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For 2012's U.S. tax season ...

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I've filed the paperwork and sent money
  615 votes / 3%
I've yet to file the paperwork, will be sending money
  1853 votes / 10%
Still working on it; not sure which way it will tip
  2416 votes / 13%
I've filed the paperwork, expect a refund
  1768 votes / 10%
I've filed the paperwork, and gotten a refund already
  3663 votes / 20%
Why should I pay taxes to the U.S.?
  7313 votes / 41%
17628 total votes.
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  • by GodfatherofSoul (174979) on Tuesday March 12, 2013 @01:18PM (#43150559)

    "I like paying my taxes. With it i buy civilization."

  • Re:Spitting nails (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) on Tuesday March 12, 2013 @01:19PM (#43150571) Homepage
    I would go one step further voting day should be the day taxes are due. Although given how many people believe that a tax refund is free money from the government instead of the government returning excess money it took from you I doubt either would help much.
  • by rastos1 (601318) on Tuesday March 12, 2013 @04:14PM (#43152349) Homepage
    I paid my taxes expecting to get civilization in return. And all I got was corruption and expensive healthcare and education.
  • by cayenne8 (626475) on Tuesday March 12, 2013 @04:39PM (#43152607) Homepage Journal

    It sounds like you are implying that government benefits are the only or main reason that people voted for Obama.

    To paraphrase an old saying: "Democracies fail when the general public learns to vote themselves payments from the government coffers".

    I'd put forth that many of the moves by the current administration do see to steer more and more of the US population to become dependent upon govt subsidies, entitlements, and welfare programs.

    . Look at the increase numbers on the Food Stamp rolls last few years...that alone is somewhat of a telling number.

  • Not a good time (Score:5, Insightful)

    by miltonw (892065) on Tuesday March 12, 2013 @05:27PM (#43153253)
    I made less money in 2012 than 2011 but my tax bill went way up. We're totally screwed as a country and our children are doomed.

    Seriously, "Government waste" has become axiomatic, rampant and inevitable, and their only solution to our massive debt is "raise taxes"? We are so doomed.

    No one is responsible. No one can be brought to task for all that is bad, wasteful, stupid and useless in government. No one in government cares and no one outside of government has any power to change it.

    (To those who will bleat "Vote!": I do vote but the only choices likely to be elected are those thoroughly venal politicians who will continue the irresponsible spending. It is built into the election process that those who are committed to significantly and actually cutting the government spending will never get the big donations necessary to win. The big donors give the big bucks to politicians who will turn the federal faucet in their direction -- not turn it off. )
  • by Stele (9443) on Tuesday March 12, 2013 @05:35PM (#43153345) Homepage

    Yeah, who needs healthcare and education? Damn those elitist educated folk!

  • by rgmoore (133276) <glandauer@charter.net> on Tuesday March 12, 2013 @07:16PM (#43154269) Homepage

    And all I got was corruption and expensive healthcare and education.

    And police, fire departments, roads, parks, health inspectors, waste water treatment plants, food safety and labeling standards, etc. You know, the stuff that separates us from wonderful, civilized, government-free places like Somalia.

  • by NicBenjamin (2124018) on Wednesday March 13, 2013 @12:39AM (#43156323)

    I'd put forth that many of the moves by the current administration do see to steer more and more of the US population to become dependent upon govt subsidies, entitlements, and welfare programs.

    . Look at the increase numbers on the Food Stamp rolls last few years...that alone is somewhat of a telling number.

    You'd have a stronger argument if the rich states hadn't overwhelmingly supported Obama, and the poor states hadn't opposed him.

    A tax-the-hell-out-of-California-and-use-the-cash-to-bribe Mississippi strategy is not working when MS hates you.

    What's actually going on is simple. city folks demand more of their government, which means they vote for the tax-and-spend party. They think taxing-and-spending is the entire point of the government, so they're perfectly willing to pay high taxes.

    OTOH rural folks don't depend on the government, they don't believe the government is trustworthy, thus if you tell them "Obamacare will save you thousands" they probably won't believe you. And if they do believe you they'll vote against you anyway because saving people money is not the government's job.

  • Re:Spitting nails (Score:4, Insightful)

    by NicBenjamin (2124018) on Wednesday March 13, 2013 @12:55AM (#43156401)

    They try that in Europe. It's called VAT.

    Everyone says they hate it, but somehow they manage to collect more in taxes then we do, and still have less anti-tax activism...

  • by NicBenjamin (2124018) on Wednesday March 13, 2013 @01:22AM (#43156531)

    Uhh...

    You do realize that pretty much everything costs twice what it did 20 years ago without being much better? It's called inflation.

    As for civilization building, I suspect that Sergey Brin chose not to build google in a super-low-tax African state because he did not want to be kidnaped, and not being kidnapped requires police, who are paid with tax money.

  • by NicBenjamin (2124018) on Wednesday March 13, 2013 @01:54AM (#43156689)

    Wait a second, your sister in law has two kids and a husband who works, and you're calling her a welfare mother?

    Goddam you are an asshole.

  • by PraiseBob (1923958) on Wednesday March 13, 2013 @01:10PM (#43161065)
    I love supporting our welfare state.

    I love hearing rich people complain about having to pay society back.

The end of labor is to gain leisure.

 



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