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Should taxation be a major issue in this presidential election?To what extent should...

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brainstorm15 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted October 24, 2012 at 3:14 PM via web

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Should taxation be a major issue in this presidential election?

To what extent should taxation be a debate during a presidental election?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 24, 2012 at 4:04 PM (Answer #2)

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It should be a major point of debate.  Taxation is a big issue in our economy.  We have a huge deficit and tax policies can have an impact on that.  Our economy is sputtering and tax policies can impact that.  So it should be a major aspect of this campaign.

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 24, 2012 at 5:09 PM (Answer #3)

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It is unavoidable that taxation will be an issue in the presidential election, and this is hardly the first time it has emerged. Moreover, the differences in policy reflect fundamentally different approaches to stimulating and managing the economy as well as cutting government debt. So it is entirely appropriate that it should be an issue.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 24, 2012 at 6:47 PM (Answer #4)

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Taxation is an important part of attempting to recover our dismal economic problems. Romney hopes to reduce the taxes of the ultra-rich, believing it will help stimulate the recovery and growth of small businesses. Obama wants to increase the taxes on this same group, believing that they are best suited financially to afford such a tax hike.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 24, 2012 at 8:05 PM (Answer #5)

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Honestly, I do not think the candidate who promises to do anything can possibly be trusted to do that.  They all make a promise.  However, unless the thing you are promising to do is actually in your control, the promise is meaningless.

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brainstorm15 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted October 25, 2012 at 2:17 AM (Answer #6)

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It should be a major point of debate.  Taxation is a big issue in our economy.  We have a huge deficit and tax policies can have an impact on that.  Our economy is sputtering and tax policies can impact that.  So it should be a major aspect of this campaign.

But why should this issue be debated if the President have no influence over taxation?

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brainstorm15 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted October 25, 2012 at 2:20 AM (Answer #7)

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It is unavoidable that taxation will be an issue in the presidential election, and this is hardly the first time it has emerged. Moreover, the differences in policy reflect fundamentally different approaches to stimulating and managing the economy as well as cutting government debt. So it is entirely appropriate that it should be an issue.

I agree, but to what extent? What extent should taxation be a debated issue during a presidential election if the president have no influence?

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 25, 2012 at 2:58 AM (Answer #8)

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It is unavoidable that taxation will be an issue in the presidential election, and this is hardly the first time it has emerged. Moreover, the differences in policy reflect fundamentally different approaches to stimulating and managing the economy as well as cutting government debt. So it is entirely appropriate that it should be an issue.

I agree, but to what extent? What extent should taxation be a debated issue during a presidential election if the president have no influence?

The president has a great deal of influence over tax policy. While he can't levy taxes by executive order, the president in many ways sets the agenda for Congress, including taxation. The executive plays a major role in setting the legislative agenda, including taxes, and of course, he can veto tax legislation he doesn't like. So it is altogether fitting that tax policy should be a big issue in a presidential election. Ultimately, though, it's hard to answer "to what extent" since each voter has their own priorities.

 

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