This one is for all the political activists. I am so sick of seeing people praying and wishing for the government to start enforcing a high income tax on the rich to redistribute the wealth of the people. There will always be rich & poor people in a society, some more unevenly distributed than others. But quite frankly the way I see it is that the government has no business going into an individual’s bank account and STEALING 50%-60% of their income. If that person has lawfully and honestly earned that money, then no one ought to be able to take it away.
Think of it this way: as a student working hard in a challenging class you finally receive the well deserved 100% in the class. Shortly after you see your report card you are informed that 50% of your grade will be taken and redistributed to the students in class with the lowest grades. You have no control and no say in the fact that your 100% will now be seen as a 50% despite the numerous hours you put in to earn that A+.
Money is an incentive to work harder, to be better. Taxing the rich is discrimination, believe it or not. When I was little, I wanted to grow up and be rich and help my family. Nowadays, how could I strive for that when I know my hard-earned money will be taken from me?
If you want to do something about the uneven wealth distribution and its effects, go to the SOURCE such as regulating business and cleaning up budgets, NOT stealing from the well-off citizens to balance the mess.
I’m sorry, but I’ve lived in Sweden, and that’s not how it works. Also note that that number, for Sweden at least, is the MAX income tax percentage possible. But that’s not my issue here. Let’s talk about how this money is redistributed.
Do you live in the United States? If so, please tell me about the state of the roads in your area? If it’s at all like where I live in the good old US of A, they’re shit. Why? Because the governments, local and state and federal, don’t have enough money to keep them in good repair. In Sweden, a nice chunk of that tax money goes toward making sure the roads are well kept, because if the roads are well kept, then odds are better your car is not going to be damaged by them and oh hey then that’s less money you have to spend on the upkeep of your vehicle.
Tell me, how’s your health insurance? Can you go to any doctor or clinic in town and be seen for a nominal fee? Of course not! This is America, where everything’s privatized and we’re all looking to make the best profit. What about hospital visits? We all know those kinds of things can bankrupt a family here; it does on a regular basis. And yet you’re putting down a country with a higher income tax when I know for a FACT that a good portion of that money goes into the healthcare system that ensures that ALL residents have access to healthcare for minimal out-of-pocket fees. And you know what else? If you spend more than a fixed amount in doctor’s visits within a year, you get a nice little card that gives you FREE doctor’s visits for a year from that first payment. You know, so people are not having to forgo having sufficient food or new clothes because they have to go to the hospital. Oh, and the hospital visits? You don’t pay out of pocket for the treatments; you pay for your bed and food in the hospital, an amount that ends up being something around $10/day. And they can do this because their doctors are paid reasonably for the work they do, and also they don’t have ridiculous amounts of student loan debt to pay off.
Which brings me to my next point: higher education. Tell me what’s your student loan debt like? I just saw a statistic that we, in the United Stated, have a trillion dollars in student loan debt. Why is that? Well, we’ve privatized education. You want to know how much my husband paid to attend university in Sweden and get both his Bachelor’s and his Master’s degrees? $0 in tuition. That’s also what I paid to attend an intensive Swedish language course while I lived there. Now, you still have to buy your books and pay your student union fees, but that’s nothing compared to the $44,000/year I was paying in tuition here in the US. You know when I’m looking at paying all of that back? Maybe by the time I retire. Maybe. In fact, students in Sweden can actually receive a stipend from the government to help cover things like living expenses, so they are not forced to have a side job in addition to going to school full-time. It’s a nice feeling, knowing that the government actually wants you to graduate from university without having to worry about things like what you can afford to eat. I’m not saying it’s the most generous stipend, but it’s enough to rent an apartment (maybe with a flatmate) and have a moderately healthy diet.
Not being burdened with that amount of debt is a huge relief when you’re fresh out of university and getting a job. Then again, the wage gap isn’t NEARLY so severe over there. Those who make the most in the company don’t make terribly much more than those who make the least. So the company VP isn’t making hundreds of thousands more than the guy on the factory floor.
Of course, remember that your numbers here don’t take into account the cost of living in these countries. What’s the cost of housing, food, transportation? Many people in these countries make use of excellent public transportation, made possible because of the higher taxes and the money invested into this stuff.
So when you say that 50% of your money is “given” to people who don’t make as much, that’s not actually accurate. It’s invested in the infrastructure that supports ALL the people of the country, no matter their income. If taxing the rich is discrimination, then isn’t taxing anyone discrimination? You should pay taxes proportional to your income, so that you can support your society. Otherwise you might as well go take your money and hide in a cave for all the good it would being you and the rest of the country.
Reblogging for the commentary above and also because the taxes and the average salary stated above are a lie as far as Sweden goes, so the entire argument is flawed to begin with. The national annual average salary in Sweden is 36, 167 USD and taxes in Sweden work as follows:
- For a person who earns less than 2906 USD in a year, no tax is applicable.
- For a person who earns between 2907 USD and 65, 566 USD in a year, the income tax payable is between 29% and 32%, depending on the council area one is living in.
- For a person who earns between 65, 567 USD and 93,005 USD in a year, the income tax payable is between 49% and 52%, depending on the council area one is living in.
- For a person earning more than 93,006 USD in a year, the income tax payable is no more than a maximum of 56%.
In other words, most people pay a maximum of 32% in taxes on a yearly basis and this pays for free healthcare, free education (including university), free school lunches, roads, 18 months paid parental leave, income insurances if you find yourself unemployed, and a shit-load of other things I don’t have the time to list.
Another thing worth mentioning; the mimimum wage in the States is 7,25 USD an hour; Sweden hasn’t got a national minimum wage and instead uses collective agreements to set minimum wages based on profession, and the average minimum wage set by collective agreements in Sweden is 12,75 USD. Not only do our taxes pay for an awful lot most Americans can’t dream of affording, we earn more than you do as well.
Taxes do not equal the end of the world. Quit swallowing right-wing lies. Having relatively high taxes is not the same as living in Soviet under Stalin.
There’s so much truth here I just had to reblog it. And I think I’m moving to Sweden.
They’re standing on the corner and they can’t speak English.
I can’t even talk the way these people talk:
Why you ain’t,
Where you is,
What he drive,
Where he stay,
Where he work,
Who you be…
And I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk.
And then I heard the father talk.
Everybody knows it’s important to speak English except these knuckleheads. You can’t be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth.
In fact you will never get any kind of job making a decent living.
People marched and were hit in the face with rocks to get an Education, and now we’ve got these knuckleheads walking around.
The lower economic people are not holding up their end in this deal.
These people are not parenting. They are buying things for kids.
$500 sneakers for what?
And they won’t spend $200 for Hooked on Phonics.
I am talking about these people who cry when their son is standing there in an orange suit.
Where were you when he was 2?
Where were you when he was 12?
Where were you when he was 18 and how come you didn’t know that he had a pistol?
And where is the father? Or who is his father?
People putting their clothes on backward:
Isn’t that a sign of something gone wrong?
People with their hats on backward, pants down around the crack, isn’t that a sign of something?
Isn’t it a sign of something when she has her dress all the way up and got all type of needles [piercing] going through her body?
What part of Africa did this come from??
We are not Africans. Those people are not Africans; they don’t know a thing about Africa …..
I say this all of the time. It would be like white people saying they are European-American. That is totally stupid.
I was born here, and so were my parents and grand parents and, very likely my great grandparents. I don’t have any connection to Africa, no more than white Americans have to Germany , Scotland , England , Ireland , or the Netherlands . The same applies to 99 percent of all the black Americans as regards to Africa . So stop, already! ! !
With names like Shaniqua, Taliqua and Mohammed and all of that crap ……… And all of them are in jail.
Brown or black versus the Board of Education is no longer the white person’s problem.
We have got to take the neighborhood back.
People used to be ashamed. Today a woman has eight children with eight different ‘husbands’ — or men or whatever you call them now.
We have millionaire football players who cannot read.
We have million-dollar basketball players who can’t write two paragraphs. We, as black folks have to do a better job.
Someone working at Wal-Mart with seven kids, you are hurting us.
We have to start holding each other to a higher standard..
We cannot blame the white people any longer.’
~Dr.. William Henry ‘Bill’ Cosby, Jr., Ed..D.
American History 101
truth. i honestly dont give a rats ass if you unfollow me for this. learn the truth, sometimes the truth hurts.
Reblogging for the gif about shrinking Native American territories. Just look at the huge difference between 1860 and 1870. In just ten years.
Not American, but as a Canadian who’s family background is First Nations, it really hits home.
Truth. And I’m an American.
Code Monkeys (TV Series)
(2007) TV-14 [2 Seasons]
Designed in the style of an early-1980s video game, this outrageous animated series centers on the gonzo programmers at tech startup GameaVision and their antiheroic struggles to get their ideas off the ground. Stoner lead programmer Dave pursues every crackpot impulse, whether joining an underground eating competition or teaming up with pro wrestlers, while neatnik best bud Jerry meekly plays along, and scheming new boss Mr. Larrity cries foul.
6.8/10 - IMDB
Awesome!!! I have Season 1 on DVD already but never got to the second one. This show was what made G4 such a good channel…back when it actually was good.
Microsoft Removes Used Game, Internet Policies From Xbox One
Microsoft announced today that many of the policies that drew up outrage among the gaming community would be removed from the Xbox One.
Among the removed features include: restrictions on used games, required internet connectivity, and region-locking.
The Xbox One will still require an internet connection on its initial set-up, but allegedly will act similarly to the Xbox 360 for its other functions. This means that after installation, disc-based games will need to have the disc in the system to play, and you will be able to bring your disc over to a friend’s house to play games.
Ironically enough, Don Mattrick made the announcement today; the same Microsoft executive who said before E3 that users who wanted an offline experience could stick to the Xbox 360.
Is this enough to win back the audience that has been alienated during the past few weeks, or has the damage already been done?
Talk to me two years from now when the bugs are worked out, there’s games I’m actually interested in, and it’s less than $300.
PS4 in the meantime, assholes!
Step-by-step how to lend games to your friends. http://www.playstation.com/ps4
Ouch! Microsoft just got Dick Slapped!! Absolutely Epic!!!!
Okay, we’re going to have another epic word fuck but this time no one’s in trouble, I just want to clear up a few things that a lot of people seem a little confused about. It’s not your fault, you just got a little mixed up, there are a lot of different things being said and they’re being said by sources you trust. But…what grandma says is not always right, even if she says it while serving you the most delicious apple pie you’ve ever tasted.
Good food does not mean good information. For instance, a lot of you seem to think sex is bad. That homosexuality is bad. That masturbating until you’re an unintelligible cum drunken mess is bad. That sharing your sexuality is bad. These are not bad things, these are all amazing, happy, rainbow jizzing, fabulousness!
There are a lot of people that use religion as an excuse for why all these things are bad and I have just one teeeeeensy tiny problem with that. You believe in intelligent design. You believe that man and woman were created in a purposeful and rational way by a creator with infinite knowledge and power. That creator made us exactly the way we were supposed to be without any mistakes because that creator can’t make mistakes but uh…sex feels good.
Like, if you haven’t had it I really suggest jumping on the wagon fast. Sex is the bee’s knees man. Like, a quadruple chocolate shake with mile high whipped cream and fucking sparklers shoved in it! If feels fabulous and it feels just as fabulous whether I’m smooshing my bits against those of the same sex or of the opposite sooooo….was that a mistake? I mean, this creator dude sets out to create us and gives us this amazing firework blazing set of nerve bundles but we’re not supposed to enjoy them?
If you believe in intelligent design you really can’t say sex is bad. If you believe in this all powerful and benign god then can you really say that he created us to be ashamed of sex and sexuality? I mean, wasn’t there a big thing about that in Christianity? When we were awesome we were naked and fucking like bunnies but then there was a snake and suddenly we started covering our asses up? See that? Bad thing happens, the panties go on. That does not sound like a deity that’s against sex.
In any case, you have to accept that either sex is a good thing and you shouldn’t pretend it doesn’t happen or that you don’t want it ooooor, my clit was a terrible, terrible mistake made by a big infinitely knowledgeable dude in the sky that can’t make mistakes. I think I’ll side with orgasms, you?
Holy shit I just fell in love with this girl!!