle class and preserving the payroll tax cuts, would have made a difference. The Republicans plan would actively HURT job creation by destroying demand, huge tax breaks for the rich, higher taxes and lower benefits on the poor.

  6. Nohwear

    Nohwear said, about 2 years ago

    So you’re saying it is perfectly fine for corps to hold jobs hostage against any kind of regulation or taxes.

  7. Quipss

    Quipss said, about 2 years ago

    comic right, we all know everything is taxed so the president can make 150 billion dollars an hour.

    We all know that it is a reasonable decision for a company to reallocate in a muti-billion dollar decision over a 2% tax increase on profit margin, may take 78 years to pay it back but i like a long term thinker

    I’m sure millionaires will flee the USA over a 4% tax increase, may already have one of the lowest rates on earth due to deductions and loopholes but hell, i’m sure they will move to Nicaragua and sip wine with drug lords

    The truth is that taxation is necessary for services. Many companies receive subsidies from government when hiring new people, or bailouts or protection from financial foreclosure, albeit if it is only in bad times these companies will grovel

    Increases and Decreases in top marginal income bracket has never had a significant effect and while it is true that you should not copy France and jump the rate by 25% there has been no studies that show a 2% increase is harmful

  8. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 2 years ago

    @HOWGOZIT

    Falsehoods hurt even more. Most people are out of work not because they were making too much money but the owners wanted more money so the govt helped them go over seas to pay labor one tenth they do here.

  9. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Well if he just worked harder or worked for himself he wouldn’t be in that mess. Isn’t that how that republican meme goes?

  10. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 2 years ago

    @ARodney

    Some of the best times for this country and for everyone in it including the the top 10% with taxes from 50%-91%. Now the taxes have been low and see where it got us. Into a Depression waxing and waning over 40 years.

  11. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 2 years ago

    @gendotte

    Eisenhower: Recession Aug ’57-Apr ’58
    Eisenhower/Kennedy: Recession Apr ’60-Feb ’61

    Tax Rate 91% on income over $400,000 (Inflation adjusted: $3.8 million)

    Using inflation adjusted numbers that means that, now, a person making $3.8 million a year would only get to keep $295,000. I think that they may have had a bunch of tax deductions back under Eisenhower and Kennedy.

  12. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 2 years ago

    @Night-Gaunt49

    Since 1797 we have suffered through 46 recessions/depressions making for an average of 4.78 years between occurrences. Only four have occurred in the last 40 years. The current GDP decline is the greatest since 1945 (12.7% vs today at 5.1%). It must be noted that in earlier years, business activity dropped between 15% and 34%. We’re not doing nearly as badly as some make out but not nearly as well as we should either.

  13. Darren Blair

    Darren Blair said, about 2 years ago

    @HOWGOZIT

    Yep. A lot of the “top 1%” are the business owners that give everyone their jobs, and their pay comes out of the company’s profits… which means after operating expenses, which includes taxes.

  14. Darren Blair

    Darren Blair said, about 2 years ago

    @Harry Neuman

    Gobbled up by the recession and the uncertainty about Obama & co.

  15. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    @mikefive

    “Tax Rate 91% on income over $400,000 (Inflation adjusted: $3.8 million)

    Using inflation adjusted numbers that means that, now, a person making $3.8 million a year would only get to keep $295,000. I think that they may have had a bunch of tax deductions back under Eisenhower and Kennedy.”
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    If I understood what you are saying, I think the math is off:
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    First, 3,800,000 * .09 = 342,000. .09 = 100% minus 91%.
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    There were many brackets then and the 91% would apply only to the amout _over_3.8 million, not the entire amount. And if I read correctly, the 3.8 mil would not exceed the lower limit of the bracket and the 91% would apply to NONE of the 3.8 mil.
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    Hope I didn’t garble what you are saying.

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