Your new Tax Rate
NY Post has a good article on the "cliff' this Country is going to go over, also a good chart at the bottom of their page breaking out each income level. So now you too can see how much more you will be paying in Fed taxes
I was going to buy a new vehicle this year...not if we go off the 'cliff' I wont shop either...just food, gas and housing costs
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Many elected officials have never held "real" job and have never lead in times of trouble. It's sad that they can't find a solution ... It's very simple math ... Here is the sum of the expenses and here are the taxes that they conveniently call revenue ... Taxes can't be less than expenses
We need to cut expenses wisely, challenge entitlement programs and find a solution here. Raising taxes this draconian will kill the economy ...those who make more spend more
holy cArp - I'll be hit with an additional $53k in taxes
$778.57 Social Security
$716.30 National Defense
$579.58 Income Security
$224.78 Net Interest
$139.21 Education, Training, Employment and Social Services
$129.61 Veterans Benefits and Services
$79.62 Commerce and Housing Credit
$62.02 Administration of Justice
$56.25 International Affairs
$42.83 Natural Resources and Environment
$31.76 General Government
$31.69 Community and Regional Development
$30.99 General Science, Space and Technology
($98.90) Undistributed Offsetting Receipts
Go ahead, give it a try - Eliminate 1.3 Trillion dollars from the budget. What you'll find is that, in simple terms, you can eliminate everything below "Medicare", gutting essentially the entire federal government, to do so. You'll still have to pay the $224 Billion in interest on the National Debt, so you'll still have to come up with that much more to cut.
At this point, you've eliminated (roughly):
Department of Education
Department of Agriculture
Department of Veterans Affairs
Department of State and Other International Programs
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Energy
Department of Justice
Department of Transportation
Department of the Treasury
Department of the Interior
Department of Labor
Department of Commerce
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works
Environmental Protection Agency
National Science Foundation
Small Business Administration
Social Security Administration
Department of Health and Human Services including Medicare and Medicaid
Department of Defense including Overseas Contingency Operations
What a government! Frankly, I think about half of those federal departments have outlived their usefulness and could go, but most of them have budgets in the $10-$20 billion dollar range - chump change. Killing them off won't make a visible dent in the deficit.
Sure, you could cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, but you'd end up with 40 million photogenic retired people outside your door with pitchforks and torches.
You could cut the defense department - but that could never happen. Spending slightly less than the rest of the world COMBINED on the military is somehow sacrosanct. Even completely lopping off the defense department wouldn't balance the budget.
Are you willing to take a shot?
Also....as the Ag bill is tacked into this 'Cliff' dive. The price of milk is predicted to go up to $6-$8 a gallon. So not only will we pay more in Fed taxes but goods will go up as well.
FYI - I drink a gallon of milk a day, love it! So my monthly costs just went up $90 a month, roughly, just for Milk.
I don't know if I could cover my medical treatments and expenses if not for the VA and yes I had a Line of Duty accident not got drunk and fell down the stairs or a car wreck. I don't agree with the VA covering non line of duty things
The thing is you have to start somewhere and the sooner you start the sooner it is fixed. The longer you wait the harder it is going to be to take the cure. All these wildly out of hand Departments of bla, bla, bla need trimmed. The time for less Federal Government has long since passed. Implement a straight/flat tax and you can get rid of a great deal of the IRS - just an example. Everyone is going to need an attitude of "do more with less" including the DoD and ourselves as individuals.
I dont think my taxes are going to be affected much at all. But I guess you have to make a decent amount of money to get taxed on it. Im in favor of a universal tax rate. Everyone pays their share. I dont think the vast majority of the people on this site should be paying my share.
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