What Is A 'Fair Share'?

A fair review might expose it unfair ...

President Obama has consistently suggested our economic health could be corrected if the wealthy paid their "Fair Share."

What is a "Fair Share"?  How is it determined?

If we are expecting some to pay additional taxes because they are wealthy, will there be consequences?

Do legislators consider how they affect the general public, today and over time, or are they only focused on their term?

We, the citizens, need to reconcile how those we elect affect our ability to have sustainable conditions.  What opportunities will survive the actions of a government that intrudes on our personal situations to forward their agenda's?

I am truly interested in how the general public is affected by the government ... are they helping, or hurting your situation?

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Bottom Line March 01, 2013 at 03:58 AM
Lyle ... you claim the States and Local communities were able and chose not to take care of issues. If the citizens made a choice you should respect that, they are more intimately aware of their conditions than you or the Federal Government. Some look at issues differently than you do, and you haven't the right to do more than plead your case. Mandating your measure of charity fails to respect the rights and wishes of those States and Municipalities.
Lyle Ruble March 01, 2013 at 12:33 PM
@Bottom Line...This is a question of sovereignty and priority. It's been pretty well documented what the minimum needs are for survival. The sovereign community has a duty, morally and legally, to assure survival and security needs are met. For those communities and or states that either choose or are unable to meet those needs, then it is the role of the federal government to move in and meet the needs. The practice of segregation and Jim Crow laws are a prime example. We can review our history through centuries that demonstrate the failure. Your whole idea of fair share is misleading and should focus on the question of what are the minimum needs everyone has a right to expect by simply being a citizen of this nation.
Jay Sykes March 01, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Lyle Sez ... "Your whole idea of fair share is misleading and should focus on the question of what are the minimum needs everyone has a right to expect by simply being a citizen of this nation." Lyle, it our President, not Bottom Line, that is tossing around the words 'fairshare', sans clear reasonable definition;that is in-fact what created the need his blog post. It is, in-fact, the President that is misleading with his usage of 'fairshare'. I have not heard the President tie 'fairshare' to anything other than 'Pay MORE Taxes'. I'd like to see a Lexus/Nexus of the Presidential use of 'fairshare' . I'd bet we would only find 'fairshare' tied to paying more taxes;never to your point Lyle, 'focus on the question of what are the minimum needs everyone has a right to expect by simply being a citizen of this nation.' That Lyle, sadly, very sadly, is the very definition 'Presidential Failure to Lead'
Lyle Ruble March 01, 2013 at 07:29 PM
@Jay Sykes....I don't think in terms of fair share and whether Obama or Bottom Line uses the term is meaningless to me. I also don't blindly support everything the President claims or proposes. As usual, my support is for meeting survival and security needs. Whether one is able to achieve is entirely up to them as long they have a reasonable opportunity to do so.
Jay Sykes March 01, 2013 at 10:08 PM
@Lyle... I did not intend to suggest that you unilaterally support the President;only point out that the man with the bully pulpit shapes the debate and defines the terms. What you, or I, say will not change that one iota. The way the President is discussing 'fairshare' reminds me of Lewis Carroll's Humpty Dumpty: "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less." "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things." "The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master that's all." Alice was too much puzzled to say anything, so after a minute Humpty Dumpty began again: "They've a temper, some of them—particularly verbs, they're the proudest—adjectives you can do anything with, but not verbs—however, I can manage the whole lot! Impenetrability! That's what I say!"


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