Friday, April 16, 2010

Taxes are Taxing But Why Not For Everyone?

I'll admit I've not thought too much about the in's and out's of this one, and you could probably talk me off the ceiling pretty quick, but, really, why doesn't everyone pay taxes?

Tonight we drove to the Post Office to pay our "due diligence" because, well, we had to pay and that's what you do when you have to pay -- you wait until the last minute.  

And I remember listening to Doug Wright on KSL blathering on about taxes.  You know how he does, rambling on and on, phrasing and rephrasing, about how only 49 per cent or some such number pays Federal Income Tax.  

And since it's lots of the wealthy who can get off from paying taxes, he figured it would be better to have everybody just pay a variety of sales taxes on yachts, houses, cars, jewelry, etc., so everybody gets a chance to throw into the pot so to speak.  And why not, I wondered.   

Incidentally, if Doug's numbers (or my recollection) seems weird, CBS News reports the following:  

"An astonishing 43.4 percent of Americans now pay zero or negative federal income taxes. The number of single or jointly-filing 'taxpayers' - the word must be applied sparingly - who pay no taxes or receive government handouts has reached 65.6 million, out of a total of 151 million. "

I like roads, schools and national defense as much as the next guy, but I just like the next guy paying for it just like I pay.  Just sayin.

I know that Doug Wright is kind an old windbag most of the time, but is this making sense?    what do you think?

1 comment:

Annie said...

sorry! we're one of those people who do not pay taxes! It's actually really not our fault, the government gives us so much credit for the kids, and we only have 2! Can you imagine those families with 6+ kids??? They'll never have to pay anything....