This is to continue the discussion of Objectivism from the front page. Some basic info:
Among her writings are The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, both of which have been turned into feature films.
Despite her atheism, Rand is popular among Tea Party conservatives because of her anti-tax stance.
Former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan was a personal friend of Rand.
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(spend less pay less taxes)
How does that differ from "Make less money: pay less in taxes?"
The general problem I have is demonstrated right in your example. Sales taxes are, by their very nature, regressive. Someone making only $40,000 a year would end up paying a much greater percentage of their income, in taxes.
Taxation should be taken out of discretionary money, not that used for buying the bare necessities. Income tax brackets, plus a few basic deductions (children) allow for this sort of differentiation, in general.
Is our current economic crisis a refutation of Objectivism? I think so.
Ayn Rand attracted a number of wealthy and influential followers (and even more who wanted to be so). Longest lasting and most influential was Alan Greenspan, who set policy based in part on Objectivist ideas. He has publicly admitted that he was wrong about market forces - they did not magically prevent the 2008 collapse. His last official act was to implement his longest held beliefs about how things should be, and they failed. So did Objectivism, and so did Ms. Rand.
Kinda harsh, I know, but there it is.
4) The USA has a HUGE illegal immagrant-worker issue. The Central Americans are taking our jobs. Our poor/under educated need jobs,too or most go on welfare/unemployment.
Georgia (or was it South Carolina?) tried that. They tightened down on illegal immigrants, and the end result was farmers with their produce rotting on the stalks. We need illegal immigrants. They do jobs that Americans won't do, in many industries.
Give them jobs and collect their taxes. Then, call it a day. What we need to do is keep the corporations from shipping the jobs off to other countries. It's time for a little tariff control and protectionism.