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This Election is Taxing !

“My opponent raised corporate taxes and voted on party lines. However, I was part of a bi-partisan effort that worked with our government leaders to close loopholes on big business.”

This sounds great, doesn’t it? It certainly results in resounding applause at rallies. However, the two statements above are identical. In both instances, the amount of taxes paid by a company will increase. The secret is in how the message is constructed (a.k.a. ‘spun’)

Government is a function of budget. And taxes are necessary. Items like national defense, the central banking system and our interstate roadways would not operate efficiently, if at all, without a centralized tax process in place. There is also a need and desire to redistribute wealth in order to assist those that are less fortunate.

During this year’s election, there’s been plenty of discussion about the percentage of taxes that are paid by corporations, the rich, the poor and those in the middle whom everyone is working hard for, but with little result. And then there is the question of one candidate versus another. Does either candidate pay a lower percentage than the employees that work for them?

Perhaps a better question might be, why do we have a system that allows that to occur? Unless we’re expecting that business and individuals no longer take deductions, the candidates have already identified the problem. And they’ve stated it as clearly.

America’s tax system and election process is out of sync.

We place our trust in those that we elect and expect them to do what is best. America is desperate for a tax system that is fair and simple. So when you vote on November 6th, choose the candidate that you feel will work with those to make our country, well – less taxing.

Mark Schuster

October 22, 2012

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