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Death Tax

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Mitt Romney and the Estate Tax.




The estate tax is good.




The federal estate-tax rate is 45% on every dollar above a $1.5 million exemption. In many states the combined federal/state tax on dying rises above 50%. This means that the government can take a larger share of the business, home and savings that a citizen builds up over a lifetime than would go to his heirs.


People who don't like the estate tax call it the death tax, because it sounds kind of morbid taking money from a dead guy/girl.


People who like the estate tax, call it the estate tax, because none of us like the rich.


Reasons to agree

  1. The estate tax is a great way to ensure that those in the aristocracy, and that end up ruling over us, deserve to rule over us. There is always going to be an aristocracy, but I want it to be those who really are better than us, not those who’s parents were better than our parents.
  2. Thomas Paine supported the estate tax.
  3. Andrew Carnegie supported the estate tax.
  4. Theodore Roosevelt supported the estate tax.
  5. Warren Buffett supports the estate tax.
  6. The fact that Paris Hilton is a billionaire, proves that our society is unfair.
  7. It is not healthy for a country to have a group of people that never have to work a day in their lives.
  8. Most people would rather get taxed after they are dead.
  9. Even with the estate tax parents can pass billions of dollars onto their children.
  10. Even with the estate tax parents can pass the first 1.5 million dollars onto their kids tax free.
  11. Parents can still help their children without having to let parents hand billions to their kids tax free.
  12. Work is good.
  13. If it was bad for welfare-moms to be idle, then it is bad for estate-kids to be idle.
  14. Too many Americans live with a sense of entitlement because of their wealth.


Reasons to disagree

  1. The estate tax breaks the bonds between generations.
  2. It is wrong to tax money twice.
  3. The money the government would take when collecting the estate taxed was already taxed when the parents earned the money.
  4. Maybe the kids don't deserve the money, but governments don't have the right to just step in and take it.
  5. Spreading the money equally between citizens is called socialism.
  6. Russia eliminated its inheritance tax in 2005.
  7. Sweden, the birthplace of the modern-day welfare state, eliminated its estate tax in 2005.
  8. The estate tax tax is unjust.
  9. The estate tax is economically counterproductive.
  10. Argentina does not have an estate tax.
  11. Australia does not have an estate tax.
  12. Canada does not have an estate tax.
  13. Mexico does not have an estate tax.
  14. Switzerland does not have an estate tax.
  15. India does not have an estate tax.
  16. The US has the largest death tax in the industrialized world.
  17. The third policy plank of Marx’s Communist Manifesto is taxation of all inheritance.
  18. The more power you give the government, the more power it will take.

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