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Do you believe the 2001 and 2003 George W Bush tax cuts should be extended?

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Yes

1,578,399 votes

43%

No

1,903,198 votes

52%

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2 No answers
2 overlapping answers

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Yes for those making (gross) $60,000 < per anum single, or $90,000 < per anum married. 6mons ago from a Libertarian in Pasadena, CA.

Extend for those making less than $75,000. a year. 6mons ago from a Democrat in Terry, MT.

No. The Bush tax cuts cost the US $1.8 Trillion. Implement a 20% VAT (value-added tax) to replace the payroll tax. Replace our current brackets with those of 8%, 14% and 23%. Finally, tax capital gains and investments similar to that of income so that the rich pay their fair share. 6mons ago from a Green in Potwin, KS.

Raise Taxes on a sliding scale for those with taxable incomes $300,000 and up. 6mons ago from a Democrat in New York, NY.

I'm not completely sure what I feel about this issue. I do not trust the IRS and they need to clean up their own act first before I make a decision. 6mons ago from a Democrat in Glen Ridge, NJ.

Reform the tax code so that we remove the loopholes. It should be very simple for most people to understand and figure out. 6mons ago from a Democrat in Troy, NY.

I think it is important to lower Taxes back to a manageable level for everyone. Making people who earn more money pay higher Taxes is AWFUL. People have worked very hard to get where they are, they are not "priviledged" to be earning their salary. As it is they pay more because they earn more. Since when is it unfair for people who have more education and skills and have worked hard to get where they are to earn higher salaries?. 6mons ago from a Republican in Rockville, MD.

Our budget issue is composed on two parts, spending and revenue. We need to identify new sources of revenue and use current sources of revenue which will be adequate to fund the necessary expenditures. We need to re evaluate our spending priorities and adjust those priorities by actually adopting an annual budget. By adopting a budget events affecting revenue and spending can allow us to expand areas of spending in good times and reduce spending in declining revue times. Obviously that will require people to act in good faith which is in short supply. 6mons ago from a Republican in Haubstadt, IN.

Abolish income Taxes, but create a tax on all groceries. Everyone has to pay. Worker or not. Rich or poor. You eat, you pay Taxes. 6mons ago from a Democrat in Montgomery, AL.

Reduce spending and adopt simpler Internal Revenue Code with rates that will keep revenues at historic levels and sufficient to bring deficit within historic averages aimed at a balanced budget. 6mons ago from a Republican in Atlanta, GA.

Abolish the IRS, go to a flat tax for everyone over age 24, (give them freedom to attend school) pegged at 7.5% of actual income; and 2.5% at the state level. Any retired individuals over age 65 should pay no Taxes. All Taxes to be withheld from payroll checks; no IRS filings, eliminate the IRS. 6mons ago from a Republican in San Jose, CA.

Initiate a flat base tax, no exceptions for all people up to the low end of poverty threshold, increasing slightly as income increases to the mean. Eliminate the "progressive" (sic) income tax rate (percentage) and revised to become a de-escalating percentage of income as income approaches a level 25% above the mean. The rich may need to pay more than the poor, but not by increased percentage of income. Reduced percentage of income for higher incomes, but not less in ultimate tax. Base rate plus reduced percentage above base rate as income increases. 6mons ago from a Republican in Grafton, WI.

If nothing else can be done about the jobless or the poor then I believe we should enact board cuts or increases to all income levels depending on how much they make. Taxes don't bother the people that receive and need help, figuratively speaking its going towards their cause as it is to help people like them. However they could also be looking at it as if it's actually making them poorer and causing them to rely on the government. Then you look at the higher brackets of income and I don't believe it really even matters because even with a small cut from their checks they can still afford fancier lifestyles and higher priced goods. 6mons ago from a Democrat in Belleville, IL.

Tax cuts for the rich should be abolished , all subsidy's and tax breaks should be removed from corporations , and corporations should be forced to pay the whole 39% and so should the rich , no capitol gains tax breaks either , the only tax break that should remain is earned income tax credit for the poor and the middle class. 6mons ago from a Democrat in Tacoma, WA.

Extend for those making under 500k. The 250K cap is punitive to families living in New York, the Bay area, and other expensive areas where property Taxes, rents, services like babysitting, and housing costs are exorbitantly high. A family making 250k in the Zbay Area, for example, is likely to have a lower standard of living than a family making 100k in the south and midwest. 6mons ago from a Democrat in San Mateo, CA.

Abolish the IRS and Income tax system, replace with a national sales tax through current states sales tax system and require independent periodic audits by both state and federal auditors. 6mons ago from a Republican in Columbia, MO.

Remove the unrestricted power the IRS has, but keep it to deal with taxation that only comes in the form of sales tax. This way everyone pays. 6mons ago from a Libertarian in Overland Park, KS.

Corporations should be paying far more in Taxes than they are, and the same is true for the very wealthy. Taxes should be lowered for those with low to mid level incomes, and the very wealthy should be paying more. Having a large sector of the consumer population with money to spend by having adequate wages and less Taxes will support industry by being able to purchase the products of industry. 6mons ago from a Green in Eau Claire, WI.

Income should not be taxed, but if we are going to tax income at the federal level; then all tax on non SS parole & income tax needs to be flat at <10% of gross income with no exemptions payable only AFTER income passes State/Regional household poverty level. This will include all income for private citizen, individual, family, business and corporations. 6mons ago from a Libertarian in Ogden, UT.

Tax cuts to those companies that bring manufacturing back to the USA. cut everyone who doesn't. 6mons ago from a Green in Pensacola, FL.

TAX THE RICH! Anyone above 100K.year should have higher rates!!! Above 5K should be doubled!. 6mons ago from a Democrat in Charlotte, NC.

NO the poor need a tax cut but the wealthy/rich need to not leave the country. So if you dont live here and pay Taxes you dont do business here. PERIOD. 6mons ago from a Green in Ceresco, MI.

They should never have been enacted, but since they are here they should be part of a reshuffling. Basically the percentages should go back to Clinton percentages but there should be huge increases in the standard deduction. Basically 30,000 single and 60,000 if married. All income should be taxed equivalently. Wealth generated income should be treated as something special and taxed at a lower rate. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Duncansville, PA.

If possible fix the tax rate for households making less than $250,000 and implementing some parts of the Fair Tax Act if possible...I pretty sure I am asking for too much on this one. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Chesapeake, VA.

First you must control spending at the federal level the welfare state is to large for and not financially stable. i would let those tax cuts expire and cut an equal amount of federal spending. lets provide jobs for those on welfare so they can contribute. an end user tax on goods & services would be a better system with some breaks for the poor or disabled. we can change the culture in dc anytime we are willing to experience the short term pain to correct decades of excesses. 7mons ago from a Republican in Potwin, KS.

MEANS TESTING FOR SS. WARREN BUFFET AND THOSE WHO MAKE OVER 1 MILLION A YEAR ON INVESTMENTS SHOULD NOT BE RECEIVING SS$. 7mons ago from a Republican in Lincoln, NE.

I believe the IRS should be abolished and a flat tax rate (i.e. 20% for everyone--including businesses) imposed. Also, increased tariffs should be placed on all imports--regardless of where they are being imported from, and businesses should be given incentives to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States. That would cut the unemployment rate drastically and result in more taxpayers. 7mons ago from a Republican in Jackson, MS.

The tax cuts should be carried out differently, depending not on the income level completely, but also on the risk of one's work, and the time and energy put into one's work. Therefore, the George W Bush 2001 and 2003 tax cuts should be ended and replaced by a new series of tax cuts that head in a different direction. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Minneapolis, MN.

It doesn't matter how much is collected in Taxes because Congress has determined that the budget will increase each year regardless of whether there is need or not. The government will create "need" and until those persons involved are held accountable - such as losing their jobs, perks and benefits - nothing will change. Congress could confiscate 95% of all wages and income made and still not have enough money. 7mons ago from a Republican in Las Vegas, NV.

Everybody should pay the same percentage of their income in Taxes. 7mons ago from a Republican in Charlotte, NC.

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