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Here 75 miles north of NY I know of no one who does not pay at least 25 % in State/local and property tax, never mind sales tax. And as self employed 16.4 % in SS/Med tax and 14 K in med ins, so if you only make 42 K a year as is average, we do in USA in fact pay far more in taxes (including med ins, which is always included in northern EU) than in real socialized northern EU countries, but we get far less, like college(for those with brains) or eldercare or disability care, which after all is 33 % of us.
So try to get the facts.--And try not to include in USA all those with government jobs, who after all get more than anyone else compared to regular people, like the former Soviet Union, before that debacle.
As a former NY state resident I am not shocked at its #1 status. My mom always wanted us to move back to NY but when she told us that the local school tax alone was just over $2000/year. We just said "we love you, but we can't afford NY". Still love the food with hometown visits always including the local eateries.
Because property taxes were the same rate across the state, a larger share of the tax burden was placed on middle-income homeowners compared with states where the wealthy have higher tax burdens.
Isn't the republican govenor a tea party favorite, and friend of the Koch bros....not happy with the far left, but the far right is just as bad....hit the middle class, and breaks for the wealthy
You can’t possibly be blaming Bush. Republicans don’t take responsibility for anything. And when I mean responsibility, I mean they are responsible for nothing.
Its all Bush's fault. What he did about 5 years ago was, I forget now. Please let the federal government spend their way out of this like they should, and give those who quit looking for work more hand outs. Its the American way! Hell, I may quit my job too. With the price of gas and taxes through the roof, I am much better off sitting home and collecting welfare. Please feel sorry for me too and just pay, Im entitled. Damn you Bush! at least for the next 4 years. Maybe if things dont get better, we can change the constitution for another term and blame bush longer and I can stay on welfare. Go Blue!
It won't be long before we're all just making C's and sitting in the back of the class.
Tell me what the difference is between spending and putting everyone in dept and not spending and putting everyone in the poor house. The people who are worried about dept are Social Darwinists, survival of the richest.
Interesting that all 5 of the highest tax state are liberal. More interesting is that at least 60% of them are totally broke or near broke. Hmmmm.......
With the same people in power its no surprise the the US is also broke, yet continuing to spend, spend, spend.
We don't have a tax problem. We have a spending problem. That is a fact that cannot be denied. Why would ANY American want to give more money to a govenment that has shown it doesn't respect it??? Yet, there is a large group of Americans that want to do just that very thing. I wonder how many those follks are actually paying federal taxes? I have yet to hear anyone from that group offering a reason as to HOW the economy will improve with higher taxes? I'm just a dumb conservitive, clue me in..please. And here is the dirty little secret for my liberal friends, Obama has dug the hole so deep that the portion of the middle class that pays nothing and the portion that does will be forced to suffer a big tax increase too. Howard Dean just came out last week and said that everyone will have to pony up, the "rich" "are just the begnning". So all of you liberal freeloaders, get ready to open your piggy bank, because there are not enough rich people in this country to cover the insane (and historic) spending that is taking place.
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