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  •  It's not just taxes, but particular kinds (4+ / 0-)

    of taxes. Thus paying sales tax doesn't count. it has to be property tax (lots of advocates of that around) or income tax.

    •  We all pay property tax anyway (6+ / 0-)

      If not, I would like to meet the landlords who don't include that cost in the rent and just pay it themselves to be nice.

      •  Absolutely. We ALL pay real estate taxes.... (4+ / 0-)

        ....whether we own a little cottage or rent. As you said, landlords always pass on the cost of their real estate taxes to the renters. I would even say that if someone lives in a motel, their weekly or monthly rate includes some kind of portion of real estate taxes that the owner of the building ultimately passed down. Everyone pays sales tax too.

        So this absurd idea that just because someone does not pay income taxes; that they should somehow, enjoy less rights than the ones who do pay income taxes, is absurd.

        Hey, how about a workable solution with these "takers" who don't pay income taxes? The biggest reason why so many workers don't is because their wages are so f* low that they don't earn enough money to qualify to pay income taxes (even though they work very hard). How about paying these workers a liveable wage so that they would most likely qualify to pay some kind of income taxes?   Oh, no; we can't do that either because of .......whatever the one per center's lame excuse is for not paying a liveable wage. I am so f* sick of these greedy sociopaths, I am ready to revolt. I need to go before I get pissed off again. Happy Valentine's Day.

        If Not Us, Who,..... If Not Now, When?

        by VirginiaBlue on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 01:14:20 PM PST

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    •  And carried income doesn't count (3+ / 0-)
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      Ojibwa, ksuwildkat, travelerxxx

      watch the hedge fund people's heads explode!

    •  Perkins is perpetuating the Big Lie ... (7+ / 0-)

      that the poor don't pay taxes.

      If you pay rent, part of that rent's going to pay taxes.  If you drive an old car, you pay gas & license taxes.  And we all pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on the first dollar of earned income, even if we earn too little to pay income tax.  (Of course, Perkins' venture capital earnings aren't subject to those "working class" taxes.)

      Perkins' proposal does raise some interesting questions -- for instance, based on taxes paid, would somebody like Mitt Romney be allowed to vote?

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