mlt.perfume, VAT basically hurts everyone. It makes goods either be of less quality to keep the low price, or sell less, which means the end-user gets burned by it. And this is the general population. And it's usually a deadweight loss situation. The economy loses more money than the government earns and it also hurts things if the money isn't put back by the gov at improving productivity and it usually isn't.
And tax cuts make investments return in the country and make more jobs. Look at it this way. Since my country got an unique 16% tax on income, instead of from 19% to 40%, more people declared their true income and also tons of investments came in. Now Nokia, Ford and tons of other companies opened manufacturing plants here. I believe that people should be allowed to do whatever they want with their money. I believe that pampering the society too much leads to less responsibility and it makes people see the bigger picture less.
Also, if I'd want to pay health for other people, it wouldn't be for people in the US, if I'd be American. I'd rather spend my tax money on some other poor country's citizens. Aren't social type things based on this helping the poor thing? Why would I pay the heart surgery on some fatty who stuffed himself with McDonalds when people on other places of the world starve? I mean, no offense, but social programs are the biggest hypocrisy in my opinion. There's a thing that you shouldn't cross.
Astaroth, the bigger heart risk thing is the huge consumption of unsaturated fats. Those things that clog arteries are made out of unsaturated fat.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awA2fsa94MIhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3ZnrE3dQdw
Blah, I read a book with a great study on it, but I don't have time to look for it now. If you want to debate this though, we should get a new thread. And we didn't discuss politics so far. It's more like economics and social aspects. We didn't mention any parties, did we? :P