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Re: “A 'Fat Cat Tax'?

You are several years behind the curve. England has already done a "fat cat" tax and it was a disaster.

In the 2009-10 tax year, more than 16,000 people declared an annual income of more than 1 million to HM Revenue and Customs. This number fell to just 6,000 after Gordon Brown introduced the new 50p top rate of income tax.

Increasing the highest rate of tax actually led to a large loss in revenues for the British Government.

Since the US implemented supply side economics in the US starting in 1981, our jobs have increased by 50%, jobs in England have only increased by 22% and even less in France - 12%.

If we cared about our students, we would be sure to have jobs waiting for them by implementing scientific taxation - a top federal rate of 25%, not the current 40%, plus 12% California state tax, plus 14% Social Security = 66%.

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Posted by on 05/18/2017 at 5:15 PM

Re: “A 'Fat Cat Tax'?

I'm not talking corporate taxes I'm talking personal taxes. Every piece of democratic legislation is designed to punish the individual that has become successful by laddering tax brackets. personal exemptions are gone except the mortgage interest, and things like the Affordable care Act even punished higher income people.

Married Filing Joint Taxable Income Tax Brackets and Rates, 2017
Rate Taxable Income Bracket Tax Owed
$0 to $18,650 10% of taxable income
$18,650 to $75,900 $1,865 plus 15% of the excess over $18,650
$75,900 to $153,100 $10,452.50 plus 25% of the excess over $75,900
$153,100 to $233,350 $29,752.50 plus 28% of the excess over $153,100
$233,350 to $416,700 $52,222.50 plus 33% of the excess over $233,350
$416,700 to $470,700 $112,728 plus 35% of the excess over $416,700
$470,700+ $131,628 plus 39.6% of the excess over $470,700

When you make it they take it.

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Posted by Patriot 2 on 05/18/2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “A 'Fat Cat Tax'?

That's exactly right Patriot. Under progressive vision the rich should work hard, take risks and surrender their earnings for others. What could possibly motivate them? Lower tax rates elsewhere, leaving the US a virtual wasteland of losers.

Please work to become rich and stop confiscating someone else's money.

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Posted by Patriot 2 on 05/18/2017 at 11:43 AM

Re: “A 'Fat Cat Tax'?

Just a note here. Since 1980, on the federal level, the very rich and large corporations now pay 1/4th of what they did from the 50's - 70's. Starting with Reagan the very rich have received about 15 rounds of tax breaks. Republicans have shifted some of that lose to the bottom 90% and covered the rest with deficits and spending cuts to education, infrastructure etc. Somehow, even paying higher taxes, the wealthy were still wealthy back then.

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Posted by Kenneth Groves on 05/18/2017 at 11:41 AM

Re: “A 'Fat Cat Tax'?

How dare you tax my cat.......oh sorry.

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Posted by Gandalf the Wit on 05/18/2017 at 11:39 AM

Re: “A 'Fat Cat Tax'?

Bad idea. High tax rates in the U.K. is why the Beatles had to move, we do not need to go though that again do we?

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Posted by Gandalf Remembers on 05/18/2017 at 11:36 AM

Re: “A 'Fat Cat Tax'?

Except that 'the rich' (LOL) already pay the lion's share of all taxes and the poor pay zilch. Save this socialist crap for people who are too self involved and uniformed. It doesn't wash for anyone who has ever worked their way out of poverty aka has grown up in the true sense of the word.

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Posted by Patriot 1 on 05/18/2017 at 9:47 AM

Re: “The New Teacher Certification Rules: Is Everyone Else Wrong, or Am I?

We will have plenty of Ben Steins teaching the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act. Anyone? Anyone? You do realize that Charter and private religious schools, already can hire and many do, uncertified teachers. This means Jay Lawrence can go into a classroom, maybe 7th grade math, that would be a nice challenge.

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 05/18/2017 at 9:19 AM

Re: “The New Teacher Certification Rules: Is Everyone Else Wrong, or Am I?

Must have been taught writing by one of those semi-qualified teachers.
Teacher need to know HOW to teach as well as knowing the subject matter.

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Posted by Karl on 05/18/2017 at 6:56 AM

Re: “A 'Fat Cat Tax'?

As long as it's not to pay for more and more illegal aliens and their children, I'm happy to pay more in taxes for useful things like smart infrastructure, mental health care, and education. Unfortunately that won't be the case.

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Posted by bslap on 05/18/2017 at 5:53 AM

Re: “A 'Fat Cat Tax'?

Just awesome topic! I also can be helpful here :) I just filled out Tax & Accounting with an online software. It looked much better typed than hand-written. I used and it's very easy to use.

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Posted by Jeremiah Melville on 05/18/2017 at 2:24 AM

Re: “A 'Fat Cat Tax'?

Safier, you are so full of sh*t ...

"Tax and spend"?

How about call it what it is: Socialism, take from the people who worked for it and have it and give it to the people who haven't.

But the only problem with Socialism is that sooner or later, "you eventually run out of other people's money" (gee, what an irony..this quote is from Margaret Thatcher who is currently rolling over in her grave with this liberal Labour Party proposal).

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Posted by danehick sux on 05/17/2017 at 8:18 PM

Re: “The New Teacher Certification Rules: Is Everyone Else Wrong, or Am I?

This is a boon to private religioous schools who now can claim publ;ic vouchers for tuition.

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Posted by C. H. Mara on 05/17/2017 at 5:25 PM

Re: “The New Teacher Certification Rules: Is Everyone Else Wrong, or Am I?


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Somebody is all wet.

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Posted by Wetness Protection Program on 05/17/2017 at 4:08 PM

Re: “The New Teacher Certification Rules: Is Everyone Else Wrong, or Am I?

I don't join the comments section much, but I gotta say, I rarely get so many people saying I got it right. I know people will be all over me in the next post no matter what it is, but I'm going to enjoy this brief moment of positive vibes while it's here.

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Posted by David Safier on 05/17/2017 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Cessna Needs a Home

Why so negative about pit bulls? They are not a social problem at all! Their a loving dog and very loyal to the family.

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Posted by Miles Perry on 05/17/2017 at 3:28 PM

Re: “If You Think the TUSD Board Election Was a Knock-down, Drag-out Fight, Take a Look at L.A.

It's unclear whether Safier is trying to imply that the struggles over the TUSD Board were cast in the same mold ("privatization," or public district / union vs. charter) in which he says the L.A. struggles are cast. If he is implying that, he is wrong. Neither "faction" / coalition in the TUSD Board battles was pro-Charter, pro-privatization.

There are in fact many different kinds of "education wars" going on both locally and nationally. When it comes to figuring out what's going on or how to vote at the local level, it comes down to understanding the details of the business -- and the conditions in the schools -- in the districts in question. Some public districts are well managed. Others are not. This whole "privatization" narrative has the effect in some cases of throwing a cloak over instances of mismanagement by lumping all public districts in with the "good guys" in their fight against the "villainous privatizers." That's a unique form of B.S. that has developed in our contemporary education media scene that voters would be well advised to develop a way of detecting. If they don't, they may in many cases waste their votes on poor "leaders" who will, in office, do more to undermine the cause of public education than to support it, in spite of what they say during their campaigns.

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Posted by Caveat Emptor on 05/17/2017 at 2:52 PM

Re: “The New Teacher Certification Rules: Is Everyone Else Wrong, or Am I?

You are correct and the world is wrong. Again. Or sometimes.

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Posted by gcb1 on 05/17/2017 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Streets of This Town: Don't 'Toilet' in Front of Mailbox!

Not in my front yard! That's the Tucson we have been forced to know and love. I am introducing Doggie Diapers next month that I want the City to purchase with their sales tax increase. What a load.

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Posted by Dog's Best Friend on 05/17/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Streets of This Town: Don't 'Toilet' in Front of Mailbox!

What a poop nazi...

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Posted by danehick sux on 05/17/2017 at 11:03 AM

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