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  •  Depends on whose perspective. (2+ / 0-)
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    VClib, MichaelNY

    From the perspective of the individual taxpayer, there is a big difference between (1) taxing me at a lower effective rate (percentage of income actually paid in dollars as income taxes) than the government theoretically could do and (2) writing me a check for money over and above what I've earned myself.  

    I think most people would be offended with the notion that taxing someone at, say, an effective rate of 20% (they pay 20% of gross income in income taxes) is the same as writing that person a check, because, after all, the federal government could take a lot more of your money if it wanted.  

    •  It's unfortunate that people would be offended (2+ / 0-)
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      DarkLadyNyara, JerryNA

      And I'm not sympathetic to that, because it implies that there's something inferior about getting direct support from the government, rather than being rich enough to benefit from a tax deduction. I don't think being rich is more honorable than being poor. Do you?

      Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

      by MichaelNY on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 04:18:46 PM PDT

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      •  Every single household that pays taxes (0+ / 0-)

        "benefits" from a tax deduction.   We all take the standard deduction, even if we are single.  Those of us who have children get deductions for dependents.

        I think this country sees a difference between working to earn money and relying on government support and generally (unless someone is disabled) would prefer more people work to earn money than have to rely on government support.  

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