Skip to comments.Would a national sales tax help bring down the deficit?
Posted on 12/14/2010 7:14:14 AM PST by jackspyder
Could a national sales tax help fix the deficit and gain enough political support to break the stalemate in the nation's capital? Yahoo! reader Brad Sylvester believes it could.
Following a contentious midterm election, some 81 percent of respondents to a recent ABC News/Yahoo! News poll said they expect partisan warfare and inaction to continue over the next two years.
There are plenty of ideas on how to return the government to fiscal responsibility. ...
Many Republicans refuse to consider any tax hikes at all. And many liberal Democrats who, ironically, may have even more power in the party now that many of their more moderate colleagues have lost their seats can't stomach the thought of cutting back government services or programs...
(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...
Well this yahoo reader thinks Bryan Slyester is a yahoo who doesn’t know his hinny from a hole in the ground.
SO, more taxes is the solution to the overspending problem? Dumb f***.
NO NO NO!
THE DAMN SPENDING MUST BE STOPPED BEFORE ANYONE EVEN SUGGESTS NEW TAXES!
I think it more likely that it would give Congress an excuse to spend more.
No. Not by itself.
If you give them more money, they will spend ALL of it... and then some.
Only bringing down the Congress will bring down the deficit
Give them more revenue, they will spend it
Voting out Liberals will bring down the deficit.
Only if we eliminate all personal & corporate income taxes, cap gains, death tax & cut government spending. Totally eliminate the IRS—there’s a huge savings right there.
I’d be all for it, in that case. Stop punishing production over consumption.
How would the tax hike be PAID FOR?
It’s not the government’s money.
The government bow-wows would just spend that too.
great pic! where is that from?
The only way to reduce the deficit is to quit spending money and to have a productive economy again. Being taxed to death through yet another tax will do nothing to help.
A national sales tax would hurt the most poorest and underprivileged people in the US. It would hurt them the hardest.
But then most if not all taxes in the US do that.
That is why it is most important to extend all the Bush tax cuts and make them permanent.
Or else do away with the income tax altogether and get rid of the IRS forever.
The ONLY thing that will bring down the deficit is to reduce spending! As long as the assholes in Washington refuse to cut spending our debt will continue to spiral out of control! The only way to cut spending is to reduce the size and scope of the federal government...we can start with eliminating the EPA, The Dept of Education, The Interior Dept, HUD, on and on.
In 2009 our total national taxation, was equal to the dollar cost of our imports.
So. Two birds. One stone:
First: Eliminate all income taxes, capital gains, and corporate taxes. ENTIRELY.
Meanwhile enact a no-exceptions, across the board 100% tariff on all imports.
Watch how long it takes, for people to rediscover how to actually make things here.
5 minutes, tops.
And so it begins...they’re dipping their feet into the water.
KEEP YOUR FILTHY HANDS OUT OF MY WALLET UNTIL THIS CRAP STOPS!
The Dunder-head Mifflin Award
to Senator Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) and Representative Paul Kanjorski (D-Pa.) for $200,000 for design and construction of a small business incubator and multipurpose center in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
The Thad the Impaler Award
to Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) for $490 million in pork.
The Hal Bent on Earmarking Award
to Representative Harold Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) for $10 million for the National Institute for Hometown Security.
The Little Engine That Couldnt Award
for $465 million for the Joint Strike Fighter alternate engine.
The Narcissist Award
to Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) for $7,287,000 to continue the Harkin Grant program and to Senator Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) for $7,000,000 for the Robert C. Byrd Institute of Advanced Flexible Manufacturing Systems.
The Steak Through the Heart of Taxpayers Award
to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and Representative Ciro Rodriguez (D-Texas) for $693,000 for beef improvement research.
The Sapping the Taxpayers Award
for $4.8 million for wood utilization research in 11 states requested by 13 senators and 10 representatives.
The Jekyll and Hyde Award
to Representative Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) for his ever-changing stance on earmarks; first signing a no-earmark pledge, then receiving $21 million in earmarks, then supporting the Republican earmark moratorium.
The Kick in the Asp Award
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The Plane Waste Award
to Senators Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Representative Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) for $3,500,000 for the National Institute for Aviation Research.
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Perfect! I loved that movie - though I cannot remember its title.
Joe: For the last time, Im pretty sure whats killing the crops is this Brawndo stuff.
Secretary of State: But Brawndos got what plants crave. Its got electrolytes.
Attorney General (Sara Rue): So wait a minute. What youre saying is that you want us to put water on the crops.
Attorney General: Water. Like out the toilet?
Joe: Well, I mean, it doesnt have to be out of the toilet, but, yeah, thats the idea.
Secretary of State: But Brawndos got what plants crave.
Attorney General: Its got electrolytes.
Joe: Okay, look. The plants arent growing, so Im pretty sure that the Brawndos not working. Now, Im no botanist, but I do know that if you put water on plants, they grow.
Secretary of Energy (Brendan Hill): Well, Ive never seen no plants grow out of no toilet.
Secretary of State: Hey, thats good. You sure you aint the smartest guy in the world?
Joe: Okay, look. You wanna solve this problem. I wanna get my pardon. So why dont we just try it, okay, and not worry about what plants crave?
Attorney General: Brawndos got what plants crave.
Secretary of Energy: Yeah, its got electrolytes.
Joe: What are electrolytes? Do you even know?
Secretary of State: Its what they use to make Brawndo.
Joe: Yeah, but why do they use them to make Brawndo?
Secretary of Defense: Cause Brawndos got electrolytes.
Without regard to the merits, never confuse how much taxes are collected with how they are collected.
At the end of the day, we just have too much spending.
A national sales tax would be a “Stealth Tax”. It would happen on every transaction and there would be no accountability for where those taxes go.
brilliant, funny, and sad ... did you make that up?
That was the Cabinet meeting in “Idiocracy.” As you can see, we are pretty much there now.
oh wait - I figured it out - it’s from the movie - sorry!
It’s like letting a junkie have a key to a distributor’s stash.
Not only NO, but HELL NO! Another tax will simply encourage the Congress to increase spending!!
The writer is a fool, especially if he believes giving the government more money will somehow lead to fiscal responsibility.
The best thing to bring down the deficit is for Congress to cut spending to the bone. Then, any “yahoo” that opens their mouths about how taxes should be increased should have THEIR taxes increased, but only theirs.
Can you clarify for me why this is a bad thing? Isn't doing research to further aviation (i.e. for military planes and the like) a good thing, or does this organization not do that type of stuff?
Well its worked for sooooo long why not try it again, God Almighty we need sanity in the government, time to start selling off Washington, DC, let states collapse, eliminate all income, estate, business, and capital gains taxes...Tie the federal government up..starve the friggin beast...
No, a national sales tax will not help bring down the deficit because politicians only know how to spend money. What will bring down the deficit is cutting spending.
Will a nice glass of orange juice help stave off blood loss from severe arterial hemorrhage?
At this point, letting the government take more of our money is like giving out free whiskey at an AA meeting. Not just counterproductive, but downright rude.
No. A tax is a tax.
starve the friggin fed, sell off federal assets, sell parks, no more taxes, no money for those crooks..pass laws that bills must be clear and contain matters of 1 subject, no pork etc....
Maybe, but not until all other taxes are repealed.
Have a garage sale of Washington DC, I agree..the problem is the situation is now dire and we need immediate action, I fear we will not get it..Still too much BS going on, those that add to bills should be run out of town and tarred and feathered..Cut spending if it leaves this country with dirt roads, no government agencies but essentials and do not give them the right to rob the citizens for it..
This is what we need: a big fat list of crap and pork we can strip right out of the budget.
Yeah, if it replaced the income and corporate taxes, and taxed ANEW the 50+ million illegals.
It would amount to a tax cut for the rest of us once they start sharing the burden.
Really, what kind of idiot is still looking for ways to increase revenue when it's obvious that no matter how much the government takes in they're going to spend even more?
You first have to make a balanced budget constitutional amendment.
You also then have to put SS, Welfare and everything but the military on budget IMO.
We have to handle the spending problem before we make believe we are addressing the deficit.
Which is really why focusing on the deficit is such a mistake. You can have a small deficit with huge spending and huge taxes. I don't know why our side keeps falling into that trap. Stop the bloody spending!
I think a National Sales tax is a good idea!
If at the same time they eliminate income tax.
Taxing consumption will promote savings, but
more important is that EVERYONE will be paying TAXES.
As it stands now - half of us are carrying the other half.
If everyone pays taxes they will not be such a hurry to increase them and pay more attention to government spending.
Now half the country wants tax increases because they are net beneficiaries.
And what do you think is the ideal rate for this national sales tax?
No, adding a national sales tax will not bring down the deficit. Only a drastic reduction in government spending, and a flat tax will do so.
Just eliminate social programs and other spending and no tax increases are needed!
Start by eliminating 80% of government programs and all the people that work for them!
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