Can I get some answers, please?

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  • 25 May 2010
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    Can I get some answers, please?

    Just some random questions that have come to mind in the past few days.

    1. Can I get a definition on ‘poor’, ‘middle class’, and ‘rich’, please? I continue to hear about ‘tax cuts for the rich’, ‘disproportionately affecting the poor’, and the ‘shrinking middle class’ from politicians who may not have my best interests at heart. I would prefer hearing an answer by income level, but at this point, I’ll take anything.

    I suspect the definitions are –

    ‘poor’ – anyone who depends on the government for a paycheck, and can be scared into voting Democrat by hearing, “The Republicans will take away all of your benefits and force you and your family to live under a bridge.”

    ‘middle class’ – folks who are not getting a check from the government, and are financially anywhere from paycheck-to-paycheck status to retired and living on their investments.

    ‘rich’ – see ‘middle class’. They (the ‘middle class’) just haven’t figured it out yet. Also, anyone with a job at a bank, investment firm, insurance company, or oil company.

    2. Explain to me how it’s a tax CUT if I have to buy something to get it? How did the government lower my taxes if I have to buy a house, refrigerator, car, or new windows to get the benefit?

    3. Is it a tax or a fee? The Oklahoma Legislature just passed a law requiring insurance companies to pay a 1% ‘fee’ to the state on all health insurance claims they pay out. Maybe it’s just me, but to me a fee is what you pay when you get your drivers license. I pay you a ‘fee’, you give me a good or service. A ‘tax’ is what you are charged for the privilege of doing business in a city, county, state, or country. You directly receive no goods or services in exchange for the ‘tax’. It’s for the common good.

    Something tells me this 1% insurance fee is called a fee because those who passed it don’t have the stones to call it a tax.

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