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John F. Kennedy Talks Taxes:

"The final and best means of strengthening demand among consumers and business is to reduce the burden on private income and the deterrents to private initiative which are imposed by our present tax system -- and this administration pledged itself last summer to an across-the-board, top to bottom cut in personal and corporate income taxes . . . Pres.John F. KennedyI am not talking about a 'quickie' or temporary tax cut. Nor am I talking about giving the economy a mere shot in the arm, to ease some temporary complaint. I am talking about the accumulated evidence of the last five years that our present tax system . . . exerts too heavy a drag on growth in peacetime--that it siphons out of the private economy too large a share of personal and business purchasing power--that it reduces the financial incentives for personal effort, investment and risk taking."

The Result: The Revenue Act of 1964, which cut the top individual income tax rate from 91 percent to 70 percent, the corporate rate from 52 percent to 48 percent.

Powell, Jim (2003). FDR'S Folly: How Roosevelt and his New Deal prolonged The Great Depression. New York, Crown Forum.

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Return to MW Home Page Mr. Wonderful speaks on tax increases:

Every time you hear government officials or their spokesmen in the DeMedia whining about how much a tax cut will "cost" the treasury, think about the various taxes they are already harvesting at gun point from all hard-working American's. Can you imagine any corporation having this many streams of income and complaining about not having enough revenue? This is why I say again and again, if the government comes to us asking for more money, ie., to vote a tax upon ourselves, no matter how sincere sounding the cause, we must always tell them "No." Not only "No", but "Hell No!"

The core source of the income governments tax is generated by the efforts of individual citizens, be they Diamondback's Pitcher Randy Johnson, earning $365,000 per week, or your Mr.Wonderful, earning $365,000 per decade, or S. Robson Walton earning $365,000 per day, the bottom line is this: Do we "trust" the person who actually earned the money to spend it in a way that will grow our Free Enterprise System and allow the most generous peoples this planet has ever known to continue their charitable ways, or do we believe that elected or appointed and oftentimes power-hungry and unaccountable bureaucrats will spend these same dollars in our own best interests? RJ pointing at IRS agent in the stands

Below is a partial list of taxes American's pay.

    Income taxes, general taxes both federal & state:
  • wages
  • interest
  • dividends
  • capital gains

    Payroll withholding:

  • Federal income tax
  • Medicare*
  • Social Security* (shown as FICA)
  • State income tax
    *NOTE that Medicare and the arcane named FICA withholdings are purposely lumped together not only to confuse but to disguise the exact percentage and/or dollar amount that Medicare depletes each and every one of your paychecks by. When the 2003 Bush prescription drug plan is fully utilized by our unhealthful, rapacious and retired seniors, regardless of how much you diet and exercise and don't smoke, drug or drink to excess, your Medicare taxes will approach the amount of your federal income tax withholdings.

    Taxes collected at the register:

  • State
  • City
  • County
  • Liquor
  • Tobacco
  • Special taxing district

Real Estate Taxes
Maricopa County, AZ 2003 Property Tax Information Statement)
Taxing Jurisdiction Name
Cumulative Tax Rate %
Per $100 of assessed value
General County Fund
Education Equalization
City of Phoenix
Scottsdale Unified
Maricopa County Comm. College
Flood Control of Maricopa Cty
Central AZ Water Consv. Dist
Vol. Fire Dist Assistance
County Library
East Valley Institute Tech

    Gasoline taxes:
    (In Arizona these taxes are not revealed at the pump or on the printed receipt. This from the same government which insists food manufacturer's list every gram of fiber, carbohydrate, fat, calorie and insect fragment in everything they produce.)
  • Federal excise
  • State excise
  • State sales tax

    Federal Highway Use Taxes:

  • Paid by truckers to the IRS. Ranges from $100 to $550 per vehicle

    Taxes, termed 'registration fees':

  • Auto
  • Boats
  • Trailers
  • Motor homes
  • motorcycles

    City/County taxes disguised as:

  • fees
  • permits
  • licenses

    State fees:

  • Driver's license
  • Various professional licenses

    Inheritance taxes:

  • Federal
  • State

    Gift taxes:

  • Federal
  • State

    Double taxation on dividends:

  • Corporations pay taxes on all income prior to dividends being paid out and then taxes are paid on the dividends by the owner of the stock.

    Hidden taxes:

  • Within bank charges and insurance premiums

    Miscellaneous taxes on:

  • Airline tickets
  • Hotel rooms
  • Rental car surcharges (Phoenix Sky Harbor 27.75%)
    USA Today: Phoenix Clobbers Car Renters . . .
A.P.S. Electric Utility taxes, surcharges & assessments:
(Retrieved from Arizona Public Service statement dated 11/03/2003)
  1. ACC mandated environmental surcharge
  2. Regulatory assessment
  3. Sales tax

Mobile Phone taxes and surcharges:
(Taken off of my Verizon Wireless bill of 7/4/2005)

  1. Fed Universal Service Charge
  2. Regulatory charge
  3. AZ Trans Priv Sur on Tele
  4. AZ Trans Priv Surchg
  5. Maricopa Cnty Trn Priv Sur Tel
  6. AZ State E911 Fee
  7. Maricopa Ctny Trans Priv Surch
  8. Scottsdale Trn Priv Sur on Tel
  9. Scottsdale Trans Priv Surchg

Telephone taxes and surcharges:
(Taken off of my Cox Communications bill of 10/17/2003)

  1. Federal excise tax
  2. State sales tax
  3. County sales tax
  4. E911 tax
  5. Telecommunication Fund for the Deaf
  6. State universal service fund
  7. Local communications sales tax
  8. Universal service fund fee

Storage room taxes:
(Taken off of my Ace Self Storage bill of 2/12/2004)

  1. 2.4% Rental Tax

Miscellaneous Taxes Not Collected in Every State:

  • Taxes on corporations
    Consider this: the more money a corporation or business spends on Social Security, unemployment taxes, income taxes, permits, fees, complying with government mandates, the more it must charge for its products or services and the less it can budget for payroll, benefits and dividends. Big government backer's revel when the U.S. Free Market is burdened with high taxes, nonsensical mandates and expensive regulations, because this leaves business with far fewer dollars to return to the employees, which in turns forces many of these same deprived employees, in their ignorance (due to the laughable state of our public education system) to turn to government for special benefits.
  • Transfer tax stamps and recording fees on real estate transactions
  • Import duties / Tariffs on foreign-made goods
    A recent Fortune Magazine article stated that import taxes on foreign made clothes alone add up to 66% of the retail price of a garment purchased in the United States!
  • U.S. Customs taxes on items you bring into the country
  • Township taxes
  • State tax on your assets or capital (stock, bonds, savings)
  • Taxes on water bill
  • EPA fees, levies and duties on garbage collection and worn tire disposal

Calculate from the list above what you paid in taxes last year. Divide the total taxes you paid by your gross income (your income before taxes). Then multiply this number by 100 the result will be the percentage of your income you paid in taxes. You will have the shock of your life. Most American's labor 1,040 hours (which is equal to 26 weeks) every year just to pay the myriad of taxes that our governments burden us with.
Another list of taxes here: Some of the Taxes We Pay Today Return to MW Talks Politics

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