Comments for: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2012: Airport needs, human needs, looking at Lincoln

Posted Nov. 27, 2012, at 2:10 p.m.

We pay for tax increases I have a brother-in-law who is a optometrist, and he has worked hard and developed a good practice. He employs about a dozen people. He would be one of these rich people “not paying their fair share.” The 90 percent are small business owners just …

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  • Anonymous

    Dale Sprinkle- You are right. Both parties are bought and paid for. And it is not their constituents that did the buying. If they have a D or an R after their name, don’t believe a thing they tell you.

  • Anonymous

    Bob Mercer- I noticed that you left out the obvious first choice for your brother-in-law if his taxes are raised. Cut back on his personal spending. Just like everyone else has had to do. The government is going to have to do the same thing, or all our taxes will go up even more. We could solve all our economic and budgetary problems by putting America back to work. The problem is, I don’t see anyone in Washington lifting a finger to slow down the flood of jobs to China or encouraging people to buy American. They should all wear little Chinese flags on their lapels, instead of American ones.

  • kcjonez

    Bob Mercer–I am wishing for a return to a more progressive taxation like we had in the 50′ and 60’s. We put a man on the moon. We built our interstate highway system. We developed the first successful middle class in history. We reduced poverty immensely. We are currently paying the smallest percentage of taxes since the 30’s.
    We don’t have a spending problem–we have a distribution of wealth problem and it is past time for the wealthy to do their patriotic duty and help us out.

    • Anonymous

      Mr. Mercer, you do not understand taxable income and marginal tax rates. A $4000,000 profit, after standard deductions and exemptions, likely equals just $300,000 in taxable income. Of that, only $50,000 (the excess taxable income over $250,000) would be subject to a rate that would be 4.6% higher than the current rate. This amounts to the princely sum of $2,300. If your brother-in-law sees things differently he needs to see an optometrist.

    • Anonymous

      His point is that you will ultimately pay for it and to some degree he is right.

      • Anonymous

        I think we are already paying for it. That’s why the 1% are getting off cheaply: the little guy is paying for it now out of less. I have a friend who grosses well over $250,000. He’s told me he would not even notice $ 4,000 less unless his accountant told him about it

        • Anonymous

          You friends story is likely true. But not all income is the same. Not all income comes to a person in a paycheck. Sometimes it is the shape of a business mortgage payment or a new piece of undepreciated equipment on a K1. The effect on a business is likely to be more than just writing a check out of a pile of money. The IRS prefers cash but when your profit makes its appearance as brick or perhaps a new piece of office furniture it can cause problems.

          The letterwriter is likely talking about business income on a K1 that appears on a personal return. The only way to pay it may well be to increase prices.

          One other thing… chance are good the “little guy” you refer to pays no income taxes which is the subject of our discussion. But he will pay the cost as goods and services rise.

  • Anonymous

    Bob Mercer, I am a little unclear about what you’re saying, but I gather your brother takes home $250k plus. So what will his tax increase be, a couple grand at most? That doesn’t seem to be a compelling reason to raise his prices IMO. I see prices going up everywhere, all the time, regardless. And that would be his choice, while consumers could choose to shop elsewhere. Why are you writing on your brother’s behalf?

    • Anonymous

      His brother-in-law would have to surrender those Zumba lessons in southern Maine. We can’t let that happen.

      • Anonymous

        I wonder if the feckless brother-in-law appreciates all this.

        • Anonymous

          He’s likely a mythical brother-in-law.
          Republicans have a lot of imaginary friends and relatives. Why, Charlie Webster spoke with four or five imaginary friends before he told us about black voters registering in small Maine towns on Election Day.
          Stop focusing on reality and begin watching Fox News!

          • Anonymous

            You think Mr. Mercer is being disingenuous? That would be shameful. I’m not sure, but don’t you think that when he writes that his brother-in-law has “about a dozen employees” it has the ring of truth? Also, does anyone know what he means by “the 90 percent”?

  • Guest

    Bob Mercer
    The markup of the eyeglass frames is outrageous. It’s harder to afford a good pair of glasses from the optometrist these days.
    Sounds like the optometrist is going to have to live within his means.

    • Anonymous

      The folks making over 250,000 are the ones living withing their means. It is the welfare/disabled fraud sods that overspend. They all seem to have cigarettes, booze, big screen cable tvs,and plenty of government supplied money to spend on black Friday.

      • Anonymous

        Laughing at Bonny in MS. How do you know these people? Are they your neighbors? Do you check their alcohol and tobacco consumption every day? Have you been inside their homes checking their electronics? Do you require them to report their revenue and expenses to you every day? Did you itemize their Black Friday spending for them.

        Bonny, I hate to tell you but these people don’t exist. They are like the monsters under little kids beds. They are a figment of your conservative Limbaugh/Beck/Breitbart imagination.

        But, you gotta love Bonny’s monsters, living the life of O’Reilly: smoking and drinking and watching TV and wasting money on Christmas gifts right there under Bonny’s bed. Ooooo scary! LOL

        .

      • Guest

        You are truly delusional. You are seeing things that don’t exist.

      • Anonymous

        Actually those that make that much do not live very well within their means. Those that make that much can not take much of a pay cut simply because they can not afford to take one.

  • Anonymous

    Bob Mercer, so if he has a tax increase of 2% back to the Clinton era levels he will have to lay someone off or raise the price of his products or services? Umm, how many cutomers does he have? How much will that 2% spread among all his paying cutomers cost per cusomer? Will his competitors have an unfair advantage over him?
    Maybe we should never tax anyone after they reach the golden parachute of $250, 000.00 per year. They are after all the only people that matter. The rest of us are just a bunch of poor slobs who deserve no respect, as we are a drag on society.

  • Anonymous

    Bob Mercer said: ” If we raise his taxes, he must either cut expenses, higher fewer people or raise the price of his glasses.”

    Hey Bob: Expenses and payroll are paid out of cash flow, in pretax dollars: cutting them will actually raise his taxable income (assuming he can still service his business, in which case it has shown that he is overstaffed and running his business inefficiently).

    • Anonymous

      This is the best observation and commentary yet. He is exactly correct.

    • Anonymous

      In order to keep the same ROI which banks enjoy seeing so you still have access to capital, new sources of revenue must be found whether through price increases of internal cuts. That new revenue number must be a larger percentage than the increase tax you are paying.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sick of seeing these small business owners being used as tools and cover for the hyper-rich. 251,000 a year means only 1,000 of that income will see an increase.

    Republicans — you lost the election because you thought the country is stupid. You thought the country would believe your lies and your spin. It’s not going to work. We have some debt to pay off and it’s time to get back to being responsible. That means going back to Clinton era tax rates and spending. Plain and simple. You can threaten us all you want and say you’ll pass the costs on and you’ll stop creating jobs — but we’re not stupid, we know that’s nonsense.

  • Anonymous

    Mr Mercer: Your brother in law must have quite a large optometric practice with that many employees. Is he part of a clinic or multi-practice! Not that it is not good to provide jobs, but just wondering about the necessity of that many employees in an optometrist’s office (private practice.) That is a new one to me.
    Also, maybe your brother in law is living more “lavishly” than he needs to be. Only surmising. Maybe he could cut back a bit, as many have to , but still have a good and comfortable life. Maybe he could look at doing some of those things before considering raising the cost of “his glasses.” The optometrist we go to is excellent but he does not sell eyeglasses. I am not saying some don’t. Is your brother in law an optician….

    • Anonymous

      Perhaps he’s an opthalmoletristician. They do all three.

  • Anonymous

    Bob Mercer
    If the politicians let on that the taxes are really aimed at the middle class they might be exposed as hypocrites. They of course don’t really care where it ultimately comes from as long as the money runs through them.

    • Anonymous

      Please repost that in English.

      • Anonymous

        How about this. As simply as I can. The rich will find away around it as they always do. The cost will just be passed on to you.

        • Anonymous

          Yes, as they have always done. The unscrupulous, unpatriotic ones that is. The ones you people refer to as the job creators.

          • Anonymous

            It’s just math… and the law of unintended consequences at work.

  • Anonymous

    Bob and Dale, you LOST the election, deal with it, and go peddle your right wing corporate toadie propaganda someplace like on the FreeRepublic website so other people stuck in your FAKE-NOISE bubble can swallow up this tripe as it is all they want to hear. The majority, who know the truth, aren’t interested in the right wing lies and propaganda talking points.

  • Anonymous

    R. Sykes, Dr. Magnus, D. Dubovy, P. Beach: good letters.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Mercer, there are always exceptions, but in general the wealthy pocket the money they save from tax cuts so they can make money off the interest. They don’t hire more employees with the savings or make risky investments. That’s why they’re wealthy. So cutting their taxes more or repealing the tax breaks they enjoy isn’t going to have much, if any, effect on the economy — except prevent the government from investing in a deteriorating infrastructure and taking care of an aging populace.

  • Preston Nethercutt

    The most telling phrase in your comment, Mr. Mercer, is “to live the way he wants to”, Yes, by all means, your brother-in-law’s high standard of living must be vigorously defended against the very people who have enabled it. Employees and customers be damned. Only the lifestyle of the “good” doctor matters. I must thank you though for posting yet one more glaring example of the arrogant, self-worshiping, greed drenched mind set that has infected a tragically large percentage of this Nation. You and your fellow travelers have a possibly incurable case of “Marie Antoinette Blindness Syndrome”, and you don’t need 20/20 vision to see where that might lead.

  • Anonymous

    O.K. Mr. Mercer what you fail to recognize is that those who work hard and try to get ahead do not deserve to have a better life than those who choose to sleep in and wait for that govmint check ,it’s theirs and they have not done a dam thing to earn it.How heartless can you possibly be to deny them what others have worked so hard for.Freakin evil capitalists.

  • Anonymous

    Did Ms Rose ask the question because she did not know, or was it to fill air time? I didn’t hear the interview and would like to hold judgement. I hope that the reporter did already know the anwer.

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