Guest Author - Kate Woods
Competiveness is a strange behavior pattern. It sometimes causes people to point fingers and place labels on the competitions behavior. There has been much ado about the story of Joe the Plumber and spreading the wealth. Because of this story socialist labels have been levied on the Democrats and have been spewed into the media limelight. But it is a fact that one of our first tax credits for tax and wealth redistribution was created during the Republican Reagan presidential term.(per CNN)
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The Earned Income Tax Credit was created during the Republican Reagan presidential term. It is a credit that is available to low income wage earners. If a taxpayer qualifies for the Earned Income Tax Credit, they do not have to pay taxes to receive a tax refund. Is this a redistribution of wealth? Is this socialism? Is this fair and equal tax policy?
Wealthy Americans, as well as low and middle income Americans, also collect Social Security and Medicare but their highest income dollars are not taxed for Social Security so only a percentage of their earnings are taxed for Social Security when low and middle income taxpayers pay social security on every dollar they earn. Is this redistribution of wealth? Is this socialism? Is this fair and equal tax policy?
The Bush Economic Stimulus Payments were sent out to some taxpayers who were not required to file returns because they did not have to pay taxes on their income. Yet they received refunds. Is this a redistribution of wealth? Is this socialism? Is this fair and equal tax policy?
Higher Income taxpayers benefited under the Bush tax policies at a greater percentage of tax savings than middle and lower income taxpayers. Is this fair and equal tax policy? Is it fair and equal tax policy for the top 1% of the country to have the wealth redistributed upward to them at the expense of the middle and lower income taxpayers? Is this redistribution of wealth? Is this socialism? Is this fair and equal tax policy?
Redistribution of wealth goes in both directions and is done by both parties. But over the last eight years tax law has been unequally favorable to the wealthy at the expense of the lower and middle income levels. The thing that is important regarding this concept is to know when and how to use it for the benefit of all Americans.
Isn't it time for a change that is ultimately in the best interests of all income levels? Too many failed policies for too long cannot be repeated. As Einstein warned, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." There must be a change in ideology for a brighter day to come!
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