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Tom Toles

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  1. Ottodesu

    Ottodesu said, over 3 years ago

    Brilliant cartoon!
    Lots of applicable captions:
    - Peace in the Middle East
    - Fundamental Religionists and Evolution
    - Capitalism
    - Communism
    - etc

  2. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 3 years ago

    Well, most either don’t pay any taxes or just file a 1 page 1040 EZ, so the rest of us just use an accountant once a year.
    The only problem is that taxes are way too high and the Spendocrats just want them higher.

  3. narrowminded

    narrowminded said, over 3 years ago

    Get rid of Obamacare for starters. It is a tax, after all.

  4. edinbaltimore

    edinbaltimore GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    So I guess you want to go back to the 1890s, where there was no income tax? Society relied on churches, charities, poor houses, orphanages and debtor’s prisons. How’d that work for PEOPLE? Maybe you should read Charles Dickens! Those who are in favor of a “flat tax” or a “fair tax” are usually those who think THEIR taxes are too high, but everyone else doesn’t pay enough. A 10% tax wouldn’t cover the Defense Department budget, let alone the safety net we need for the truly poor. Reagan’s “welfare Cadillac” was on point, TO A POINT! Most on welfare are white, and most don’t want to be there. We need to quit demonizing the many because of the few.

  5. JmcaRice

    JmcaRice GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    the current tax code has been built by Democrats and Republicans. How about a progressive flat tax of 20% for all income over $50,000; and a 0% rate for income under that amount. No deductions and no loopholes.

  6. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 3 years ago

    “The Remissness of our People in Paying Taxes is highly blameable; the Unwillingness to pay them is still more so. I see, in some Resolutions of Town Meetings, a Remonstrance against giving Congress a Power to take, as they call it, the People’s Money out of their Pockets, tho’ only to pay the Interest and Principal of Debts duly contracted. They seem to mistake the Point. Money, justly due from the People, is their Creditors’ Money, and no longer the Money of the People, who, if they withold it, should be compell’d to pay by some Law.
    “All Property, indeed, except the Savage’s temporary Cabin, his Bow, his Matchcoat, and other little Acquisitions, absolutely necessary for his Subsistence, seems to me to be the Creature of public Convention. Hence the Public has the Right of Regulating Descents, and all other Conveyances of Property, and even of limiting the Quantity and the Uses of it. All the Property that is necessary to a Man, for the Conservation of the Individual and the Propagation of the Species, is his natural Right, which none can justly deprive him of: But all Property superfluous to such purposes is the Property of the Publick, who, by their Laws, have created it, and who may therefore by other Laws dispose of it, whenever the Welfare of the Publick shall demand such Disposition. He that does not like civil Society on these Terms, let him retire and live among Savages. He can have no right to the benefits of Society, who will not pay his Club towards the Support of it. “
    -- Benjamin Franklin, December 25, 1783, in a letter to Robert Morris.

  7. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 3 years ago


    To say nothing of all of those unimportant things that exist almost solely because “We The People” have prevailed upon our government to bring them into existence. Things like the police, and the criminal justice system, which is what actually protects us from criminals and terrorists, fire fighters and their expensive equipment that rescue us im times of our greatest needs, Dams and power-plants and the systems that distribute our electricity (without which we would not even be communicating here at all). Safe food, water, and even in some cases the air we breath. The highways that allow us to be (well, maybe except for rush hours) the most mobile human beings in human history, You know, unimportant things like those that allow some 320 million Americans to live a relatively good life. You only get what your are willing to pay for in this life, I would think that would be a great truth even for ultra conservatives!!

  8. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 3 years ago

    Ed in Baltimore is quite correct. How many of the people who support “flat taxes” and “fair taxes” believe that their own taxes would be increased by such a system, and support it anyway? Or do they think such a system would raise other people’s and lower their own? In what camp do you find most of those who favor changes in the tax code, any changes, which are to their own personal disadvantage? That should tell you something.
    For those who think it basic fairness that all citizens pay the same percentage in tax, how about this: a flat property tax that assesses a percentage of each person’s net worth, no matter in what form, no matter where located? See how much support such an idea would get!

  9. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 3 years ago

    “But the consequences of this enormous inequality producing so much misery to the bulk of mankind, legislators cannot invent too many devices for subdividing property … [ One ] means of silently lessening the inequality of property is to exempt all from taxation below a certain point, and to tax the higher portions of property in geometrical progression as they rise.”
    Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, October 18, 1785.

  10. edinbaltimore

    edinbaltimore GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    And isn’t it interesting that the Tea Party/ Republicans/ Scalia ALWAYS cite “original intent” without reading/understanding WHAT our founders said/argued about?And HOW they changed/COMPROMISED to get the best they could at the time!

  11. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, over 3 years ago

    What anyone other than rich and connected people fail to realize is that taxation in America is about redistributing wealth to the wealthy.

    The government pays huge sums to corporate agriculture to do nothing and the sums are returned to shareholders and executives.

    The government provides marginal healthcare to poor and old people so that Wal-Mart doesn’t have to and its heirs can be toxically rich.

    The government builds roads, rails, airports, sports stadiums, etc. so that corporations don’t have to—even if they are extremely profitable.

    The government allows people who buy homes to subsidize the cost of it with a mortgage deduction—owners of multi-million dollar mansions are being subsidized by poor renters who pay income tax but can’t afford to buy a home.

    The government engages in massive, reckless adventures with extremely expensive military weaponry so that oil companies and other multinationals will have their kind of “stability” in certain regions.

    I could go on and on.

    If we want to talk about tax fairness, and pay-as-you-go government, consider that the wealthy are getting a MUCH better deal today than they would with a 10% flat tax.

  12. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, over 3 years ago

    4my10851cs: Yeah, the poor would lose milk for their kids, the middle would lose their lottery money, and the rich would never notice.

  13. Justice22

    Justice22 said, over 3 years ago

    “Let people keep what they earn? Would that be so hard?”
    I would like to give you what you ask for, living in a world with no taxes for a year.

  14. kamwick

    kamwick said, over 3 years ago


    Excellent. Unfortunately, the so-called “job creators” forget from whence their ability to do business comes. I have actually heard a well to do, self-avowed “tea partier” claim that he didn’t care if “people were dying in the streets as long as my taxes are low”. Mr. Franklin would obviously have something to say to him.

  15. kamwick

    kamwick said, over 3 years ago


    Excellent points, Chillbilly.

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