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Debate Tuesday

February 8, 2005

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Mark welcomes his old colleague Tom Robins, State Chair of Utah College Republicans to appear in person on the televised INSIDE SCOOP on Channel 10. You can also hear the show on radio or on the Internet right here on this website.
Obvious debate topics: the Bush Social Security Plan, the future of Iraq, and the Bush budget of 2006
Less obvious debate topics: anything YOU raise with my guest or me

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  • Daniel's tax preparer February 13, 2005 11:40 am

    Daniel–we had a budget surplus with the Clinton administration

  • Daniel's tax preparer February 13, 2005 11:40 am

    Daniel–we had a budget surplus with the Clinton administration

  • Daniel February 12, 2005 10:58 pm

    Accounts Receivable Tax
    Building Permit Tax
    Capital Gains Tax
    CDL license Tax
    Cigarette Tax
    Corporate Income Tax
    Court Fines
    (indirect taxes)
    Dog License Tax
    Federal Income Tax
    Federal Unemployment Tax
    Fishing License Tax
    Food License Tax
    Fuel permit tax
    Gasoline Tax
    (42 cents per gallon)
    Hunting License Tax
    Inheritance Tax Interest expense
    (tax on the money)
    Inventory tax IRS Interest Charges
    (tax on top of tax)
    IRS Penalties
    (tax on top of tax)
    Liquor Tax
    Local Income Tax
    Luxury Taxes
    Marriage License Tax
    Medicare Tax
    Property Tax
    Real Estate Tax
    Septic Permit Tax
    Service Charge Taxes
    Social Security Tax
    Road Usage Taxes
    Sales Taxes
    Recreational Vehicle Tax
    Road Toll Booth Taxes
    School Tax
    State Income Tax
    State Unemployment Tax
    Telephone federal excise tax
    Telephone federal universal service fee tax
    Telephone federal, state and
    local surcharge taxes
    Telephone minimum usage surcharge tax
    Telephone recurring and non-recurring charges tax
    Telephone state and local tax
    Telephone usage charge tax
    Toll Bridge Taxes
    Toll Tunnel Taxes
    Traffic Fines
    (indirect taxation)
    Trailer registration tax
    Utility Taxes
    Vehicle License Registration Tax
    Vehicle Sales Tax
    Watercraft registration Tax
    Well Permit Tax
    Workers Compensation Tax
    Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago and our nation was the most prosperous in the world, had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.
    What happened?

  • Mark Levine February 11, 2005 7:45 pm

    Personally, Vicky, I support each person able to pass on $1 million to their children (so a mom and dad can give up to 2 million) tax free. Spouses should be able to give to each other up to, say, $100 million (after that is really greedy). Perhaps even a greater amount should be tax free for a couple with more than say 4 children, up to $500,000 per kid. After that, I’d tax. If a person can’t succeed in life with a beginning nest egg of half a million (indexed for inflation), then maybe he/she needs to get a job!
    As for the Bible, I am admittedly more familiar with the Old Testament than the New (given my heritage), although I have read or skimmed the entire Bible, including the New Testament. (OK, I skipped some of the Psalms and Song of Songs and skimmed some of the Letters in the NT..but I read most of it!) In any case, I do know that in the Old Testament, I think it’s Leviticus but honestly I don’t remember where, each and every land owner was required by law to a leave a corner of their field unharvested for the poor and every 50 years, there was complete land redistribution and debt forgiveness so everyone could start with an equal shake in life (the Jubilee Year). The Biblical proposal — government expropriation of land and redistribution, forgiving all debts, and freeing all the slaves — is a more extreme socialist route than I would approve (though I like the freeing of slaves!), but all that shows is I’m not as liberal as the Bible is!
    Clearly the Bible favors extreme redistribution of wealth. That may or may not be your particular view, but it was the Law of the Israelites as ordained by God in the Bible.

  • Vicky February 11, 2005 6:43 pm

    I also think that the more money people have, the greedier they become. (Not in all instances, of course.)