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POLL: To Tax the Rich: Continuing the Discourse

Three Wilton Patch readers make left, right and moderate cases on whether or not to tax the top one-percent of income earners.

POLL: To Tax the Rich: Continuing the Discourse

Last week’s article featuring over 30 comments, with readers coming from all sides of the issue. Our reader poll showed that out of 163 votes, 60 percent of those who participated in the poll agreed with taxing the wealthiest one-percent of Americans, 36-percent were opposed to the notion and three-percent were undecided.

The conversation in the comments has been lively and (miracuously) almost totally devoid of inflammatory, name-calling rhetoric. Below are three strong viewpoints from Wilton Patch readers. Whom do you agree with, and why?

 

“E. Thibault”: Says she has no problem paying more because she makes more (which she does)

“Fair and equitable are two different things. Say the percentage is 10% 

Someone who has to support themselves, and possibly contribute to others, while earning $20k a year, would pay $2k in taxes. 
Another individual, with the same obligations, earning $150k, pays $15k in taxes.

Do you think that living on $18k is more challenging than living on $135k? In my opinion, that $2k is going to make a lot more of a difference to that first person than the $15k is going to make to the second.

And while $100k doesn't go nearly as far in Fairfield County as other places in the state or country, it certainly is enough to allow us to save at least 15%, live in nice neighborhoods, drive newer cars, go out to dinner frequently, go on vacation, and enjoy other luxuries in life. I graduated college with 100K in student loans, and made less than half of this amount when I first moved here, and I can say from experience, that all of what I've mentioned is the lifestyle I live, while still having paid off my expenses.

I'll happily pay my taxes, as I earn my higher income, to allow the children of that $20k earner to keep the extra $2k and feed them.”

“Jlo”:  Wants to put a ring on it, and keep it.

“I tend to agree with Mr. Alper. The most equitable thing is for everyone to pay the same percentage basis of their income to taxes. Of course the richest should pay their fair share but you can't expect them to shoulder everyone else’s responsibilities….In Fairfield County a six-figure income does not make you rich. If you are single and making 100k a year you are living comfortably but not putting much, if anything, in the bank once you have paid taxes, gas/car expense, rent/mortgage, food, and all the other incidentals. Add kids into the equation and you will need a much higher income if you expect to support them, save for retirement, and put something away to help with their education.”

Steve Symonds: We need better leaders who are willing to compromise in order to solve this

“… It's a fact and has gotten much worse in the past decade. And it doesn't take a genius to notice that companies who were bad actors and brought the economy to the brink of disaster were saved by us taxpayers and now have record profits - part of which they pay to lobbyists to kill laws and regulations enacted precisely to keep these companies from imperiling our economy going forward. There is plenty of blame to spread around - but what there is not plenty of is a willingness to compromise which is the essence of democracy. We need leaders - yes in [Wilton] as well - who are interested in working together to find solutions...not in making inflammatory statements that equate groups of folks [such as the Occupy Wall Street protestors] using their Constitutionally-protected right to assembly demonstrates presidential ineffectiveness. Pathetic.”

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