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Just a bunch of examples of how the tax code allows the federal government to discriminate among US citizens and politicians manipulate it to buy votes.
We should implement an Equal Tax. Equal per head per US citizen. If it does not generate the revenue desired by the federal government, either raise the tax or cut spending on those items not explicitly called for by the constitution.
I think they should let us deduct our car insurance its mandatory to have it so I think we should be able to deduct it just saying
Virtually everything this government touches ends up a mess, from schools to the post office, IRS, how about space exploration or border control, even defense. We can't even stop a war much less win one or even define why we are in it. The department of energy was created to get us energy free, and now that we are working toward that with natural gas fracking, the government (EPA) is trying to limit that. Amazing.
And the majority of Americans want government health care, well it does make some sense when you consider most of us went to public (government) schools and that is where most of us obtained our reasoning skills.
Okay, they let a woman write off breast implants to get bigger tips? Did they tax those cash tips she received? I think this is stupid. However, I do think those of us that adopt rescue animals should be allowed to write off vet bills and food. It costs a lot annually to take care of these fat cats and hog dogs! But I'd rather not see them euthanized.
As a former police officer and current tax attorney I have to make a comment regarding all the comments posted on this story:
1). most of the deductions in this story are legal under current tax law, there are some which are highly questionable.
2). current tax laws are written to highly favor the rich, and are the primary reason for the income gaps we see in this country.
3). we see people constantly complaining about welfare and food stamp recipients while the biggest beneficiaries of welfare in this country are the rich and corporations.
4). for reasons to numerous to go into a flat tax rate is about the dumbest idea ever proposed. the main reason is that it will mainly benefit the rich and have devastating effects on the middle class.
5). Given tax breaks to the rich does nothing to help the economy. The true "job creators" in this country are the middle class.
6). the US economy is mainly based on consumer spending. The rich can only buy so many houses, cars and other things. When more of the middle class has money to spend on housing, cars, clothing they spend it and jobs are created.
7). the recent farm bill passed by congress guarantees at least a 14% profit at minimum to the Insurance Companies who back the farm subsidies, there is no maximum limit on the profits they can make.
8) MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHILE CUTTING FOOD STAMPS FOR THE POOR WROTE INTO THE BILL PROVISIONS THAT ALLOW THEMSELVES TO RECEIVE FARM SUBSIDIES AT TAX PAYER EXPENSE. ONE CONGRESSMAN WHO RANTED AND RAVED AGAINST FOOD STAMPS RECEIVED $3.85 MILLION DOLLARS IN FARM SUBSIDIES JUST LAST YEAR. HOWEVER, HE CLAIMS THAT IT IS UNCHRISTIAN TO PROVIDE FOOD STAMPS TO THE POOR.
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