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house Bill H.R. 29

Terminating the Current Tax Code by the End of 2021

Argument in favor

The current tax code is a labyrinth of loopholes and penalties that is utterly incomprehensible. A new tax code based on lower rates will benefit taxpayers — and this bill makes the time to get it done.

Loraki's Opinion
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01/11/2017
WHY WAIT 4+ YEARS?! REPLACE IT NOW WITH SENATOR TED CRUZ' FLAT TAX!!! And while you're at it, 1. COMPLETELY REPEAL OBAMACARE; and 2. QUIT DRAGGING YOUR FEET AND START BALANCING THE BUDGET!
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Marines1994's Opinion
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01/14/2017
Fair tax. The government is going to have to learn to live within its means
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David's Opinion
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01/11/2017
There have been several good proposals for a flat tax approach that makes a sensible and understandable tax code. Also, we need to tie spending to the income so that we don't continue to spend more than we receive.
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Argument opposed

Bad things happen when Congress sets itself arbitrary deadlines, and if this bill were to pass and Congress couldn’t the new tax code passed in time, the uncertainty could be catastrophic for the economy.

SouthernGal's Opinion
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01/11/2017
The tax code needs to be reformed, but I question the ability of this congress to do so. They are owned by corporations, which means to me corporations will get great deals, the rest of us, not so much. Before setting deadlines, perhaps we should see how congress plans to do this mammoth job? After watching the mess Paul Ryan made of their horrid healthcare plan, this congress should not be allowed to vote on any bill until they can pass a test on civics, the constitution and basic compassion.
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Jlhoopes's Opinion
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01/11/2017
I can't lend support for any tax code changes without knowing exactly what tax plan will be implemented. That's absurd. It's akin to having a doctor tell you that they are going to fix your health issues guaranteed, although you're going to get another, but they aren't sure which.
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Lois's Opinion
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01/14/2017
I feel the flat tax will benefit the rich. Not the middle class or the poor. Way too aggressive of change to be introduced and enacted without a lot of study. Vote no on this issue.
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    WHY WAIT 4+ YEARS?! REPLACE IT NOW WITH SENATOR TED CRUZ' FLAT TAX!!! And while you're at it, 1. COMPLETELY REPEAL OBAMACARE; and 2. QUIT DRAGGING YOUR FEET AND START BALANCING THE BUDGET!
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    The tax code needs to be reformed, but I question the ability of this congress to do so. They are owned by corporations, which means to me corporations will get great deals, the rest of us, not so much. Before setting deadlines, perhaps we should see how congress plans to do this mammoth job? After watching the mess Paul Ryan made of their horrid healthcare plan, this congress should not be allowed to vote on any bill until they can pass a test on civics, the constitution and basic compassion.
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    I can't lend support for any tax code changes without knowing exactly what tax plan will be implemented. That's absurd. It's akin to having a doctor tell you that they are going to fix your health issues guaranteed, although you're going to get another, but they aren't sure which.
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    I feel the flat tax will benefit the rich. Not the middle class or the poor. Way too aggressive of change to be introduced and enacted without a lot of study. Vote no on this issue.
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    This is typical of Congress. Just like ACA... Let's repeal and start defunding ACA and leave 22 million Americans without healthcare and worry about a replacement later. Another symptom of the same disease - a complete disconnect with reality.
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    Arbitrary deadlines are bad for the country. Come up with an alternative plan and present it to the public for scrutiny first!
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    I would like to see an alternate plan made public first!
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    Fair tax. The government is going to have to learn to live within its means
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    A progressive tax is necessary, because raw percentages hurt the poor and middle class. While a millionaire can easily afford 150,000 (15%), a person making 10,000 a year needs that 1,500 (still 15%) just to make ends meet. Lower income people need a larger percent of their income to survive. To completely destroy the current tax code , especially without a solid plan to replace it, is worse than reckless, it is suicide.
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    There have been several good proposals for a flat tax approach that makes a sensible and understandable tax code. Also, we need to tie spending to the income so that we don't continue to spend more than we receive.
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    I don't trust this Congress to not screw over the middle class in a reform bill. The loopholes in the current code were put there by the same type of people currently in control - those controlled by corporate interests and who serve the rich.
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    Can we please bring back the old rates from the 50s and 60s?
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    This is republicans wanting to drastically reduce taxes without a budgetary plan on how to do so. The last thing we need while we hold $20 trillion of debt are tax reductions. The "Reaganomics" belief that cutting taxes will drive higher revenues enough to more than compensate for budget deficits failed. Every Republican presidential administration since has increased our public debt due to the fallacy of this theory. If you want to cut taxes, provide a plan on how to pay off our debt first.
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    America’s tax code needs reform, plain and simple. The current tax system discourages saving, investment, and entrepreneurship. It’s a drag on productivity, job growth, international competitiveness, and wages. It’s complicated beyond belief, and it needs to change.
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    Simplify our tax codes? Yes. Trust this congress to do it without hurting the working class? Nope.
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    Arbitrary deadlines are no good, flat tax is no good, what's with the current zeal for jumping out of the airplane and promising a parachute later?
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    You don't terminate everything. You fix things and you sure don't leave the next administration to run a government with no way to gather taxes.
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    Oh Boy, been waiting for this. BREAKING NEWS HEADLINES: Federal Government goes on WeightWatchers diet to drop that budget bloat.
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    I voted nay. A flat tax will only be fair if tax loopholes are eliminated. Just look at Trump's pride in not paying federal taxes because he's smart, (according to himself).
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    This makes the tax regressive, taxing the poor at the same rate as the rich.
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