"Kirk, most new products, include anywhere from 13 to 18% federal income tax embedded in the price. Under a sales tax regimen, there is no federal income tax. So competition will drive costs down and eliminating all those embedded taxes will…"
"While I agree with most of what was said in the above article, I must point out that the 16th Amendment trumps what was written in the Constitution and the earlier amendments, in that it allows for . And before people start claiming that the 16th…"
"Mike, the problem with all of those taxes is that, regardless of stated "intent", all of those taxes end up in some other bucket. We currently have a gasoline tax. The stated purpose of gasoline taxes is to maintain roads and…"
"Shavager, you are absolutely correct about the underground economy. But there is one important point about that issue that you failed to mention. Who do illegal aliens compete against for jobs? Poor working Americans - those living at or near the…"
"Actually, Nicholas, the FairTax is the only tax proposal in Congress that IS constitutional. Even the economists and lobbyists (i.e. lawyers) who are paid to support the progressive income tax or flat income tax don't deny that the FairTax is…"
"The wetbacks were criminals before they were offered any benefits by the government. We don't need to be importing more criminals. We have enough criminals already. In fact, we have one in the White House and about 500 (give or take) in…"
"Somehow, I have trouble thinking of Hitler, who worked as a laborer and sometimes artist and who lived for a time in homeless shelters, as "elite." On the other hand, Hirohito was more than "elite," having been born to royalty.…"
"Records show that blockading Japan was discussed and promptly dismissed, since the Japanese people were capable of feeding themselves, even without fuel for tractors and such.
But you do make a point that was very significant in the decision to nuke…"
"My wife's father was one of the people who actually saw a large part of the millions of tons of arms, ammo and stores hidden the the thousands of caves that honeycombed the main island of Japan. The U.S. military knew that they were there and…"
"Marty, I fail to understand what you're saying about a 15% Exit Tax, as it would apply to those who are "not wealthy." There are some fees for renouncing, but nothing of which I'm aware, that would affect non-wealthy expats at…"
"Marty, just keep in mind that while that "Enhanced" driver license allows you to cross the border, it doesn't allow you to stay. Also, if you lose or give up your U.S. passport under such desperate conditions and you do not have…"
"I think that Shakespeare said it best and first, when he said, "Much ado about nothing."
In fact, it works the other way around, too.
Moshe Arens left the USA in 1948, to fight in the Arab-Israeli War and maintained his U.S.…"
"Rene, your belief that the ultra-rich don't pay tax is way off base. According to published IRS data, in 2011 (the latest tax year data available), the top 1% of U.S. personal income tax payers earned 18.7% of all income earned in the USA and…"
"Wayne, Blue Zones are a concept used to identify demographic and/or geographic areas of the world where people live measurably longer lives. I think that there are now 6 or 7 Blue Zones identified. People who live in Panama believe that the…"
"Steve, I believe that your interpretation of Article VI is probably pretty close to accurate. However, I will point out that Shmita is a Jewish doctrine and Religious Jews make up only 1.8% of the U.S. population. By contrast Catholics make up…"