ok, so the problem with this thread is that no one can comment on those reasons because that is not the subject of the thread…
Anyhow… and to hell with it (and hello gp…). I’m French, so people are going to assume that I don’t know how Americans think, blablabla.
The tax issue.
Bill Gates makes (lets say, even though I’m really far off…) $12 million/year. He gives 10% to the IRS (that’s to make calculations easier). In the end, he still has $10.8 million/year. That’s way enough to live easily and not really look at your purse all the time.
John Doe on the other hand, works 10h/day, 25 days per month (and that’s a lot) at the prorata of $5/h. He makes 502512 = $15k/year. He also gives 10%. He’s left with 13.5k/year, right? Do you know how hard it is to live with 13k a year? Oh yeah, not THAT hard, but he’s definitely going to have to make serious choices as to what to buy, etc. Whereas Bill Gates could be giving 15% and still be ridiculously well off.
Maybe it’s not fair to give a higher % to the IRS, but it’s even less fair to be poor… don’t you think?
I’m happy to pay high taxes. I’m well off (well enough anyhow), I have money, enough to eat, have a roof over my head, go to the movies and to restaurants, buy new shoes once in a while, etc. When I pay taxes, I know some of it will go to the ones who need it (or the government buys 59 new war planes…but I don’t like thinking about THAT…) and I’m helping make some lives better. And that makes my day every time I grind my teeth when I drop the check in the mail.[/edit-let’s dance now]
Social Security, Welfare, etc.
please tell me your family is well off… I KNOW most Americans value hard work as the main means to get by in life, but you’d have to be seriously blind if you thought that everyone has the same chances at birth. The poorer ones NEED more help than the well-off people, that’s the only way to close the gap between the rich and the poor (gap exponentially growing btw…). I also know that Americans often view Welfare as the “lazy” option… yeah, we’ve all heard stories of people living off of society, etc, etc. But you’d also have to be blind to think Welfare is just the ticket to lazyness till the end of time, there would be so many more people on welfare if that was the case…
And, if you had to count on charities to help the poorest, lol, each family would get, mmh, 1/2 a buck a month?
The War on Terror
Nooo! I’m kidding, I’m not even going to get into there…
See comment above (along with a nice thread somewhere in the ordered forum…)
Now, with that said, power to you my young friend, I’m just happy you’re not old enough to vote (and this is in NO WAY a form of personnal attack, it’s just one vote less for Bush… )