Why cant we pay a flat fee for government services?

Jan 24 26 Comments

Religion, banks, government seems to be the ones charging percentage of your income/net assets.

Everyone else has a flat price. Your car mechanic doesnt charge 5% based on car value or your income do they?


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TOP 26 Comments
  • Uber / Data Fanmy
    “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy.”
    ― Elmer Theodore Peterson
    Jan 24 1
    • Credit Karma EllisDee25
      Except... a drug addict that gives their drugs away to business steadily for 40 years?
      Jan 24
  • Amazon amznuser
    Because in any society there are always people who are not doing well enough to avail all services that you do. If there was a flat fee what is affordable for you might not be affordable for another person whose income level is much lower. That is why we need to have a government and for that people have to pay taxes.
    Jan 24 3
    • Then make THAT portion of taxes and welfare clear to all, so that those who are receiving dont end up as entitled brats expecting gov to do everything for them.

      Im not disagreeing but government tries to cover up that aspect of redistribution.....

      $20k / year in taxes for general gov services and anything after that should be considered "charity donation" with your family name not government officer....like airports namrd after some senator
      Jan 24
    • Google / Mgmt starlight2
      ^ well said. Progressive taxation is basically looting of your money by mafia-in-chief: the government. It's lethargic, bureaucratic, slow and wasteful and doesn't even make good use of that money. It's a disgrace. Imagine a mafia leader making yearly visits to your home to rob your money and then you watch him burn that money in his fireplace the next day. That's how inefficient the government is.
      Jan 24
    • Government doesnt like the mob because they are the competition in "protection "racket
      Jan 24
  • Google / Mgmt Lovedoo
    Flip the argument. Would you be ok with everyone in your job role across all companies earning a fixed income? The sad truth is we like inequality if it favors us
    Jan 24 2
    • Everyone is earning a fixed income for a job role....salary bands.

      You are not getting paid % of googles revenue are you? You are fixed cost...and generally within the band in the region and job role.
      Jan 24
    • Google / Mgmt Lovedoo
      Except someone in the Midwest at a manufacturer is making a fraction for same role?
      Jan 24
  • Amazon bandwagon
    Because you derive way more value from the government and society than someone making less.

    And no one has a flat price. The Acura dealership charges more than the Honda one even though both types of cars are essentially the same.
    Jan 24 8
    • New kahl20
      Lol what? You mean high earners fund police more than low earners, since they’re funded by local income, property, and sales taxes.

      People worth more have more freedom to transfer their assets and leave. It’s the people who depend on their govt for subsistence who are screwed. The rich are doing fine in Venezuela by comparison.
      Jan 24
    • Amazon bandwagon
      Ok move yo ass to somalia then
      Jan 24
    • Microsoft
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      High earners pay in way more and get way less back.
      Jan 24
    • Amazon bandwagon
      You get to keep your ability to be a high earner by having the society continue to exist.

      You think SDE salaries are gonna be this high if we took away all disposable income from 60 pct of the population?
      Jan 24
    • OpenTable Meliodas
      Police don’t protect high earners more. I’ve been paying taxes for decades, called 911 for the first time and the cops refused to show up.
      Jan 24
  • New PcNF27
    It feels awful to see big chunks of my salary going to taxes that my government uses to pay $10 million to a terrorist....
    I’m an immigrant but I came here to work. Lots of people come here, work for cash, and they make just as much as I do just from help programs from the government.
    Jan 24 3
  • US Navy / IT Boonaki
    Top 50% of income earners pay 97.5% of the taxes. The bottom 50% of income earners pay the remaining 2.5% of taxes.

    The U.S. has one of the most progressive tax systems in the world. People pay attention to marginal tax rates when they should look at effective tax rates.
    Jan 24 0
  • Someone skipped maths classes
    Jan 25 0
  • OpenTable Meliodas
    Because government leaches tax where the money is.
    Jan 24 0
  • Uber / Eng nYf6sJ
    Because the others want your money.
    Jan 24 0