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Comment: Re:I'm all for abolishing the IRS (Score 1) 314

by AK Marc (#49381789) Attached to: Sign Up At irs.gov Before Crooks Do It For You

in the fair tax book which explains the proposed system, they explain that the initial rate is designed to be revenue neutral.

What I proposed is "revenue neutral" to the government as well. What Fair Tax does is link the tax to government spending, but I haven't seen it link the payout to inflation. I'm stating that the prebate should be linked to a livable payout, adjusted by inflation. And, like the Fair Tax, the tax rate should then be used to balance the budget. Though I'd go father and prohibit deficit spending, and instead adjust the taxes to cover spending increases.

Though I'd expect that it would make recessions worse, as when the economy gets worse, the taxes would go up (as consumer spending would go down, and government spending would go up). But that's a problem with Fair Tax as well.

Comment: Re: I'm all for abolishing the IRS (Score 1) 314

by AK Marc (#49380209) Attached to: Sign Up At irs.gov Before Crooks Do It For You
The only pickup I can think of that would be close is the VW Rabbit Pickup. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V...

But that's significantly like the El Camino, so not without precedent. Some others had a removable partition between the cab and the storage, so you could put a cap on the back and it'd be like it was inside the cab.

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 296

by AK Marc (#49380175) Attached to: Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad Thinks He Doesn't Use E-mail

I'm not sure what the bolded part means.

That it's exeedingly rare when the gun-nuts say "rather than that unconstitutional legislation, why don't you try to change the Constitution so it would be legal?"

I think because the gun-nuts are worried that the gun haters would actually try it.

For all the lawsuits on guns, it would make sense to "clarify" the right in the Constitution. It's obviously a point that needs clarification. But I see the gun nuts backing down from that stance because they don't want the Amendment process to weaken it.

Comment: Re:I'm all for abolishing the IRS (Score 1) 314

by AK Marc (#49380127) Attached to: Sign Up At irs.gov Before Crooks Do It For You
So you are saying that pushing a social agenda through legislation isn't an idea that the conservatives whine about the liberals doing constantly? (yes, deliberately worded so that "constantly" is ambiguous, it could be the conservatives constantly whining, or the liberals constantly pushing legislation that pushes a social agenda, or both)

Or are you saying that passing legislation to "encourage" an act, like saving isn't pushing a social agenda through legislation?

Comment: Re: I'm all for abolishing the IRS (Score 1) 314

by AK Marc (#49377399) Attached to: Sign Up At irs.gov Before Crooks Do It For You
But if I make $100k at 10% tax, and I save 10%, I'm left with $9k. If I'm taxed on spending, not income, then I have $1000 more at the end of the year.

The temporarily embarrassed Millionaires like to think that they'll have millions in savings return income, and so long as they don't spend it, they will make more money.

Comment: Re:I'm all for abolishing the IRS (Score 1) 314

by AK Marc (#49377355) Attached to: Sign Up At irs.gov Before Crooks Do It For You
If income tax was abolished, then the IRS should go with it. The IRS exists solely to administer Income tax. So abolish that, and the IRS is dead. Though the organization that replaces it may share the same name, it won't be the same.

Even if the income tax changes to PAYE, that would eliminate more than half the work of the IRS, even if an income tax still remained. The enforcement arm could be 1/100th of today with PAYE. That changes the IRS fundamentally.

The IRS doesn't need to change. The laws that generate income for the US should be changed. Of course, that would necessarily change the IRS as well.

Comment: Re:Tax something that correlates strongly (Score 1) 314

by AK Marc (#49377265) Attached to: Sign Up At irs.gov Before Crooks Do It For You
Fuel tax is so low it doesn't pay for roads, but maybe 1/10th of roads. The most common fuel tax is an excise tax, pennies per gallon, not too bad when it started, but not linked to inflation or fuel cost. So the percent of fuel that went to taxes has steadily dropped to where it might as well be zero.

Comment: Re:I'm all for abolishing the IRS (Score 1) 314

by AK Marc (#49377203) Attached to: Sign Up At irs.gov Before Crooks Do It For You
The miser is hoarding cash. Not competing to buy the goods you want doesn't make much difference. But taxing spending of the person borrowing a million to spend it, you are taxing money that isn't there from someone who can't afford it. Taxing the production is more "fair" for the average person. Taxing the spending is considered better by those who assert that they live within their means. Tax becomes optional at that point.

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