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The United States should raise taxes to 1% wealthy? 2012-02-03
Right now, Romney seems to find it difficult to get rid of the enormous wealth brought him negative “labeling effect”.
U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s wealth = 8 President of the United States starting from the Nixon, has been up to the Obama property the sum of x 2, the proportion of tax, much lower than the middle class
January 24, Popular U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, within the party primary opponent Jiaozhen the strong pressure of public tax list for the past two years, the results show: his tax ratio of less than 14% , well below the general level of the middle class, lead to the American people in an uproar.
At the same time, seek re-election of Democratic President Barack Obama raised again to the rich and tax claims, as if to portray itself as a middle-class defender. For a time, the gap between rich and poor, and social equity has become a central topic of this year’s U.S. presidential election.
He is not one percent, but 0.1%
United States politicians, tycoons gathered Romney belongs to the ranks of the wealthy.
According to data released by the Romney campaign team, the former governor of Massachusetts, the founder of the private equity fund Bain Capital in 2010, revenue was $ 21.6 million; 2011 projected revenue of 20.9 million yuan. Income after Romney retired politicians; Romney can do nothing, just money.
Statistics of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 2008, Americans average annual income, adjusting, about $ 33,000;
Romney day’s income, nearly $ 60,000.
Protesters target, income in the country, belonging to “one percent” of America’s wealthiest, the adjusted annual per capita income of only $ 380,000, as Romney standing to the credit of the week.
Romney in the end how rich? “Forbes” magazine in the United States there is a vivid metaphor: almost, that is: the former President Richard Nixon began to Obama so far has been, eight presidential property are added together, multiplied by two.
Perhaps Romney is not the United States, 1%, but 0.1%. See Romney announced the bill, Santo Haslem, another Republican presidential candidate to compete with him, exclaimed: “He is really very, very rich!”
The rich seems to have taken the trouble of the rich.
Romney annually to the state tax paid, up to $ 3 million, his less than 15% of the low-tax proportion for voters to feel very uncomfortable, the average American middle-class families the tax ratio, usually 15% -25% between the increase in wages, the proportion may even reach more than 35%.
, Romney is wronged: “I do not because of my success should be punished.” Romney’s campaign team is scrambling to hold a press conference to explain his tax bill and overseas financial situation, saying he no matter in a foreign country, or taxes, are perfectly legal in the United States.
Indeed, according to the laws of the United States, the personal income tax, income tax “and” payroll tax “two. Money begets money “investment class income, the highest tax rate does not exceed 15%
Romney’s revenue almost entirely from investment income. Coupled with a series of tax concessions, Romney, the final tax rate is less than 15% is not unusual.
Faced with the nerve of the countries already differentiated to the harsh reality of the highest level in history, nearly 9 percent of high unemployment and the gap between the rich and the poor to the rich like Romney, speaking accidentally, will be touched is struggling with the economic crisis, voters .
Explain their source of income, from the speech, he also gained some income, “but the small amount of” Romney said: So, immediately the media to his calculations: Romney each lecture, the average charge is 4.1592 million U.S. dollars; 2010, the United States an average family income is 4.9445 million U.S. dollars.
Clearly, Romney money, low tax, although not against the law, but in most production in the eyes of voters, who can say such things, apparently they are not “similar” high above “the rich” if elected, whether to really understand the sufferings of the people, became voters naturally think of the problem.
The general election, the rich are “labeled”
Romney’s tax issues, the Republican party primaries, “insiders” to seize and hold is the Obama camp has been Romney Lock “The biggest opponent, found a good opportunity.
In a series of recent speeches, Obama repeatedly told his supporters, the U.S. government’s role is to ensure that their talent each of us, to enjoy a fair chance to everyone to compete on the same rules of the game, to promote a fair and prosperous society.
Obama said: “Our direction, there are two. First, fewer opportunities, less fair; Or, we can strive for – I think we must do to create a people the benefit, not just a small number of wealthy people benefit the economy. ”
Opportunity with the annual “State of the Union” to the people across the country, Barack Obama, January 24, once again played the protector role of the middle class, fight for economic fairness and justice, and called for reform of the tax mechanism proposed for the middle class, Let the rich bear the corresponding responsibility.
He suggested to cancel the millionaire tax breaks for housing, medical care, retirement and child care. Year earned $ 1,000,000, you do not need a special tax subsidies and exemptions. ”
Obama camp criticized by Romney responded: “a president actually use the State of the Union to divide the people, this is shameful!”
Indeed, from a historical point of view, the U.S. presidential election topics relating to internal affairs, relating to diplomacy, relating to racial equality, is really very little about the divide between rich and poor. Because Americans believe that the “American dream” is concerned, wealth is desirable and struggle, rather than jealousy and hatred.
However, this election is not. The economic crisis has passed more than three years, but the U.S. economy remains stuck in a quagmire. The American people were forced to tighten their belts to live on, but found that: rich Wall Street bankers, led by still holding high bonuses and dividends paid than the people (their own) ratio is even lower amount of tax.
At the same time, the wealth of the United States, the trend of an increasing concentration of 1% very crowd to the top of the pyramid. Statistics show that America’s richest 1% of annual income, close to 1/4 of the total income of all Americans; wealth at their disposal, accounting for 40% of the national wealth. In sharp contrast, to grasp the wealth of the “bottom” 50 percent of Americans, only a mere 3%.
The face of a heavy economic pressure, as well as the growing gap between rich and poor, the ordinary people of the United States contradiction to those wealthy, have exacerbated the trend. Therefore, even though Romney reluctantly, a tax form, is still his “rich” label became very clear, but also to information about whether we should debate phone-rich tax renewed. Romney in the end should not be to pay more tax? Increase taxes, the rich can help the U.S. economy is recovering?
Pros: the tax system loopholes, an urgent need to make up
Strongly advocated raising taxes for the rich “Warren Buffett said in a television interview:” Romney does not need to pay a higher tax rate than required by law, so I will not accuse him of. should be accused, the law itself, the law gave him, and I am in a great income at the same time enjoy the benefits of half the tax rate of only my office colleagues. ”
American’s richest man, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has also publicly said that wealthy Americans should solve the deficit problem, make a greater contribution to the rich more tax and social equity. At the same time, Gates did not forget the self-review, saying that they do is not good enough taxes to pay enough.
In fact, the two parties argue about the tax system itself, a lot of political content, if they can thus ultimately prompted the U.S. tax system to a more efficient and more equitable direction, after all, a meaningful discussion.
From the U.S. tax code itself, the debate concentrated on the terms on which one is called “carried interest” that is, means: private equity fund a certain percentage of their profits, and give to the fund manager benefits.
According to the current U.S. tax laws, this part of the revenue, and general “investment income” is levied in accordance with the tax rate no higher than 15%, rather than high tax rates levied in accordance with the salary income. This makes Mitt Romney, a year from the profits of the company of Bain Capital, he has long since retired, continue to enjoy low tax rates below 15%, and then get high returns.
Obama believes that such a system is “unfair”
Some person, as a “can not easily be noticed, oriented affluent bribery”.
Democratic Party proposed that the existing tax law, as long as the U.S. multinational corporations in the Cayman Islands, Ireland, the Virgin Islands tax haven tax will not be required to pay tax in the United States, it is this loophole that allows many rich and powerful are doing everything possible to to use their overseas assets of tax avoidance. Romney’s Bain Capital is in Luxembourg and the Cayman Islands tax.
Negative side: the rich tax increases, only for the election
Add to the rich tax “proposal, a lot of support, Republicans continue to oppose this policy, and accused Obama of votes, at a duel”.
Republican Party of the reason is that the rich tax increases will damage investment and employment in the United States, will provoke a contradiction between the Americans internal damage the already fragile economy. Moreover, in times of economic crisis, to any tax increases, are wrong.
The idea that raising taxes for the rich does not solve the current U.S. debt, the problem of the deficit high.
Romney in the election campaign, in response to Obama’s speech, said: “he says, out of touch with the fact that the United States spend too much and borrow too much, the debt problem is not resolved to the U.S. economy, such as the Titanic general sink, we do not see an iceberg, but we are still approaching the iceberg at full speed. ”
There are some tax experts, 15% of assets to enjoy for many rich profits tax defense, pointed out: this tax was originally a kind of “double taxation”, the reason is that revenue-generating company, has to pay corporation tax in the form of over taxes, therefore, should not investors value-added taxation. Although a lot of rich tax rates, only 15% of the surface, but, if one adds the company has handed over before the taxes, the actual tax rate of lot of rich people, reached 45%.
At the same time, experts warn that this capital gains tax on stock market transactions are directly related to, if the tax rate is too high, the impact on the vitality of the stock market investments, thereby affecting the sources of funding and financing costs.
In fact, both positive and negative view of both sides which side is more reasonable, can be expected that, in the U.S. presidential election, the topic of “wealth gap”, “rich man’s tax increases will again be filed and with the depth of the election campaign, becoming more and more hot. People these proposals can be passed by Congress, not optimistic, one thing is certain: If all of this controversy is really only limited to a political show, did not put the substantive change of the fair distribution of wealth, it will become all the sorrow of the people.
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