[rescue] Computerfests (was: first real server hardware)

Lionel Peterson lionel4287 at verizon.net
Sun Apr 18 08:23:19 CDT 2004

Sorry... Couldn't let these slide...

> From: Andrew Weiss <ajwdsp at cloud9.net>
> Date: 2004/04/17 Sat PM 11:13:04 GMT
> To: The Rescue List <rescue at sunhelp.org>
> Subject: Re: [rescue] Computerfests (was: first real server hardware)

> You are married/civilly united etc... you get no breaks (No
> more gay marriage problem...)

It's called the marriage PENALTY - I don't pay less taxes filing jointly, I pay more.

> you have kids... you get no breaks (No more problem with welfare 
> moms...)

I'm sure welfare moms get pregnant dreaming of the $1,000 DEDUCTION they are not entitled to, since they don't pay taxes, they're on WELFARE, remember?

Don't get me started on "deductions" that are owed to folks that don't pay taxes (heady-explody)...
> Pure income and cost of living.

What about a pure consumption tax? Oh, that is abusive to low-income people.

Flat tax? It's a trick, the majority won't trust it.

Abusive tax rate? High-earners leave, putting a bigger burden on those at the lower end of the spectrum.

Sliding tax rate with many opportunities to deduct income - financial darwinisim - only the smart "succeed" (they study the tax code and arrange their financial matters accordingly)... ANd yes, bing rich and hiring a smart person to do your taxes does qualify you as "smart"
> In fact... the government should figure out those two
> numbers... and you shouldn't even have to file.  They
> could never pester you for more money either.

What about severe medical expenses?

What about financial losses?

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