I’ll just say your first post about 50% of people not paying federal taxes wasn’t unclear. It was simply wrong. I don’t think you were trying to be malicious or dishonest. I’ll drop it with that.
“ support a graduated tax system, but also dont buy into the liberal narrative that “the rich dont pay their fair share”.”
I think the rich pay plenty. Frankly, we all pay plenty. But the poor make so little that raising their taxes seems like a non-starter. The 50% that don’t pay federal income tax aren’t sitting on much savings. They spend what they make. Raising their taxes will only suck a lot of money out of the economy. And there is little to no evidence that raising their taxes will motivate them to get a higher paying job. If anything that would make it more difficult for them to pay for the training or education they need to do so.
“ I believe it is up to the individual to own their own existence and work their way into a higher paying opportunities”
Look…this is all fine and good, but you seem to be ignoring the basic reality that there are a finite amount of good paying jobs. If someone works as a Walmart cashier as a way to pay for college and then progresses to a better paying job, someone will take their place. Moreover, if that former cashier gets a new job, they may be taking someone else’s job. Or maybe that person then moves up and takes a higher paying job from someone who loses their job, etc. The point being you can’t perpetually move up. There are only a finite amount of high paying jobs. Maybe you don’t resent the cashier, but you clearly believe they only have themselves to “blame” for their meager salary and you don’t appear to want anyone to pay more in taxes to support people who have “chosen” to be poor. I disagree with “blaming” people for holding poor paying jobs and your broader perspective that increasing your income is merely a matter of working harder or ambition.
“ I am talking about the chronic abusers of government support…and in my experience is the vast majority.”
Your claim is that the vast majority who use government support are chronic abusers? A simple google search shows that the majority of welfare users are off welfare with 1–2 years. People regularly go on and off welfare. I realize this is old, but as of 1996, only 1/3 of women who ever go on welfare are on it for more than 5 years. Look…there are a lot of people that use welfare for years on end. But it’s not a “vast majority” as you claim. At the most it’s a large minority and depending on how you define “chronic” it appears that the vast majority of people don’t chronically remain on government support much less chronically abuse it. I find that far too often people, myself included, think their experiences are representative of the world as a whole. That assumption is frequently wrong because we’re prone to recency and confirmation bias.