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  •  Exactly. "Fairness" needs to be defined (2+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek, VClib

    in terms of effective tax rates or actual dollars paid in federal income taxes.

    Say you have a college-educated, working professional couple (an engineer married to a CPA) in their 50's, with two kids in college, each making $150,000.  That's the wealthy -- Household AGI of around $300,000.  How much should they pay in federal income taxes (not counting payroll taxes and state income taxes)?  What is the dollar amount that's "fair"?  I'll bet there are a lot of different answers to that one.

    •  Fairness should also include not having policies (1+ / 0-)
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      VClib

      that reduce US employment, especially policies that make the US uncompetitive as a place to invest in business operations that result in jobs.

      The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

      by nextstep on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 12:02:59 PM PST

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      •  for instance? what wage floor would make the (1+ / 0-)
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        old possum

        us more competitive?  what incentives should be offered to make the us more "attractive" for businesses to invest here?

        the right always talks in vague language about how the us should be more "business friendly" but never says exactly what that means.

        perhaps you would like to elaborate on that . . . ?

        oh, & btw, i thought the reason businesses weren't "creating" jobs for the last 4 yrs was b/c of so-called "uncertainty" about healthcare, taxes, etc. -- not uncompetitiveness.

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