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  •  Which reminds me... (8+ / 0-)

    With the blue state/red state differential on taxes vs. services, much, much more should be made of the fact that blue states pay disproportionately higher taxes for the services they receive.  While their bridges are falling down and their streets and homes are being flooded.  The red state "no new taxes" mantra hurts blue states that desperately need new infrastructure. Each state for herself?  Or at least let us spend on infrastructure, while you gladly put your hand out for our tax dollars.  Pretty please?

    •  What taxes do you want to raise? (1+ / 0-)
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      Median wages have been stagnant/declining for over a decade.

      While the nation's housing stock declined in value by 40%, property tax receipts did not, only because state and local governments raised the property tax rates, even as wages were declining.

      Sales and use taxes are as high as they've ever been, and they are REGRESSIVE.

      I have nothing against higher taxes.

      I do have a problem with Dems calling for higher REGRESSIVE taxes.

      Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project. www.hamiltonproject.org

      by PatriciaVa on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 10:21:37 AM PST

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      •  Tax the crap (5+ / 0-)

        out of private jets, yachts, basically a luxury tax.
        Raise the estate tax on estates over $50 million. Raise taxes on income over $500,000.
        Reduce defense spending by about a third. Stop subsidizing oil companies and large corporations.
        Plenty of ways to raise money without raising sales or property taxes.

        “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

        by skohayes on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 10:37:50 AM PST

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        •  I've been calling for a tax on Wealth for a couple (3+ / 0-)
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          elwior, skohayes, Joieau

          ....of years.

          It would start at 1% for households with net worth of at least 50M.  The Buffets and Ellisons would contribute 8% of their net worth every year.

          Too radical?

          So was the income tax, until a few brave pols championed it.

          Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project. www.hamiltonproject.org

          by PatriciaVa on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 10:46:37 AM PST

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