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Old 07-25-2019, 03:00 PM
Scylla is offline
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Originally Posted by thorny locust View Post
There is no 47% who don't pay taxes.

The 47% who don't pay income taxes pay sales taxes, social security and medicare tax (yes those are taxes) and directly or indirectly property taxes. None of these are progressive, so as a percentage of income they all fall far more heavily on low-income than on high-income people.
Absolutely true.

Problem is: we have an economy that is so structured that it won't work unless there are an awful lot of people working at jobs that don't pay enough to live on.

I’m not sure I understand. I am thinking about those supply/demand charts from Econ 101. People own their own labor and can sell it as they see fit. If it was not a living wage, wouldn’t they go elsewhere, thus limiting supply and driving up price?

And the society then wants to punish the people who are working long hours raising the food, cooking the food, cleaning up the mess, taking care of children, taking care of those who are ill, and doing other jobs which are essential for the functioning of society, by not only paying them poorly (or sometimes not paying them at all), but sneering at them for having trouble paying their bills.
You are characterizing society as a punishing sneering entity. It’s not really.

Last edited by Scylla; 07-25-2019 at 03:01 PM.