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Sat Aug 18, 2018, 10:28 PM

How I would pay for infrastructure repairs,

which is needed. The estimated trillion dollars was just roads and bridges in 1987. I would go beyond that and include public buildings like crumbling schools in places like Baltimore (where many don't have heat) and water works (see Flint, MI)
How would I pay for it? The tax increases should be moderate and spread throughout the economy. I would propose:
a penny per share/per stock transaction.
a ten percent tax (at the point of manufacture) on cosmetics, video games, and sports gear.
Of course, the problem is how to keep various congress members from funding various "pork projects" and bullshit with the funds. That I haven't worked that out yet.

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Reply How I would pay for infrastructure repairs, (Original post)
gejohnston Aug 2018 OP
dhol82 Aug 2018 #1
Initech Aug 2018 #2
marylandblue Aug 2018 #3
gejohnston Aug 2018 #6
marylandblue Aug 2018 #7
msongs Aug 2018 #4
gejohnston Aug 2018 #5
msongs Aug 2018 #8
gejohnston Aug 2018 #9

Response to gejohnston (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 10:39 PM

1. Pork has always been a problem in Washington.

When grift is possible, many in congress will make the attempt.
Greed and power run large in politics.

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Response to gejohnston (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 10:43 PM

2. Make the Waltons, Kochs and Jeff Bezos pay for it!

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Response to gejohnston (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 10:52 PM

3. Pork can be kept out by a competitive grant process

Civil servants select projects on merit. Congress and political appointees can't be involved.

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Response to gejohnston (Reply #6)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 11:57 PM

7. Well that included some politicians, but yes.

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Response to gejohnston (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 11:16 PM

4. who benefits most from being in the US? - wealthy people and corporations. who pays least

in too many cases?

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Response to msongs (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 11:21 PM

5. everyone benifits, everyone should share the cost

We are all in this together.

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Response to gejohnston (Reply #5)

Sun Aug 19, 2018, 12:20 AM

8. yes everyone should share the cost in proportion to how they benefit for example

everyone has to eat. food should not be a tax deductible business expense. where you choose to eat is your business. the purpose of this deduction is so wealthy can live it up then write it off.

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Response to msongs (Reply #8)

Sun Aug 19, 2018, 09:11 AM

9. working class contractors use the same

deduction.

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