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Opie Taylor: Tax the Rich
The Daily Caller ^ | 09/21/2011 | Jeff Poor

Posted on 09/21/2011 10:53:03 AM PDT by martosko

Life was simpler in the fictional town of Mayberry, N.C., where “The Andy Griffith Show” was set, and images of Sheriff Andy Taylor and his son Opie evoke a more prosperous America. But did the mystique of that setting include a 90 percent tax rate on the wealthy?

On MSNBC Wednesday, appearing from the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., director and producer Ron Howard said he would be open to the wealthy paying more taxes.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: andygriffith; howard; ronhoward; taxes; warrenbuffet
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What -- no one reached Richie Cunningham for comment?
1 posted on 09/21/2011 10:53:07 AM PDT by martosko
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To: martosko

While I’m sure Mr. Howard is qualified to discuss the TV/filmmaking industry, what are his qualifications to discuss this topic?


2 posted on 09/21/2011 10:55:49 AM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: martosko

In today’s Gallup poll, 66% want higher taxes on those earning $200K+, because they’re convinced it’ll create jobs.

God bless their idealistic little hearts and have mercy on their muddled, simple minds.


3 posted on 09/21/2011 10:57:08 AM PDT by ScottinVA (With "successes" like the Libya adventure, who needs failure?)
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To: martosko
Ron Howard said he would be open to the wealthy paying more taxes.

How nice of him to be "open" to the idea of taking other peoples' money.

There's nothing stoppimg you from cutting a big check to the government. Or how about all the proceeds from your next film go to the federal coffers instead?

4 posted on 09/21/2011 10:57:25 AM PDT by jtal (Runnin' a World in Need with White Folks' Greed - since 1492)
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To: martosko

Looks like Potsie and Ralph Malph were the smart ones in that trio after all.


5 posted on 09/21/2011 10:57:30 AM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: ReformationFan
While I’m sure Mr. Howard is qualified to discuss the TV/filmmaking industry, what are his qualifications to discuss this topic?

This is America. If you're a celebrity, you're an expert on EVERYTHING.

6 posted on 09/21/2011 10:58:17 AM PDT by ScottinVA (With "successes" like the Libya adventure, who needs failure?)
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To: ReformationFan

Probably because he’s rich. On the other hand he’s bald. He could also advocate a bald tax for all bald men...or perhaps a tax on hair.


7 posted on 09/21/2011 10:58:28 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: martosko

There is nothing that prevents all of these wealthy people who claim they should be paying more in taxes from cutting a check and giving it to the government. The feds will take it willingly.


8 posted on 09/21/2011 10:58:28 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: LostInBayport

Both of them and Joanie were at Dragoncon a few years ago and they struck me as way more genuine than Opie could ever be.


9 posted on 09/21/2011 10:59:34 AM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: martosko

We’re already doing that (taxing the rich).

Next idea please.


10 posted on 09/21/2011 11:03:00 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Portcall24

Just another example of

the lower class tend to be democrats,
the middle & upper class tend to be republicans

and the very wealthy tend to be communists.


11 posted on 09/21/2011 11:04:27 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: martosko
Griffith and Howard have become an embarrassment to their Americana persona. Two Obama loving liberals who care nothing about freedom and liberty.

If it wasn't for Don Knots, my AGS watching would be over, forever!

12 posted on 09/21/2011 11:04:51 AM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: martosko

Ron Howard, release your tax returns. What amount have you paid in excess than required?

Why do you want children to starve?


13 posted on 09/21/2011 11:04:57 AM PDT by School of Rational Thought ("The proposition that the government is always right is manifested either in corruption or benefits)
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To: martosko

Howard, Ron
Greenwich, CT 06830
Imagine Entertainment/Director DNC SERVICES CORPORATION/DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE (D) - $30,400
primary 08/31/10

HOWARD, RON
GREENWICH, CT 06830
SELF-EMPLOYED/DIRECTOR MEEK, KENDRICK B (D)
Senate - FL
KENDRICK MEEK FOR FLORIDA INC - $1,000

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HOWARD, RON
GREENWICH, CT 06831
SELF-EMPLOYED/DIRECTOR Barbara Boxer (D)
Senate - CA
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HOWARD, RON
NEW YORK, NY 10022
STARR AND CO/DIRECTOR KHAZEI, ALAN (D)
Senate - MA
CITIZENS FOR ALAN KHAZEI - $1,000 11/17/09

HOWARD, RON
BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90212
(FREELANCE)/DIRECTOR DGA-PAC THE POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE OF THE DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA INC. - $1,200
primary 09/20/09

Howard, Ron
Greenwich, CT 06830
Imagine Entertainment/Director DNC SERVICES CORPORATION/DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE (D) - $30,400
primary 05/30/09

Howard, Ron
Greenwich, CT 06831 Barack Obama (D)
President
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Howard, Ron
Greenwich, CT 06830
Imagine Entertainment/Director DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF WISCONSIN (D) - $894
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Howard, Ron
Greenwich, CT 06830
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Howard, Ron
Greenwich, CT 06830
Imagine Entertainment/Director COMMITTEE FOR CHANGE - $28,500
primary 09/19/08

HOWARD, RONALD
GREENWICH, CT 06831
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Senate - NY
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Howard, Ron
Greenwich, CT 06830
Imagine Entertainment/Director Barack Obama (D)
President
OBAMA VICTORY FUND Won $2,300
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Howard, Ron
Greenwich, CT 06831
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Howard, Ronald
Greenwich, CT 06830
Self/Director DNC SERVICES CORPORATION/DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE (D) - $28,500
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Howard, Ron
Greenwich, CT 06831
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President
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Howard, Ron
Greenwich, CT 06831
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President
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Howard, Ron
Greenwich, CT 06831
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President
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HOWARD, RONALD
GREENWICH, CT 06831
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Senate - OK
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Howard, Ronald
Greenwich, CT 06831
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President
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Howard, Ronald
Greenwich, CT 06831
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President
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http://www.newsmeat.com/celebrity_political_donations/Ron_Howard.php


14 posted on 09/21/2011 11:05:04 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: wally_bert

Indeed. Chachi is a Republican who attended President Reagan’s funeral.


15 posted on 09/21/2011 11:06:05 AM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: wally_bert

Back when the marginal top rates were 90%..the rich still didn’t pay much tax. For one..many losses and depreciation was deductible without limits. So with realestate..you borrowed as much as you could against it and deducted the interest and depreciation. I know..with the higher rates I was paying zero taxes because of realestate investments. The Reagan tax reform lowered the tax rates and raised my taxes.


16 posted on 09/21/2011 11:06:13 AM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: martosko
Ron Howard said he would be open to the wealthy paying more taxes.

When are these dopey Hollywood types going to learn that the gov't produces nothing? If you don't mind paying more taxes, go ahead and make a tax donation to the IRS, but don't force those who might actually use the money in a productive effort to follow suit. If Howard, Buffet, and the other idiots who want to pay higher taxes really want to do something good for job creation, just form a venture capital firm and give grants out for new enterprises. That would do much more good that sending the cash into that black hole called Washington.

17 posted on 09/21/2011 11:07:25 AM PDT by econjack (Some people are dumber than soup.)
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To: wally_bert

Chachi AKA Scott Baio is a conservative/Republican.


18 posted on 09/21/2011 11:07:32 AM PDT by madison10
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To: martosko

Just as an interesting little factoid, Ron Howard’s brother Clint does not share his political views. He is a declared conservative.

http://www.politico.com/click/stories/1010/a_proud_hollywood_conservative.html

Regards,

PS: Everybody knows Clint Howard. As a child actor, he appeared in the Andy Griffith show many times, was Mark on Gentle Ben, Balok in the Star Trek (TOS) episode, “The Corbomite Maneuver”, and the voice of Roo in one of the Winnie the Pooh movies. As an adult, he has had parts in most of his brother’s movies, including, of course, as one of the Mission Control guys in Apollo 13.


19 posted on 09/21/2011 11:07:47 AM PDT by VermiciousKnid (Sic narro nos totus!)
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To: martosko
Tax anyone like opie that has more than 50 million dollars with a wealth tax taking 505 of everything that they own.

LLS

20 posted on 09/21/2011 11:08:10 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Is the person that you support a Crony Capitalist... A.K.A. CRAPITALIST?)
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To: martosko

That’s right. It’s the fat cat businessmen like Floyd the barber who aren’t paying their fair share. Somebody get the tar and feathers


21 posted on 09/21/2011 11:09:11 AM PDT by slumber1 (Don't taze me bro!)
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To: kcvl

Greenwich CT. “Home to many Hedge Funds” “90% White”. Down with the struggle eh Opie?


22 posted on 09/21/2011 11:10:22 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: School of Rational Thought

Everyone who wants to force everyone else to pay for a stranger’s healthcare or health insurance needs to pony up the receipts where they’ve done so voluntarily

before putting a gun to the rest of our heads.

(Liberals HATE it when you remind them that all their policies are done at gunpoint. It really kills their “I’m a good person” buzz.)


23 posted on 09/21/2011 11:10:33 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: martosko
"...appearing from the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., director and producer Ron Howard said he would be open to the wealthy paying more taxes."

Then why aren't they? They are all free to send in as much as they like.

Hey, I've got an idea: Let's cap the profits allowable from making a movie to $1 Million and give the rest to the government. After all, everyone knows that's not real work!

24 posted on 09/21/2011 11:11:37 AM PDT by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: martosko

10/11/10 4:41 PM EDT
We all know the stereotype: Hollywood is filled to the brim with die-hard liberals.

Actor Clint Howard doesn’t disagree.

“The entertainment business is a liberal business,” Howard, whose brother is actor/director Ron Howard, told POLITICO. “There are more liberals working in the business than conservatives. By a long shot, we understand that.”

Still Howard said that conservatives have found their own little comfort zone in Tinseltown.

“There is a growing fellowship of conservative-minded people in our business, and that has given me a nice place to go and nice people to be with,” he said.

Howard, who’s had small roles in such films as “Apollo 13,” “Austin Powers,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “The Waterboy,” has decided “to come out of the conservative closet,” as he puts it, and has begun appearing in conservative-leaning web videos for Heritage Action for America, the Heritage Foundation’s advocacy arm. In them, Howard plays a congressman.

“If I can help out and if I can support causes that I believe in — whether they be local candidates or whether they be a national issue — I feel a little more fortified to step up and do my part,” he said.

Ron Howard supported Barack Obama’s campaign in 2008. But Clint told POLITICO that any report of a politically-created rift between the two brothers would be overblown.

http://tinyurl.com/3p8nr5x


25 posted on 09/21/2011 11:12:25 AM PDT by kcvl
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...director and producer Ron Howard said he would be open to the wealthy paying more taxes.

Evidently Opie is unaware that the top 0.1% of taxpayers pay more than the bottom 80% combined.

I bet Opie takes advantage of all the tax rebates he can find when he produces a movie though.

26 posted on 09/21/2011 11:13:50 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Palin is coming, and the Tea Party is coming with her.)
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To: ReformationFan

I had heard rumors about Chachi being a Republican here and there and am glad to know of it. Thanks.


27 posted on 09/21/2011 11:15:13 AM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: martosko
Tax anyone like opie that has more than 50 million dollars with a wealth tax taking 50% of everything that they own.

LLS

28 posted on 09/21/2011 11:16:37 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Is the person that you support a Crony Capitalist... A.K.A. CRAPITALIST?)
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To: massgopguy

http://cf2.vgtstatic.com/thumbll/6/9/69546-v1.jpg

The family lives on a 35-acre estate in the exclusive gated community of Conyers Farm in Greenwich, Connecticut.


29 posted on 09/21/2011 11:18:27 AM PDT by kcvl
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A Fascist alliance to bring down small business, the primary employer of the American workforce.


30 posted on 09/21/2011 11:20:26 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been Redistributed. Here's your damn Change!)
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To: martosko

Tax everyone but them.


31 posted on 09/21/2011 11:21:29 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Gene Eric

That’s a twofer -

if you destroy small business and favor big ones,
you bring down capitalism, and narrow the field of what’s left so that they are easier to control.


32 posted on 09/21/2011 11:21:58 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: LibLieSlayer

“Tax anyone like opie that has more than 50 million dollars with a wealth tax taking 50% of everything that they own.”

Only 50? Surely they’re much more compassionate and caring than that.

Take it all. And give it to me.


33 posted on 09/21/2011 11:28:42 AM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: martosko

They really do think we care what they think. He will walk it back when he learns that Clinton just said it would be a bad idea.


34 posted on 09/21/2011 11:30:03 AM PDT by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: martosko

You first, Opie.


35 posted on 09/21/2011 11:31:27 AM PDT by onedoug (If)
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To: MrB

We’re already doing that (taxing the rich).

Next idea please.


How about taxing EVERYONE at same rate, say 18% no deductions and no tax credits, just 18% of your income...and one other thing, no weekly payment to the taxman, payment due from you by April 15.


36 posted on 09/21/2011 11:31:27 AM PDT by Rumplemeyer (The GOP should stand its ground - and fix Bayonets)
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To: kcvl

that’s one helluva carbon footprint!


37 posted on 09/21/2011 11:31:27 AM PDT by jtal (Runnin' a World in Need with White Folks' Greed - since 1492)
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To: MrB

We’re already doing that (taxing the rich).

Next idea please.


How about taxing EVERYONE at same rate, say 18% no deductions and no tax credits, just 18% of your income...and one other thing, no weekly payment to the taxman, payment due from you by April 15.


38 posted on 09/21/2011 11:36:20 AM PDT by Rumplemeyer (The GOP should stand its ground - and fix Bayonets)
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To: martosko
It's a shame these clueless leftists from Hollywood get so much publicity for their predictably communist-flavored views. Ron Howard, with palatial homes in swanky Beverly Hills California and hyper-exclusive Greenwich, Connecticut 'is open' to taxing the 'rich' at higher rates. I suppose, because Ron Howard is wealthy, this is supposed to drive home the point that even the rich want to pay higher taxes, which is not only an absurd fallacy but side-steps the reality that the 'rich' already pay the biggest share of taxes and that hitting them harder out of some class-envy, mathematically-challenged concept that this somehow will solve America debt problem is sheer stupidity. As we all know, the U.S. government has a spending problem, not a revenue problem and taxing the 'rich' at higher rates won't begin to fix it. That supposedly clever people like Ron Howard (who is good at what he does - directing movies, not economics) foolishly buy into Obamas attempt to use class envy to get his latest tax increase passed is frustrating but hardly surprising. Ron Howard is a member in good standing of the show business club and being a brain dead liberal is a major requirement of membership. Congratulations, Ron. Your membership has just been renewed.
39 posted on 09/21/2011 11:37:11 AM PDT by Jim Scott ( "Game On!" - Sarah Palin)
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To: martosko

Opie’s showing his grasp of economics, bless his heart. *

*bless your heart - phrase used by Southern women to excuse themselves for speaking ill of someone else.


40 posted on 09/21/2011 11:39:45 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Rumplemeyer

There are several reforms that could be done.
The first one would be to eliminate withholding.

Make everyone write a check to the IRS every month, just like rent or mortgage payments.
or
Move tax day to Oct 31st (right before elections).

But seriously, I like the consumption tax (with the elimination of all other taxes of course).


41 posted on 09/21/2011 11:44:48 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Portcall24
Probably because he’s rich. On the other hand he’s bald. He could also advocate a bald tax for all bald men...or perhaps a tax on hair.

That tax would hit Meathead too.
42 posted on 09/21/2011 11:55:21 AM PDT by crosshairs (If Sharia Law becomes the law of the land, heads are gonna roll.)
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To: wally_bert

Never met any of them, but Dopie’s real life brother seems like a good guy, though he plays a lot of odd characters.


43 posted on 09/21/2011 11:58:08 AM PDT by This I Wonder32460
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To: Rumplemeyer
In my humble but exalted opinion, a REAL flat tax would be everybody paying the same.

Not the same percentage of anything; the same.

44 posted on 09/21/2011 12:01:49 PM PDT by Erasmus (I love "The Raven," but then what do I know? I'm just a poetaster.)
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To: martosko

Homer Simpson: “Rock stars ... is there anything they don’t know?” That applies to Hollywood people as well.


45 posted on 09/21/2011 12:06:57 PM PDT by shortstop (It's too bad that stupidity isn't painful)
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To: Erasmus

A head tax does indeed have merit.

Is a rich man afforded any more freedom under the law than a poor man?

No, I say.

Lefties argue, though, that the rich man has more to be protected by the government than the poor man, so should pay more.


46 posted on 09/21/2011 12:09:03 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Erasmus

i don’t follow you, please explain how to do this?


47 posted on 09/21/2011 12:18:06 PM PDT by Rumplemeyer (The GOP should stand its ground - and fix Bayonets)
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To: martosko

bkmk


48 posted on 09/21/2011 12:20:09 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: martosko

Dear Opie,

Please explain to me how the government taking more money from John is an improvement for Jane....


49 posted on 09/21/2011 12:37:57 PM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the "Dave Ramsey Fan" ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: martosko

From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.


50 posted on 09/21/2011 12:38:36 PM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the "Dave Ramsey Fan" ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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