A taxing problem

A taxing problem

Occupy Democracy—Pasadena rally to call on the rich to pay their ‘fair share’

By André Coleman 04/11/2013

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Just in time for Monday’s tax deadline, Occupy Democracy—Pasadena will hold its annual Fair Share Tax Day Rally from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on Colorado Boulevard, near Lake Avenue.

According to Occupy Pasadena—Democracy’s Patrick Briggs, the purpose of the rally is to call on the rich to pay their fair share in taxes.

This year, the group is claiming that Robin Hood’s “take from the rich and give to the poor” approach was correct, and rally organizers plan to make Robin Hood-style hats for the event to help get the message across.

“For 30 years the economic elite have made out like bandits with the household income of the richest [1 percent] rising [260 percent], and still the Republican Party and a few Democrats protect them from paying their fair share of taxes,” Briggs wrote in a prepared statement. “Join Occupy Democracy—Pasadena as we don our Robin Hood hats and take to the streets.”

The demonstration is being held near a busy business-district intersection, which houses branches of Wells Fargo Bank, Bank of America and Chase Bank — all previous  targets of the group.

Last year, more than 50 people attended the rally, which briefly shut down Bank of America. The bank closed its doors for about an hour after members of Occupy Democracy—Pasadena attempted to enter the branch and deliver a letter taking Wall Street to task.

“We are seeing an accelerated trend toward equality in taxation and that cannot happen,” said Briggs. “It is a system where corporations are allowed to freely take advantage of people by lowering their wages and then not paying their fair share of taxes.”

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My neighbors are both doctors. Their salaries put them squarely in the top 1% (note: you don't have to have Oprah's salary to be in the top 1%).

These folks didn't start making any money until they were nearly forty and had huge med school debt (ie still have a net worth below zero). They don't cheat on their taxes, but pay top rates for both state and federal. Virtually all of their deductions are phased out because they make too much money.

Please tell me why we should "take" from them and give to the "poor"? Please tell me why you think they are not paying their fair share?

posted by True Freedom on 4/13/13 @ 09:43 p.m.
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