zartan, on 14 April 2014 - 06:10 PM, said:
This is unadulterated horse
. Look at our country before the New Deal, or Russia after Communism. Utopian free market paradises they were not
Russia was still an economic
hole during most of the Soviet Union era. I suppose it was nice if you were one of the elites though. Outside of the Great Depression the US was in really good shape before the New Deal - which arguably extended the length of the Great Depression and has still had a lasting negative impact in the US.
(pretty interesting article on this subject by people a lot smarter than myself)
zartan, on 14 April 2014 - 05:55 PM, said:
The flat tax would unfairly benefit the rich. They get more from the government, so they should pay more
Elaborate, if you don't mind. This statement was true up until the 1920's - Republicans were for big government and had corporate/big business support because big government (tariffs, infrastructure etc.) was a major benefit to them at the time. It's pretty interesting really, the Republican party has always been big business but not always small government - their stance on the size of the Federal Government changed with the desires of corporations.
For what it's worth I would like to see a Flat Tax provided there are no workarounds for the affluent and that some welfare programs are cut (includes no more bailing out failure corporations and banks)
Edited by TheRealBrave, 17 April 2014 - 03:36 PM.