Every time a pundit or elected official is on any TV news program, it should be a polite formality to mention that GE has made such and such billions off the war in Iraq by selling arms or that Murdoch is a right-wing activist with a clear stake in who wins and who taxes his profits the least.
Big swings in the wholesale price of electricity are not unusual in the summer, when high demand taxes generators’ ability to supply power.
Let them march all they want, as long as they continue to pay their taxes.
You know, you cut taxes for the rich sometimes and it sits in a bank account. You cut taxes for the middle class, they will spend the money.
All’s the government should do is keep the taxes and regulations at a manageable rate, keep a decent standing army and get out of the way.
Whoever is for higher taxes, feel free to pay higher taxes.
I’m proud to pay taxes in the United States the only thing is, I could be just as proud for half the money.
When governments run on petro dollars or petro revenue instead of taxes, then they kind of sever the link between taxation and representation, and if you’re not being taxed, then you’re not being represented.
There were no jobs created in America from 1945, when the war ended, through 2003. How could there be? Taxes were too high. Preposterously so under Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, Reagan (who left office with a 28 percent rate on long-term capital gains) and Bush the Elder.
Contrary to the myth that Mr. Bush cut taxes only for the wealthy, the 2001 tax cut reduced taxes for every income-tax payer in the country.
Cutting taxes for very high income people an average of more than $100,000 a year for people that make more than a million dollars a year is not an effective way to get the economy going.
We will have bigger bureaucracies, bigger labor unions, and bigger state-run corporations. It will be harder to be an entrepreneur because of punitive taxes and regulations. The rewards of success will be expropriated for the sake of attaining greater income equality.
I will cut taxes – cut taxes – for 95 percent of all working families, because, in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle class.
In 2008, Goldman Sachs only paid 1.1 percent of its income in taxes even though it earned a profit of $2.3 billion and received an almost $800 billion from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury Department.
Most of us have not heard about Master Limited Partnerships. These special financing arrangements allow oil and gas investors to avoid paying certain corporate income taxes, but are not available to clean energy businesses.
Huguette Clark has had her own tax liens – four times, the IRS has filed to collect taxes from her.
Nine times out of ten, people consider a nice little Jewish boy the kid who grows up and sits behind a desk preparing your taxes. I’ve certainly broken that stereotype in many ways.
When a nation is over-reliant on one or two commodities like oil or precious minerals, corrupt government ministers and their dodgy associates hoard profits and taxes instead of properly allocating them to schools and hospitals.
I don’t mind paying the taxes I pay, which is pretty considerable.
President Bush has a record of cutting taxes, has provided a prescription drug benefit for seniors, has upheld the Second Amendment and remains committed to stopping liberal activists judges who are redefining marriage.
You don’t create jobs by passing bills, you create jobs by cutting taxes.
Between income taxes and employment taxes, capital gains taxes, estate taxes, corporate taxes, property taxes, Social Security taxes, we’re being taxed to death.
Sadly, the President’s budget proposal for the upcoming year once again puts cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans over addressing our country’s severe fiscal problems.
My son was killed in 2004. I am not paying my taxes for 2004. You killed my son, George Bush, and I don’t owe you a penny.
But the point you need to know is that no president at war cut taxes $1.5 trillion, like Bush did.
Most people sell stock to pay taxes, but I didn’t want to sell any stock.
Swedish taxes are high, and we don’t get as much as we used to for them. And our schools aren’t so good.
Some solutions are relatively simple and would provide economic benefits: implementing measures to conserve energy, putting a price on carbon through taxes and cap-and-trade and shifting from fossil fuels to clean and renewable energy sources.
You’ve seen my statements I do very well. I don’t mind paying some taxes. The middle class is getting clobbered in this country. You know the middle class built this country, not the hedge fund guys, but I know people in hedge funds that pay almost nothing, and it’s ridiculous, OK?
We need a smaller, leaner Washington. It won’t happen if we raise taxes without any coinciding reform and serious slashing of spending.
Well, the taxes that everyone else is paying are supporting lots of programs that were in place prior to Obama’s new spending. So new spending has too be paid for by new taxes, or by eliminating existing tax breaks. And Obama wants that burden to be borne exclusively by the rich.
I realize what it means to be financially comfortable, and I want to be that. But I’m lucky enough to be in that position. And I’m also careful. I save 38 percent of my earnings after expenses, before taxes.
For small businesses, you need less taxes, less federal spending, and you need less regulation that blocks their growth.
You need basically some accountability rules, which means democratic checks and balances at the euro zone level, and definitely, you have to increase convergence in terms of taxes, in terms of social affairs and so on.
In Ireland here, the Revenue Commission have always been completely independent of the state since 1923, and they are quite adamant and quite clear that there was no preferential treatment and no special deals, no sweetheart deals, and that Apple paid the taxes that were due on their profits generated here in this country.
When I wake up in the morning, I feel like a billionaire without paying taxes.
As Indiana’s governor, I balanced eight budgets, never raised taxes, and left the largest surplus in state history. It wasn’t always easy. Cuts had to be made and some initiatives deferred. Occasionally I had to say ‘no.’
Reagan is held up to us as an example of never raising taxes. Correction: Reagan raised taxes six of his eight years as president. Why? He was a pragmatist, not doctrinaire. He saw problems emerging, and when his policies faltered he changed his views. Flexibility, not rigidity.
Raise the taxes, and we find less money in our pockets. Lower the taxes, and we’ve got more money in those pockets, and we spend it on all kinds of things.
Mr. Trump, you were elected mainly because you found a way to connect with the average blue-collar worker who’s sick of the games politicians have been playing for years. Those same blue-collar folks, who go to church, want to feed their families, have to pay their taxes.
While the Left seems obsessed with increasing taxes and spending even more money, conservatives have focused more heavily on the need for spending restraint and entitlement reform – primarily to preserve and protect the future of the Medicare program. Overlooked in all of this is the future of Medicaid.
It’s not just spending, it’s not just taxes, it’s not just corruption, it is progressivism, and it is in both parties. It is in the Republicans and the Democrats.
If Congress doesn’t raise taxes, you cannot get a private investment account without forgoing a portion, possibly all, of your guaranteed benefit check.
In the United States, the wealthy have a tradition of charity. But in Germany, the rich say, ‘We pay taxes. It’s enough.’
In Britain, polls show large majorities in favour of mansion taxes and higher taxes on the finance sector.
And the cornerstone of my economic policies, when I first got elected, was cutting taxes on everybody on who paid taxes.
The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.
The problem is government spends too much. So raising taxes is what politicians do, instead of reducing spending.
As more and more Americans own shares of stock, more and more Americans understand that taxing businesses is taxing them. Regulating businesses is taxing them. They ought to be thinking long-term about their ownership, not just their income, and that they should pay taxes on capital, as well as taxes on labor.
If you raise taxes, it won’t reduce the deficit. The other team will simply spend the resources.
There’s no reason to raise taxes. Taxes should be lower… The problem we have is that government spends too much, not that taxes are too low.
What I want to do is create more taxpayers, not more taxes.
Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.
When I see the hatred exacted at Mr. Obama – you know, he lowered your taxes, killed your number one bad guy and got your guys out of Iraq – I don’t understand why he seems to inflame people so much. You know, unless, unless there’s a race problem.
One of the things I have been preaching around the world is collecting taxes in an equitable manner, especially from the elites.
Social-enterprise employees earn wages and pay taxes, reducing their recidivism rates and dependence on government assistance. They also receive crucial on-the-job training, job-readiness skills, literacy instruction and, if necessary, the counseling and mental-health services they need to move into the mainstream workforce.
The legal right of a taxpayer to decrease the amount of what otherwise would be his taxes, or altogether avoid them, by means which the law permits, cannot be doubted.
There’s no recovery on Main Street, I can tell you that for sure. And in a re – in an economy like this, we don’t need to be raising anybody’s taxes.
When I became governor, spending actually increased 28 percent my first term. Revenue increased 42 percent my first term without raising anybody’s taxes. We did it because we had more taxpayers with more taxable income. That’s how you get the revenue up. We did that without raising anybody’s taxes.
After 20 years in Congress, I still believe that smaller government and lower taxes are the most effective economic policies.
We should encourage governments to be sustained by citizens’ taxes – that is, democracies. Democracies will be enduring allies of America.
While the deficit and debt are serious problems, I oppose solving these problems by raising taxes.
Students often approached me about state-paid tuition while I was out campaigning. After I explained to them that if the state pays their tuition now, they will pay higher taxes to pay other people’s tuition for the rest of their lives, most of them ended up agreeing with me.
I have every right to know how my taxes are spent, how every single penny of it is spent. I have the right to know that.
In the middle of a recession, where we’re just climbing out of it, where the economy -unemployment is still at 9.7 percent, the idea of raising taxes and reducing spending is a prescription for disaster.
No one ceases to be a man, no one forfeits his rights to civilization merely by being more or less uncultured, and since the Filipino is regarded as a fit citizen when he is asked to pay taxes or shed his blood to defend the fatherland, why must this fitness be denied him when the question arises of granting him some right?
Taxes on capital, taxes on labor, inflation, bureaucratic regulation, minimum wage laws, are all – to different degrees – unnecessary slices of the wedge that stand between an individual’s effort and reward for that effort.
I don’t feel that old, but when I talk to these kids, I do feel old. Because I’m talking about taxes and all this other stuff that is very, very boring. And these guys are talking about music, and I’m like, ‘Oh, I remember those days.’
The ancient Greeks and Romans were comfortable with any number of deities and were quite open to allowing conquered nations to continue to worship in whatever ways they saw fit, as long as they didn’t mind having an emperor who required taxes and tributes.
Our economy grew at double the rate of the nation. We created 1.3 million jobs. We led the nation seven out of those eight years. We were only one of two states that went to AAA bond rating. I cut taxes, $19 billion. If you do that and apply conservative principles the right way, you create an environment where everybody rises up.
Well, I think lower taxes and less regulation would actually promote growth.
We’ve created rules and taxes on top of every aspiration of people, and the net result is we’re not growing fast, income is not growing.
Taxes are what we pay for civilized society, for modernity, and for prosperity. The wealthy pay more because they have benefitted more.
The way taxes are, you might as well marry for love.
Many have criticized a federal carbon tax, saying that it would increase energy costs. Some continue to oppose it even when that revenue would be used to reduce other taxes in what’s known as a tax swap.
No matter what heights you achieve, even if you’re Brad Pitt, the slide is coming, sure as death and taxes.
Mark Meadows will fight for what’s right, because he understands that higher taxes and more regulations are not the way to solve our country’s problems.
The U.K. is already disadvantaged on the wholesale cost of energy, and then it puts taxes on it. Anybody who’s an energy user is just going to disappear.
I can assure you that my wife and I – every penny of income we’ve ever had, our taxes were paid in West Virginia.
Commercials on television are similar to sex and taxes the more talk there is about them, the less likely they are to be curbed.
We spend millions of dollars every year just for the right to pay our taxes, but once again, do we really need to do that? Why don’t we simplify it? And I’ve certainly looked at fair tax, I’ve looked at flat tax, and if I get to the U.S. Senate, I’d like to review that.
I think, in effect, in most of the European countries, the total marginal tax rate is over 50 percent that’s to say, add on other taxes like VAT to the income tax.
My opponent Senator Menendez and his colleagues are pursuing what I consider a Jon Corzine economic policy. Higher taxes, more spending, more debt.
I think the latest estimates were that we have about 250,000 millionaires and billionaires. President Obama wants to increase their taxes 13 percent.
Everybody gets ticked off about GE paying no taxes. Look, we have a complicated, convoluted tax system. And only big corporations and wealthy individuals like Warren Buffett can take advantage of it. We need to simplify and flatten the code, get rid of all the loopholes.
Fraud, robbery, and murder have characterized the English usurpation of the government of our country. Why, for the last fifty years we have been robbed in the matter of taxes of hundreds of millions.
I used to get taxed on my allowance. Yeah, I’ve been taxed since I was a little kid. And at the end of the year I had to pick a charity to donate my taxes to.
It’s a privilege to pay taxes. Yeah! It’s not a political question, folks. We have to pay for stuff.
It’s really American to avoid paying taxes, legally.
In addition to reining in spending, taxes, tolls and fees, let’s rein in how much the state borrows.
As far as income tax payments go, sources vary in their accounts, but a range of studies find that immigrants pay between $90 billion and $140 billion in Federal, State, and local taxes.
It will be sufficient to point to the enormous burdens which armaments place on the economic, social, and intellectual resources of a nation, as well as on its budget and taxes.
I watched Reagan turn around the country by lowering taxes and controlling spending, and I’m applying the same principles.
Fiscal decentralisation does not lead to higher economic growth because economic growth is much more driven by factors other than taxes and spending, e.g. increases in technological progress and improved human capital.
I don’t like paying taxes, but I like sleeping at night.
Mr. Obama plans to boost federal spending 25 percent while nearly tripling the national debt over 10 years. Americans know that this kind of spending will have economic consequences, including new taxes being imposed by the new progressives.
The difficulty for Mr. Obama will be when the public sees where his decisions lead – higher inflation, higher interest rates, higher taxes, sluggish growth, and a jobless recovery.
I would rather we limited – for the sake of transparency – we limited the number of taxes that we had and we were right up front about what they are, how much they are, and so forth.
A common man, even like myself, I don’t know how to pay my taxes.
Unfortunately, President Obama’s failed policies of new regulations, higher taxes, and Obamacare and his anti-business rhetoric have hit Hispanics especially hard. Big government really hurts those who are trying to make it.
Let’s stop talking about new taxes and start talking about creating new taxpayers, which basically means jobs.
Well, you have the public not wanting any new spending, you have the Republicans not wanting any new taxes, you have the Democrats not wanting any new spending cuts, you have the markets not wanting any new borrowing, and you have the economists wanting all of the above. And that leads to paralysis.
Nobody has been arrested on Wall Street for the crash of 2008. They’re not paying their fair share of the taxes. And now with the Citizens United case of the Supreme Court, they get to buy politicians up out in the open.
For more than forty years, the United States Congress has shamelessly used payroll taxes intended for Social Security to fund big government spending.
Democrats want to use the slowdown as an excuse to do what their special interests are always begging for: higher taxes, bigger government and less trade with other nations.
When you raise taxes on small business, from 35% to 40%, you will kill jobs.
Make as much money as you can, but can you please pay your taxes, because this is a major problem.
Yes. I don’t think it would be appropriate at this point to raise taxes on anyone, certainly not in 2011.
If taxes and government spending are both slashed, then the salutary result will be to lower the parasitic burden of government taxes and spending upon the productive activities of the private sector.
While deficits are often inflationary and always pernicious, curing them by raising taxes is equivalent to curing an illness by shooting the patient.
It is business that generates the jobs, income and taxes that keep a country going.
I only have disdain for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He raised taxes and has increased regulations. What else is new? He’s a bully who wants to micro-manage people’s lives by mandate, not persuasion.
Americans don’t think we should be raising taxes on anybody, especially in the middle of a recession.
Mitt has a ton of consultants, and not one of them thought he needed a credible answer on Bain or taxes?
We pay taxes, and we help the city coffers.
For the last 50 years, the federal government has taken out of the Gulf Coast $165 billion in taxes that came from oil and gas off of our coast that went to the federal Treasury, to rebuild all places in America except the place that it came from.
People like me, whose income largely comes from dividends, should pay more taxes.
I am opposed to any individual taxes until we eliminate all of the unconstitutional agencies, and I suspect we wouldn’t need a tax after that.
In the Eisenhower era, when earnings over $400,000 were subject to 91 percent taxes and the world was a smaller place, you could count the truly wealthy on one hand: Getty, Dupont, Mellon, Rockefeller, though even those fortunes were being dispersed to children as the old robber barons died off.
The model of Coca-Cola is local, whether it’s investing, partnering, sourcing, producing, or selling. We market and distribute locally we pay taxes locally. And it works.
The rich pay more in total taxes now than ever before – ever. It’s true. Just like it’s true that when the rich are convinced they’re going to be taxed more, they spend less. And when the top few percenters don’t spend, there goes all your spending, because they account for half of all retail spending.
I’ve never paid taxes in my life, so I’m probably going to jail.
An independent Scotland could afford pensions full stop – after all, it is our taxes and national insurance contributions that fund them now.
Maybe this will be the beginning of a trend? Flat taxes, cutting foreign aid, a referendum on Europe, grammar schools. Who knows?
We have a Conservative leader that believes in green taxes, that won’t bring back grammar schools, that believes in continuing with total open-door migration from eastern Europe and refuses to give us a referendum on the EU.
A huge segment of the country has always felt overtaxed. In 1938, when taxes were roughly 17% of income, a ‘Fortune’ survey found that nearly half of all Americans thought they paid too much relative to what they got in return.
Greece has been, in many ways, a partially dysfunctional society. For example, the wealthy barely pay taxes… to an extent, that’s true elsewhere, including the United States, but it’s been pretty extreme in Greece.
In theory, taxes should be like shopping. What I buy is government services. What I pay are my taxes.
The difference between American parties is actually simple. Democrats are in favor of higher taxes to pay for greater spending, while Republicans are in favor of greater spending, for which the taxpayers will pay.
Look, only in Washington is not raising taxes considered a tax cut. Nobody’s getting a tax cut here. We’re not cutting taxes. We’re preventing tax increases from occurring.
Obamacare comes to more than two thousand pages of rules, mandates, taxes, fees, and fines that have no place in a free country.
That’s why I’m very proud of being American. I’m proud to pay taxes. I pay a lot of taxes, but it sure beats the alternative.
The rich aren’t like us, they pay less taxes.
So if we are really concerned about generating more taxes, we ought to be investing in our people, not taking away the kinds of resources that contribute to their ability to become greater taxpayers in this country.
I suppose the White House thinks it’s doing what Big Business wants, but it will lead to vastly increased taxes, because all these guest workers are to be allowed to bring their children.
There is an old adage that the quickest way to drop your tax take is to increase taxes. If capital gains tax is going to be 50 percent, my contingent capital gains tax is going to be 250 million pounds.
After 2003, we lowered taxes across the board. And by 2004, revenue to the federal government grew. In the 1980s, Ronald Reagan cut taxes dramatically. And by the end of the decade, revenue coming in the federal government had doubled.
Unlike every other retirement vehicle, such as IRAs and 401(k)s, you receive a tax deduction for making contributions to your HSA but don’t have to pay income taxes on withdrawals.
Puerto Rico loses out on billions of dollars annually because it is treated unequally under a range of federal programs, including tax credits available to millions of households in the States that do not pay federal income taxes.
It has been possible to trace historically back to a very early age the taxes which were imposed on medicines, spices and similar substances in German towns. Thus, for instance, one finds that in the year 1500, thirteen, in 1540, thirty-eight, and in 1708, already one hundred and twenty vegetable oils are mentioned.
So you keep raising these taxes, and all of a sudden the business community says, ‘Why are we here? We can go someplace else and use their phones.’ That’s one of the problems that directly affects the business community.
Using taxes to punish the rich, in reality, punishes everyone because we are all interconnected. High taxes and excessive regulation and massive debt are not working.
My tax cut would cut hundreds of billions of dollars. So to do it, you have to be willing to cut spending, too. But if you were to cut hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes, that money’s left in communities.
We had a $10 billion budget deficit when we got here in January of 2003. We cut that budget deficit we did not raise taxes we came back in ’05, and we had an $8 billion surplus. That’s how fast it can happen.
I’ve built companies, I’ve created jobs, I know the frustration of small businesses with higher taxes.
Instead of focusing on growing jobs and reigniting our economy, President Obama focused on growing government and tried to remake the United States into the image of the debt-laden countries of Europe. His approach has been more spending, more regulation, and higher taxes.
More than ever before, Americans are suffering from back problems: back taxes, back rent, back auto payments.
What are called ‘public schools’ in many of America’s wealthy communities aren’t really ‘public’ at all. In effect, they’re private schools, whose tuition is hidden away in the purchase price of upscale homes there, and in the corresponding property taxes.
Yes, the rich will find ways to avoid paying more taxes, courtesy of clever accountants and tax attorneys. But this has always been the case, regardless of where the tax rate is set.
Raising property taxes in Alabama is never going to happen. The people are never going to vote for that. I don’t like property taxes, either.
Either you’re going to have to vote for taxes or not vote for taxes. So, if you’ve already voted for taxes, you’ve already done it.
I love B.C., but you know what taxes are like in Canada.
And that does concern me, because we’re not getting enough back for our taxes that we’re paying. I think we really have to look at the whole sort of area.
And here a most heinous charge is made, that the nation has been burdened with unnecessary expenses for the sole purpose of preventing the discharge of our debts and the abolition of taxes.
I do not like toll roads. Taxpayers are already paying for those roads through their gas taxes, and then to turn around and tell them they need to pay more to drive on the roads, I don’t like it.
If you raise taxes on something, you discourage that activity.
In education, they say either property taxes have to go up, or we’ll have poor education – that’s a false choice.
Canada is in budgetary deficit now only because of the recession, only because of stimulus measures, and we will come out of it. We will go back into surplus position when the economy recovers. So there is no need in Canada to raise taxes.
I’m not for a temporary war tax. We’re putting actual dollars in one way or the other, and so if we’re gonna look at taxes, we ought to look at a comprehensive tax reform policy.
They say death and taxes are the only things that are inevitable. The truth is, you can not pay your taxes. I’ve done it, and there’s consequences, but it can be done. Death you’re not going to get out of, and you kind of got to deal with it.
We’re going to cut corporate taxes, which will bring huge amounts of jobs back to the United States.
Taxes are way too complicated, and people spend way too much time worrying about ways to get them lower.
In New Mexico, I inherited the largest structural deficit in state history, and our legislature is controlled by Democrats. We don’t always agree, but we came together in a bipartisan manner and turned that deficit into a surplus. And we did it without raising taxes.
Coal research and development provides huge benefits for the nation, and pay for itself many times over through taxes flowing back to the Treasury from expanded economic activity.
The cost of airline tickets will never be transparent as long as the Department of Transportation requires airlines to hide taxes, surcharges, and fees from consumers.
If the goal of the DOT’s rule is to prevent companies from deceiving passengers about the total cost of their ticket, why is the department mandating that airlines hide the taxes, surcharges and government fees in the fine print?
If you are extremely well known and have a very desirable product, then yes, you probably do suffer a bit from piracy, in the same way that if you make a lot of money, you pay more in taxes than if you don’t make any money.
Every American, I think, should be able to fill out their taxes on a postcard.
President George Herbert Walker Bush ran as a strong conservative, ran to continue the third term of Ronald Reagan, continue the Ronald Reagan revolution. Then he raised taxes and in ’92 ran as an establishment moderate – same candidate, two very different campaigns.
When you tell the American people, ‘Read my lips. No new taxes,’ that should mean no new taxes.
I’m all for lifting the payroll-tax cap, if only to make payroll taxes a little less regressive.
You know what isn’t class warfare? Progressive taxation, as in, say, expecting billionaires to pay at least as much in taxes as their secretaries. Ideally, in fact, they should pay more.
The Dalmatian tribes and the Pannonians, at least of the region of the Save, for a short time obeyed the Roman governors but they bore the new rule with an ever increasing grudge, above all on account of the taxes, to which they were unaccustomed, and which were relentlessly exacted.
On issues relating to taxes, you don’t always speak with one voice.
Instead of raising taxes as some would insist, we need to reduce waste and inefficiency in government.
Driving with one foot on the accelerator and the other on the brake is likely to get you nowhere, but certainly will burn out vital parts of your car. Similarly, cutting taxes on the middle class, but increasing them on the ‘rich’ is likely to result in an economic burnout.
To take part in this brothel through the payment of my taxes, that had become to me unbearable.