What is “fair share?” Is it important to you? 1

The term “fair share” is becoming the most over used term in politics.  It reminds me of “fundamental” during the last presidential elections.  Every time you heard Obama or McCain speak, they infused the word fundamental into their arguments.  Now it’s about “fair share.”  I began to think about the term and its intentional vague quality.  What does it mean to pay your fair share?  Does that mean that we should all pay the same percentage of our income to taxes?  Does it mean because someone makes more, they should pay a higher percentage?  Does it mean redistribution of wealth?

I’ve heard Obama state that the rich need to pay their fair share.  Is $250k a year rich? After taxes that number comes to about $150k .  What does it cost a family of 4 to live in any Major city in the US per year?  Do you think they should be paying more than this number?  I want to be very clear that I am not bashing Obama here.  Romney’s plan is just as ridiculous in my opinion.  He wants to cut taxes on the rich and raise them on the poor.  That’s just stupid.  What I am finding fascinating is the importance of this topic and the people who take on this conversation.

It seems very clear to me that people are more concerned about what other people are paying in taxes than they are concerned with the fact that our government is for sale to the highest bidder.  Super PAC’s are running things.  Every political commercial you see is a PAC paid for announcement.  These commercials work.  You can see an attack ad come out and the political polls change the next day.  People seem oblivious to the idea that our government is turning away from democracy and becoming a for sale item.  Where are our priorities?

One comment

  1. I believe a “fair share” means every American is paying taxes. Many Americans, especially those who benefit from much of government spending, aren’t paying any income taxes at all. If people are to benefit from the system, they should be funding the system as much as they comfortably can. I think a slightly progressive tax code is fair, but I believe making it more progressive by raising taxes on the wealthy and by cutting middle class taxes, as President Obama has proposed, would be an unreasonable redistribution of wealth. Our wealthy already pay a large majority of taxes and, other than ridiculous corporate handouts and tax loopholes, receive a small portion of benefits. Shouldn’t our taxes fund programs that every American benefits from, like infrastructure, education, and defense? I’m supportive of having a safety net, as long as every American contributes to it as best he can.

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