Another day, another whacky state Republican platform

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This time, Texas Republicans released their 2012 political platform and it gives Iowa Republicans who proposed banning pornography a run for their money when it comes to crazy. To begin with, Texas Republicans propose eliminating the national income tax – replacing it with a sales tax that hits working Americans a lot harder than the very wealthy.

It supports returning to the gold standard, despite most economists arguing that the gold standard who destroy our economy. It calls for privatizing Social Security, which Congressman Paul Ryan is already trying to do in Congress. And Texas Republicans want to ban multi-cultural teaching in our schools, while bringing back corporal punishment in the classroom. Plus, there are a whole slew of commonplace Republican demands like eliminating the EPA, banning abortion, and the repeal of the Voting Rights Act.

In other words, Texas Republicans want to take American back to the 1800’s. And don’t think for a second that Mitt Romney isn’t on board to do the same thing.

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, Texas Republicans propose eliminating the national income tax – replacing it with a sales tax that hits working Americans a lot harder than the very wealthy.

I don't think so Thom.

1) There are no tax loopholes for the rich with a national sales tax. What is the point of being rich if you can't spend your money?Everytime a rich man buys a yacht, a plane, a vacation home, a Ferrari, or anything he gets hit hard. He can't hire a lawyer to escape the tax man. Since the rich spend much more money than we do, they will pay much more in taxes. There will be nowhere to hide.

2) Drug dealers who pay no taxes will be paying taxes.

3) Illegal aliens who pay no taxes, will be paying taxes.

4) Americans will no longer need to hire someone to do their taxes.

5) The IRS will be gone. Never to hassle us again.

6) You will be in complete control of your money

7) Food and other necessities will be tax free. So the poor can avoid punitive taxes.

8) If anyone demands to know how much you earn, you will be free to say "None of your business." And not go to prison for it. How cool is that!

Not a flawless system, but it's pretty good. It will never happen though. Because taxes are not only about raising revenue, they are about power and control. Government wants more control over you, not less.

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Does it really matter rigel? People are going to bitch and moan about taxes no matter what form they come in.

Billionaire's already pay luxury taxes on their yacht's and ferarri's. The only thing that will change for them will be a savings of what they used to pay in income taxes. The really poor person won't see much of a change either. They already don't pay any income taxes and with what little they have to spend they don't pay much in sales taxes either. The middle class however will take on the brunt of all the "new" taxes. They will end up paying much more overall in taxes than they do now. Don't think that sales tax rates are going to be anywhere close to what they are now. This system will do nothing but widen the gap even further between the rich and the rest. That's just what they want.

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Does it really matter rigel? People are going to bitch and moan about taxes no matter what form they come in.

Billionaire's already pay luxury taxes on their yacht's and ferarri's. The only thing that will change for them will be a savings of what they used to pay in income taxes. The really poor person won't see much of a change either. They already don't pay any income taxes and with what little they have to spend they don't pay much in sales taxes either. The middle class however will take on the brunt of all the "new" taxes. They will end up paying much more overall in taxes than they do now. Don't think that sales tax rates are going to be anywhere close to what they are now. This system will do nothing but widen the gap even further between the rich and the rest. That's just what they want.

I think it will matter. Because the rich will finally have nowhere to hide from the taxman. No high priced lawyer will get him off the hook. If he spends any of his fortune he will get hammered. And he will spend. That is the whole point of being rich.

I do know this: Any system that needs thousands of pages and takes hundreds of attorneys and accountants to figure out is a disaster. Get rid of this mess. We deserve better.

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Does it really matter rigel? People are going to bitch and moan about taxes no matter what form they come in.

Billionaire's already pay luxury taxes on their yacht's and ferarri's. The only thing that will change for them will be a savings of what they used to pay in income taxes. The really poor person won't see much of a change either. They already don't pay any income taxes and with what little they have to spend they don't pay much in sales taxes either. The middle class however will take on the brunt of all the "new" taxes. They will end up paying much more overall in taxes than they do now. Don't think that sales tax rates are going to be anywhere close to what they are now. This system will do nothing but widen the gap even further between the rich and the rest. That's just what they want.

I think it will matter. Because the rich will finally have nowhere to hide from the taxman. No high priced lawyer will get him off the hook. If he spends any of his fortune he will get hammered. And he will spend. That is the whole point of being rich.

The rich will as they always have write legislature. The loopholes that exist today are not some cosmic accident. If we change the tax system then a new set of rules will be written in order for the rich to keep doing what they have always done. The rich always have some place to hide. They own this country and the world. There is no higher power.

Even now, when rich people spend they don't have to show it as spending to gain assets. They can show their spending on a mansion as an inconvenient liability. They have the money to buy the legislature and they have the money to buy the money management professional. This whole things sucks. :(

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Does it really matter rigel? People are going to bitch and moan about taxes no matter what form they come in.

Billionaire's already pay luxury taxes on their yacht's and ferarri's. The only thing that will change for them will be a savings of what they used to pay in income taxes. The really poor person won't see much of a change either. They already don't pay any income taxes and with what little they have to spend they don't pay much in sales taxes either. The middle class however will take on the brunt of all the "new" taxes. They will end up paying much more overall in taxes than they do now. Don't think that sales tax rates are going to be anywhere close to what they are now. This system will do nothing but widen the gap even further between the rich and the rest. That's just what they want.

I think it will matter. Because the rich will finally have nowhere to hide from the taxman. No high priced lawyer will get him off the hook. If he spends any of his fortune he will get hammered. And he will spend. That is the whole point of being rich.

The rich will as they always have write legislature. The loopholes that exist today are not some cosmic accident. If we change the tax system then a new set of rules will be written in order for the rich to keep doing what they have always done. The rich always have some place to hide. They own this country and the world. There is no higher power.

Even now, when rich people spend they don't have to show it as spending to gain assets. They can show their spending on a mansion as an inconvenient liability. They have the money to buy the legislature and they have the money to buy the money management professional. This whole things sucks. :(

Sure, but I'm not the type to simply throw up my hands and quit. I will always be looking for something better than the status quo. And the fair tax beats the hell out of this absurd monstrosity we are stuck with now. At least the fair tax is something that everyone can understand.

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