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I'll keep this brief.  As clearly proven by the Gawker Bain tax information release, the rich have written laws to avoid paying taxes.  Not so much for the poor and middle class.

Commerce has pretty much been taken over by chain stores and restaurants, killing off most of the REAL AMERICAN MOM AND POP SMALL BUSINESSES.  

And, we all know how the big box stores get to move into towns and get real estate, etc., tax exempt status. It's the towns little way of enticing them, as if demographics weren't enough.

So the UBER RICH OWNERS and SHAREHOLDERS get the profits without having to pay the local yocals a dime....ever!  Ok, some will donate a pittance here and there for some local occasion.  How generous of them....yawn.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Joe Six Pack, the Plumber, and/or the Cowboy gets to pay real estate taxes and taxes on every item he is forced to purchase in order to survive.

Heck, he pays taxes on all his utilities, his phones, his gas, his.....well everything.  Joe Whatever can't hop into his private jet to shop elsewhere like Mitt Romney and his friends do

I would imagine the UBER RICH make sure they purchase as much as they can from the 5 States with no sales taxes:

Alaska
Montana
Delaware
New Hampshire
Oregon

Actually, the poorest pay the most taxes as a percent of income.

One of the most mean-spirited taxes is food tax.  Republican states love to tax food.

Leading the meanness, to no one's surprise are Alabama and Mississippi.  Not surprisingly, mostly GOP states tax food because, heaven forbid, they tax corporations and the rich.

Two states continue to apply their sales tax fully to food purchased for home consumption without providing any offsetting relief for low- and moderate-income families. They are Alabama and Mississippi.

Five states — Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Oklahoma, and South Dakota— tax groceries fully but offer credits or rebates offsetting some of the taxes paid on food by some portions of the population. These credits or rebates usually are set at a flat amount per family member. The amounts and eligibility rules vary, but may be too narrow and/or insufficient to give eligible households full relief from sales taxes paid on food purchases.

Seven states tax groceries at lower rates than other goods; they are Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia. [1]

Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia exempt most food purchased for consumption at home from the state sales tax. South Carolina is the state that most recently eliminated its sales tax on food (effective November 1, 2007).

America is not a humane country in general, but 31 states have enough heart and class to NOT tax food for crying out loud.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)

    It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

    by War on Error on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 02:39:17 PM PDT

  •  Most business can get a tax license that lets (1+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock

    them avoid paying the sales tax on items they plan to resell so the sales tax on many goods isn't all that important to them.

    Personally I'd love to have no sales tax and just income and some excise taxes (like property tax). In general sales taxes hurt lower incomes the hardest because they tend to spend most, if not all, of what they make so every dollar gets taxed where rich folks can put into investments and not pay sales taxes on those dollars.

    Romney's religion is only an issue because he's a high priest in the Church of Mammon.

    by ontheleftcoast on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 03:03:46 PM PDT

  •  Tax money, not work (2+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, War on Error

    I'd much rather eliminate taxes on wages and put a fair sales tax on purchases, all purchases. I'd be happy to pay the same sales tax rate as every stock, bond or CDS purchase made by by the people with all the money. After all, the government owns the money we just use it. All those dollars would be worth exactly zero on the day the government drowns in the bathtub. The people using that money are the ones who should be paying to make sure the government can continue to back it.

    •  Wages Today Extend Up to a Billion a Year (0+ / 0-)

      You can't have a progressive society if that kind of money goes untaxed.

      Income from whatever sources has to be progressively taxed in order to compress compensation at the top, otherwise we're back to where we are today.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 03:43:41 PM PDT

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      •  Then why are we not taxing trades? (0+ / 0-)

        You missed the hook. I want the same sales tax to apply to all transactions.
        Average daily trading value was approximately US$153 billion in 2008.  just for trades on NYSE. Throw in all the stock trades and derivatives and there is some serious income there.

        •  Even billionares have to use the money (0+ / 0-)

          If they get charged a sales tax for purchasing stocks, bonds, etc then they'll pay on the back end. And they will start looking for long term investments or they'll pay everytime they flip an investment.

          I think our State sales tax is around 4%. Maybe they'd agree to lower it.  

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