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Yes, we should be taxed. No, keep money earned.
Debate Score:180
Arguments:131
Total Votes:216
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Should we be taxed to help society? Or, keep the money we earn?

Yes, we should be taxed.

Side Score: 140
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No, keep money earned.

Side Score: 40
4 points

I think we should be taxed in order to provide support for the government. Our money supports things such as caring for the elderly, providing public education, protecting the environment, and other basic necessities like safe food and water. Taxes help the government work effectively on solving social issues, and creating justice and economic security, so I think they are beneficial. http://governmentisgood.com/articles.php?aid=17

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
3 points

We should be taxed because that’s how we can pay our military, police, firefighters, etc. these are the people saving our lives on a daily basis. If they don’t get paid then there’s nobody to save us if something happens.

Supporting evidence: https://wonderopolis.org/wonder/why-do-you-have-to-pay-taxes

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
3 points

When we pay taxes, we are ensuring a safer environment in which we live. Our tax money goes to our society to better it, such as paving roads, building government facilities, and paying salaries of police officers and firefighters.

Supporting Evidence: the balance.com (www.thebalance.com)
Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
3 points

We need to pay taxes so we can receive funding for public schools. Studies show that additional school funding improves academic performance and increases the income earned by students as adults. Paying taxes now will allow us to have a more successful future.

Supporting Evidence: http://www.massbudget.org/report_window.php?loc=Building-a-Strong- Economy-The-Roles-of-Education-Transportation-and-Tax-Policy.html

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
WilliamGray Disputed
1 point

This is a good reason to pay taxes but what you are saying is just state taxes that I am fine with paying but federal taxes are not needed in paying.

Side: No, keep money earned.
3 points

Taxes are a good idea because they help put roads on the map, skyscrapers in the cities, and keep a stable increase in economic growth in society. if taxed were taken away who would clean up the roads of all the potholes, who would clean up the city’s the towns after major storms, who would make the houses that families of the future need. we do get a portion of the money back anyway when you file for taxes, so you are getting money back.

Supporting Evidence: Taxes are good (governmentisgood.com)
Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
2 points

Hello c:

Well, I don't like taxes.. But I DO like paved roads, clean water and safe food. Somebody's got to pay for that, and I don't mind if it's me..

excon

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
2 points

I agree on taxes, I agree with everything this person said. I love being able to charge my phone and flush my toilet. I also like people being there to stop my house from going to hell through flames. So I don’t mind taxes.

Supporting Evidence: Wonderopolis: Why do we have to pay taxes? (wonderopolis.org)
Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
2 points

I think taxes are necessary because tax dollars go towards things that keep us safe as a community. Tax dollars support and pay for safe roads, safe food, etc. taxes also fund homeless shelters and other necessities that people need who might not be fortunate to get them on their own.http://governmentisgood.com/articles.php?aid=17&print;=1

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
brentasmith Disputed
1 point

This same argument is made over and over again about schools and helping the community but how many people on this side actually looked up the national budget and examined the amount of money that went into each of these. A very minuscule amount of the budget goes towards these things. We’re entrusting the government with our money and then not paying attention to where it is actually going.

Supporting Evidence: National budget (www.nationalpriorities.org)
Side: No, keep money earned.
2 points

Yes we should! our taxes pay for schools, food, businesses, and even military. If we didn’t pay taxes we wouldn’t have any of our everyday needs like education or safety. Taxes help us live and survive. We drive on roads and eat foods everyday, we wouldn’t have these things without taxes. Shelters for the homeless are also payed for by taxes, if these weren’t here, a lot of people would be on the streets and stealing.

Supporting Evidence: Dun dun duhhhhhhhh (www.createdebate.com)
Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
2 points

Although taxes seem pointless and most Americans believe we shouldn’t have them, they actually are necessary. Without taxes, we wouldn’t have roads to drive on, and taxes pay for major health programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, social security, and defense/security. The social security system provides retirement and disability benefits. Taxes also pay for unemployment insurance, food stamps, low-income housing assistance, and programs for abused and neglected children. Taxes help people more than they hurt them, and I believe they should stay. https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tips/general/how-are-federal-taxes-spent/L6kinGuUt

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
2 points

I think we should be taxed. Taxes are used to better the country. Without taxes there would be no way to pay for military, firefighters, and police. Taxes ensure that the roads we use are safe and efficient enough for travel. Taxes also help support government programs such as homeless shelters.

Supporting Evidence: Taxes (wonderopolis.org)
Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
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1 point

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Side: No, keep money earned.
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1 point

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Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

Taxes are good because the money goes to many good things. Tax money goes to military, police, and firemen. Also tax dollars help to keep the roads in good conditions and I know I don’t like messed up roads.

Supporting Evidence: We should have taxes (wonderopolis.org)
Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
2 points

I believe we should pay taxes to the government. It gets us thing like parks, libraries, and military funding. I do not agree with the high amount of taxes and think they should be brought down in how much they tax us, but should not get rid of them. I think taxation should be income based and the higher the income the higher the tax should be and vice versa.

Supporting Evidence: Higher Income Taxes (www.theguardian.com)
Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
2 points

I think we should be taxed, because it helps pay for important things that most use everyday, like roads. Without taxing, our education wouldn't be as advanced, because there wouldn't be a source of income for the schooling. Use paying taxes pays for our officers and firefighters, and without them every town would struggle. These are just a few reasons it is important for use to be taxe.

Supporting Evidence: Importance of taxing (www.google.com)
Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
2 points

We should be taxed, in order for the local, state, and federal, governments to have the funds they need in order to provide services to the American public. But this tax should be a progressive tax, one that changes based on income level, rather than a flat tax, which is a set figure to come from your income, regardless of how much you have. So that middle- to lower- class individuals can pay a portion, and still be able to afford basic amenities, and the upper-class can pay more, so that society as a whole can have better access to basic needs and services, like education and infrastructure.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-why-people-hate-paying-taxes-20170418-story.html

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
2 points

In my opinion, taxes are very necessary. The rate of taxes could be debated, but I think their existence is a "must." Metro times describes all the things taxes are used to build and support. The source says, "Taxes pay people to build pipes to carry our poop away and pay people to carry our garbage away." Taxes also pay for roads, schools, police, etc. Taxes certainly seem like a burden, but without them, I think we would finally recognize their significance.

Article supporting: https://www.metrotimes.com/detroit/why-taxes-are-a-good-thing/Content?oid=2174958

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
2 points

I think we should be taxed. Taxes help the country better because it pays for a lot of our health care and multiple other stuff. We usually get our taxes back through tax returns. I think it also helps the country because it goes the police, firefighters, and the military. - Eric Hornsby. www.theguardian.com

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

I support this article. You provided great facts to support the need for taxes.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
2 points

Even though taxes, in the moment of getting your check, can seem like a bad thing, they are really not. Taxes provide citizens with such a better society to live in. Taxes benefit every citizen, rich or poor. Taxes pay for things like our roads, education systems, military, and our local first responders. Without them, we would not get to live in the growing, prosperous city that we have today.

Supporting Evidence: Understanding Taxes (apps.irs.gov)
Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

I agree that it is important to continue to grow as a community and unfortunately this requires money. If we are able, we should support our community

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
NumberOne(218) Disputed
1 point

I agree that it is important to continue to grow as a community and unfortunately this requires money.

No, it requires only resources. Whether beneficial or not, money is something surplus to necessity which we invented ourselves.

Side: No, keep money earned.
2 points

Taxing citizens is how the government gets its income. Without taxes, it would become impossible for the government to operate. Our tax dollars are used to better our country through helping develop the infrastructure and pay for socialized services, like healthcare, welfare, and homeland security. If we didn't pay taxes, our society would suffer.

http://www.onefinanceplace.com/34-importance%20of%20paying%20taxes.html

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

I think that we should be taxed because we need public schools and parks and police and firefighters need to do their jobs and no one else is gonna pay for it just out of their own free will so therefore everyone should be taxed in order to pay for it.

https://www.quora.com/Why-should-we-pay-tax-to-government

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
Wyw65pqc(2) Disputed
1 point

While you are correct that we need schools, parks, and other public goods, your theory falls short in the fact that over $400 billion dollars worth of donations are contributed towards the good of the public each year in the USA. Areas in the USA that need the most attention towards their school systems, justice systems, and public areas are also the same areas that contribute little to no tax dollars towards their own cities. In inner cities such as these, the percentage of welfare recipients who are not legal US citizens is upwards of 30%. It is a shame that people assimilate in poor areas but but a measly 6 % (70 billion dollars) is not worth the abuse of the other 94% of taxes.

Side: No, keep money earned.
1 point

Taxes are vital to the lives we live everyday and without them we would have no way of paying, for all the things like roads and schools and public education etc. Taxes are a necessary sacrifice to ensure that we have better quality of life daily.

-Ashton b. Oskin

Supporting Evidence: Lank (wonderopolis.org)
Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

I feel like we should be taxed. A lot of the taxes go right back to the cities by helping things such as the roads and school systems. Im sure people would like to keep their earned money but at the same time they benefit from getting taxed. I think that everyone should be taxed equally but not at a very high rate.

Supporting Evidence: taxes are good (www.google.com)
Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

I think that we should be taxed because if we weren’t taxed we wouldn’t have all the things we have today such as, roads,hospitals, firefighters, or police. These things wouldn’t be possible, water wouldn’t be clean , trash wouldn’t have anywhere to go . We would live in a landfill everything would be trashed and no one would care to do anything about it because it wasn’t madatory for anyone to pay anything. If we didn’t have taxes the world would go crazy because nothing would be done for them. The few that would know what to do would have to take large sums of money out of their own pockets and that’s even less fair than taxing everyone a little bit.

Supporting Evidence: 5 reasons taxes matter (www.politico.com)
Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

I think we should be taxed because tax dollars go to the things that help our community. Tax dollars help supply us with paved roads, playgrounds, police officers to keep us safe, and etc. Our taxes also help supply our brave soldiers with supplies to help keep us safe, as well as homeless a shelter with supplies to help those in tough times. Although we have many wants we have to think about others and how a little of our incomes can go a long way. -Autumn

Supporting Evidence: Taxes are good (governmentisgood.com)
Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

Yes we should be taxed to pay for goods provided by the government such as road, schools, law enforcement, parks, libraries and military protection. Who would pay for theses goods if we didn’t? Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society.

Supporting Evidence: Good reasons for taxes (www.google.com)
Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

Paying a tax isn’t a hobby of anyone’s and it sure isn’t fair how much money the goverment can take. But in the end this money is going to pay fire fighters, police, paving roads, providing sewer systems and etc it really helps making a safe and reliable community for the “tax payers” and as well providing for the less fortunate and homeless. I believe that the benneifits of paying our taxes do help out in the community and other people’s families and eventually does help for the better.

Supporting Evidence: Why do we have to pay taxes? (wonderopolis.org)
Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

I think society tax is a good thing because it helps pay for road new buildings new water system and all kinds of stuff that we use every day but I’m at against welfare I don’t think the middle class and the rich should have to pay for the poor if their to lazy to get a job.

Supporting Evidence: Yes/no (wonderopolis.org)
Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

I think we should be taxed because our government needs the money to develop and maintain a good infrastructure. The money is also needed to take on our many social issues and is necessary to help local and national emergencies. all of the money we pay in taxes goes to different places and is used to support a good society.

https://www.brookings.edu/opinions/good-reasons-for-taxes/amp/

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

https://m.metrotimes.com/detroit/why-taxes-are-a-good-thing/Content?oid=2174958

No one enjoys paying taxes but there are many benefits that come from having taxes in our society today. Taxes pay for the roads, schools, and national defense and police. I think taxing in moderation so to speak is a very smart thing to do however if we are to over tax that will do nothing but hurt our society. I believe that there are a lot of good that comes from taxes but we need to find a balance in taxes that is equal for everyone because after all no one enjoys taxes but they are used for our benefit. If we weren’t to pay these taxes some of the things that our towns need such as schools wouldn’t be provided.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

I agree that we should be taxed. We need things like new roads, public schools, parks, libraries. Taxes also help pay for our safety. Paying taxes will also help fund the homeless and take care of the less fortunate. So I do think it is necessary to pay taxes. http://governmentisgood.com

-Macy Trapp

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

I agree with payi taxes, I see how some people are displeased with paying their taxes because they think “ Ugh less money for me”, but when I think of taxes I think about how much taxes help people and communities. Taxes are like a payment for the common good funding things we need or would want to keep in good condition like bridges, roads, and drinking water. Taxes fund the government an they do good for people. Taxes go to the government and they reach out to assist people going through a rough time in there finances so they can get back on there feet.

- Grace S

Supporting Evidence: Support the idea of paying taxes. (m.huffpost.com)
Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
brentasmith Disputed
1 point

It’s not the idea of paying taxes because I would make less money that I disagree with it’s the fact that we entrust money each year to a budget that is proportionally off. This money is expected of us and we don’t know where it’s going with a very minimum amount spent on infastructure. I also linked to an article where the federal budget is shown to prove my point

Supporting Evidence: Government spending chart (www.nationalpriorities.org)
Side: No, keep money earned.
1 point

The money you earn means nothing if you don't have a road to drive on, a functioning hospitality, law and order from police, military protection, and on and on.

There will always be SOME taxes. The only way to not have them is if you're in a totalitarian state and the state already owns every last thing including your butt. The question with taxes is where to balance them out. You may balance them differently than I would, but that's where the politics of it all come into play. It's folly, however, to simply boil it all down to you should keep all your money. That conclusion is basically just an admission you really don't understand society or government so you're going to take the most extreme banner of critics and wrap yourself in it.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

I agree with pretty much everyone on this side. While I don't like PAYING taxes, I do like smooth roads, clean areas, healthy drinking water, fires being put out, criminals being apprehended, social servies and so on. It's kind of like insurance, you hate it til you need it.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

The money you pay in taxes goes places. It pays the salaries of government workers, your tax dollars also help to support common resources, such as police and firefighters. Tax money helps to make sure the roads you travel on are safe and well-maintained. Taxes fund public libraries and parks.

Source: https://wonderopolis.org/wonder/why-do-you-have-to-pay-taxes

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

Daddy Twan I agree on your stand with taxes. I think taxes help with military funding, and paying our special forces to protect us as well as keep our roads looking nice and safe.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

I think we should be taxed cause well why not? It’s a small percentage of your money going towards things that come back to you in some way or fashion. For example that new local park being built, thats from everyone’s taxes bud. Another way is your tax return bro. Hell yeah. Honestly like it’s not that deep so just pay your taxes or get a better job if its hurting you that bad. #GucciGang #PaigeDrags #LGBTQABCDEFGHIJK #taxes #AreYouAMemberOf #ClubCali? #CallieItAintThatDeep

Supporting Evidence: Why We Pay taxes? (wonderopolis.org)
Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
ZuluNation(2) Disputed
1 point

I agree with you totally. I think that your argument is very good and it’s narrative

Side: No, keep money earned.
1 point

I think that giving our taxes to things that are worth it like for the military, the government those are good reasons, I don’t think we should be able to keep it even though I would love the extra money. I don’t know what to spend it on when I have it, nobody does it goes to their head just like power people who have more power it tends to go to their head and they get big headed and end up losing it all anyways so what’s the point of having extra money if your just going to spend it all anyway.

Supporting Evidence: Why are we taxed (www.civicsacademy.co.za)
Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

Think of paying taxes as tithing at a church. When you tithe, you give money to grow the church and to spread outreach. Taxes are basically the same thing. In order to fight terrorism, provide public education, care for the elderly, etc. we need to pay taxes to the government. Nearly everything we have today; roads, schools, businesses, have been paid for by the public’s taxdollars. So instead of seeing taxes as a bad thing look at them as paying your dues to enjoy such a great society.

Supporting Evidence: Gov is Good (governmentisgood.com)
Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

I believe that taxes help a lot especially at the beginning of the year here is an article to help with what I believe in.

“The money you pay in taxes goes to many places. In addition to paying the salaries of government workers, your tax dollars also help to support common resources, such as police and firefighters. Tax money helps to ensure the roads you travel on are safe and well-maintained. Taxes fund public libraries and parks.”

-Gaige Reece

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

Taxes matter because it helps sustainable funding for social programs and public investment to promote economic growth and development.. It helps communities for a good cause and people who need help and don’t have anything .

http://www.doingbusiness.org/data/exploretopics/paying-taxes/why-matters

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

I feel we should have to pay taxes. Taxes are used to pay for things like public schools, parks, new roads, and our military. These are all very important to our society.

Supporting Evidence: Why do we pay taxes? (www.thebalance.com)
Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

I think we do need taxes so that a certain amount of money can be always circulating. It also goes to help and pay all the people who need a fixed income and that is why taxes really help us and are needed. Taxes also helps projects and insurance companies so I i I I find this process more helpful than harmful. (Nix Basiaga) http://www.doingbusiness.org/data/exploretopics/paying-taxes/why-matters

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

Although I may not agree with all the reason for taxes they ultimately benefit society. Taxes are used to better schools, library’s, parks, and more. They fund healthcare, infrastructures, military, and created a common goal in society to keep a good environment.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

Taxes pay for menial things that average Americans may not always think to put money into. There’s such things as police, roads, firefighters, and schools that’s need to be not only upkept but need continuous growth. Many people need these services everyday, and the pay we give goes a long way in keeping us functional.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

Taxes provide all the things that we take for granted and don’t always view as important, like public schools, police, roads and other infrastructures. Without taxes our basic safety would be compromised as well as free education. https://www.benefitsof.org/what-are-the-benefits-of-paying-taxes/

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

I think we should be taxed to provide money for local governments to maintain roads and other public infrastructure. Taxes help pay for lots of things that we need to function like hospitals or universities. The money that comes from taxes helps everyone. Without taxes there would be no money available for cities to spend on roads and other things for its citizens.

Supporting Evidence: Balance (www.thebalance.com)
Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

I believe we should pay taxes. Taxes pay the salaries of police, firefighters, and EMT that ensures our safety. They also are used to support government programs that provide education, health, and assist the less fortunate. For there to be successful business there must be good roads, telephones, and electricity which is developed by the government or has close involvement with the government.

Supporting Evidence: The importance of taxes (richardkleincpa.com)
Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

We should be taxed, because that’s how we provide for services and also pay for public expanses. With taxes we can provide to help pay for roads, different facilities, and services. Most of the taxes help our society with certain things. Paying taxes will create a more protected environment that we live in.

Supporting Evidence: Importance of taxes (www.scribd.com)
Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

I think the question itself is framed by ideology.

What we are really asking is whether a healthy, successful society should obligate people to contribute. I believe that it has to, since the reward criteria in capitalism is based on self-interest. If tax did not exist then capitalism would tear apart the benefits of genuine community.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
0 points

I think taxes are a good thing because taxes pay for a lot of important things, including schools and police. With higher taxes we would be able to live a more efficient life and have better things. Without taxes we would be less educated and life wouldn’t be as great as it is now. - Devin Ward

https://m.metrotimes.com/detroit/why-taxes-are-a-good-thing/Content?oid=2174958

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
0 points

If there are no taxes, then the government does not earn any income from taxation and citizens do not spend any time worrying about how to evade taxes. Without taxes the government would not never able to provide, a court system, army, a promise force, schools, etc.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
0 points

I believe we should be taxed because if we weren’t then we wouldn’t have some things that we need. The money you pay in taxes goes to many places. In addition to paying the salaries of government workers, your tax dollars also help to support common resources, such as police and firefighters. Tax money helps to ensure the roads you travel on are safe and well-maintained. Taxes fund public libraries and parks. Taxes help everyone to live a better life.

Supporting Evidence: We should have taxes (wonderopolis.org)
Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
0 points

http://governmentisgood.com/articles.php?aid=17&print;=1

I agree that we should be taxed to help society. Tax dollars go towards creating new roads, further improving our cities and towns, public education, and churches. Also, our tax money goes to others who may be less fortunate.

-Hannah Williams

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
0 points

I think people should be taxed to help society because having police/firefighters are always nice and so are roads and water. Taxes are needed for a society to be able to run and everyone needs to do there part.

Wonderopolis.com

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
Zebastian(2) Disputed
1 point

The taxes that come from us to help give government paying jobs like police officers and firefighters and other government funded jobs puts us as a country even more in debt. Police officers think they are above the law and think they can kill or arrest anyone they want and get out of it because they have the government on there side. People need to grow up and learn how to help themselves and quit being spoiled and thinking everyone will do everything for them. In today’s society people are spoiled and are given everything so they believe that going through life and growing up they don’t have to do anything for themselves. People need to learn to go out there and get jobs and start supporting themselves from a young age so as they get older they will be able to know how the real world works and not have to rely on others paying taxes to support them trough life.

Side: No, keep money earned.
Daddy_Twan(1) Disputed
1 point

You wrong man you so wrong 😓🤔. Like you Fr so wrong z. It’s Kam btw but u so damn wrong, because taxes help us maintain a stable society

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
Heathermarie(2) Disputed
1 point

Paying taxes is more than the government taking our money. It gives us a chance to give back to our community to ensure a better society.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
5 points

I can do a lot more to help society with my money than the government can, especially since the sole purpose of government is to hold back civilization and shit all over the common people.

Side: No, keep money earned.
EldonG(553) Disputed
2 points

Yeah, that's the Reagan attitude that meant we no longer invest in real things, and still manage to drive up debt at record rates.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
chanman3333(1) Disputed
2 points

that’s wrong because we use the tax money all the time for things for the people that help make life easier.

Side: No, keep money earned.
Kiki2018(1) Disputed
2 points

Yes because I trust you to pay the military, or the police, or any other government official, yeah better luck next time. Your one person you can’t afford to pay for everything that we have that help us as a community thrive, you don’t have the money to pay for an interstate, or keep the people in prison. “ I cAn Do AlOt MoRe To HeLp SoCiEtY wItH mY mOnEy ThAn ThE gOvErNmEnt CaN.” Yeah okay....

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
LauraMartin(2) Disputed
2 points

More people will blow their money on unnecessary things than they will to help out others or their communities...

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
Blakewiggs(2) Disputed
1 point

The things that you can do with your money can’t help society I only say this because, if you had all the resources then we would even have a government to rely on, as long as people are working for their own money and everyone is being taxed then taxes should be okay , taxes help with everything even if it’s not all for society, it still is for the greater good

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
sadiemarlin(2) Disputed
1 point

The sole purpose of the government is for the public good, creating roads, providing education, protecting the homeless, etc. Without our taxes, they would have no money to provide these things, resulting in a lower quality of life for all of us. While it would he great to keep the entirety of money we make, it's necessary that we think about benefiting our country as a whole, instead of just our personal lives.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
clintdowty3(2) Disputed
1 point

You might think you can do more for society, you might be right, but you arent paying for the roads or school systems right? That might not be where all of the taxes go but as a high school student, those two things affect me as well as the other hundred of thousands to millions of other students in America. I dont know how the government is exactly holding back civilization if they are trying to improve things.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
Bestofjustin(2) Disputed
1 point

I don’t know if I would call lending money or having “food stamps” for a single parent who work to provide for there kids with clothes, shelter, health, and education to “crap” on the common people if anything without the goverment... families and people may not have “a push” to go to the next level of getting a step up from their jobs like from working in McDonalds too getting a job in the office that allows more money to provide for themselves or family.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
jennypatel(2) Disputed
1 point

Even though the government uses taxes for things they shouldn’t, such as helping unemployed people who probably just take advantage of it, the government uses taxes to pay for important things such as social security (which provides help to people with disabilities) and defense/security (police). Taxes also help feed people by paying for food stamps and help families with low-income, along with programs for abused and neglected children. Taxes do good for a lot of people.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
Faithmurray2(2) Disputed
1 point

You can’t provide for the library, police department, roads, side walks, etc. on your own. Would you know where to start? You should pay taxes so you can support your local community in being the best and safest it can be.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
Johnstamos12(2) Disputed
1 point

I strongly believe that you could not do “a lot more” wth your money than the government , th government is set up with the tax system so that we did have to worry about spending our money and not have to pay for things out of pocket. So you are going to pay to build schools, pave roads, fund shelters etc. all these things are types of examples of things our tax dollars pay for. And truthfully the amount you give up in taxes is not as much as it would be for you to pay for common luxuries we are given daily. While I do agree the government is not always the best and doesn’t always make the best decisions with tax money I do still believe that all in all the tax system is a good thing and something that is necessary for our survival and for the common good of the way we live.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
Macy_trapp(2) Disputed
1 point

It does not hold back civilization, it helps it move forward because it helps us with our daily lives. Do you like driving a couple miles without there being a wreck because the roads are messed up? Drinking clean water? Having an education? Or having somewhere to go when your sick or injured? Because I know I do. None of those things would be available when we need them, if we did not pay our taxes. That's just a few of the many reasons that it helps us and doesn't hold civilization back.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
hhaannaahh(2) Disputed
1 point

The sole purpose of the government is to provide public education, create roads, improve cities & towns, hospitals, churches, protect citizens, etc. The sole purpose of the government is for the public good, NOT to "hold back civilization and shit all over the commons people." Without our tax dollars we would not have the money to provide these things for our citizens. Also, if we had the resources to keep society goin ourselves, then we would not need to be taxed, but we don't. We're all in this together, so let's keep paying our taxes and keep our country going.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
Talon_Dobak(2) Disputed
1 point

Yeah, but not really how many people are really gonna wanna put money into things like police, roads, schools, and other various things. I know a lot of people who would absolutely not care because it doesn’t deal with them.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
Collin224(2) Disputed
2 points

I respect how you feel by I think that paying for these things are good. I think we should have good roads. I also think we should pay for the people who protect us.

Side: No, keep money earned.
Lydiadawn(1) Disputed
1 point

We would want to put our money into paying for services, like police officers and firefighters, because they help protect us. Also schools give each child a education and help us to be more successful.

Side: No, keep money earned.
brandonsimer(1) Disputed
1 point

I would like to disagree, on the grounds that a single middle-class individual can do very little to help society with their income. Unless you are incredibly wealthy, your income cannot help the entirety of society. This is what taxes are for, to help fund the military, and emergency service workers, like police, firefighters, and EMTs. It also funds, education, infrastructure, welfare, etc. Things that are necessary for the good of society cannot be provided by a single individual, but by the majority of society that can pay for it.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
2 points

I say we should keep our hard earned money and not have to pay for others who don’t work and need wellfare to live. We went out of our way to get a job and earn money to support our families not people you don’t know who use our money through taxes to live when they can go out and find a job just like everyone else out there.

Supporting Evidence: No to taxes (www.forbes.com)
Side: No, keep money earned.
LaureDayle(2) Disputed
1 point

I believe that we should give our money to the government because if we didn’t we wouldn’t have things that are in the community that we need. If we didn’t pay taxes our hard workers like the police wouldn’t be able to keep us safe. Taxes support those in need.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
crhorsley(2) Disputed
1 point

Just remember you might one day be in the same situation where you have to depend on others. You today do the exact same thing that these people who depend on you did before you. And you will be in their position in the future where you will be thankful for these taxes and money taken out to support you and to have a happy and healthy life.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
brentasmith Disputed
1 point

I believe you are referring to healthcare and retirement services but in reality this argument is invalid. Healthcare is independently owned by private investors that’s why there are multiple health insurance options and retirement funds are mostly job related due to 401k oppurtunities offered through them. However, the argument could be made that a person working in fast food for the rest of their life would need a retirement fund but I hope that people have bigger dreams than that but maybe I’m wrong.

Side: No, keep money earned.
AutumnB(2) Disputed
1 point

Although I agree many people who are on welfare could get a job. We still need taxes for those who cannot like the disabled, or those who need it in between jobs. Also I feel as if your able to debate on this supporting for your family isn't a problem and you just have wants not needs. Also do you like paved roads, military, firefighters, and police officers? Because without taxes those things wouldn't be made possible.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
Hward15(3) Disputed
1 point

Cops work, fire fighters work, doctors work. How do you think they get paid, how do you think they learn. We wouldn’t have any of these people if we didn’t have schools. You can’t learn from your parents cause they won’t have school. There wouldn’t be a lot of jobs and more and more people would be homeless and left on the streets to steal and commit crimes.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
Hward15(3) Disputed
1 point

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Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
Jonathanlbry(2) Disputed
1 point

Although I agree with the point that giving money to homeless is a waste, you shouldn't disagree with paying taxes because of that. Do you also disagree with service men that keep you safe of the clean water you drink everyday?

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
Makayla0824(2) Disputed
1 point

You have a very valid argument I agree that individuals who work hard for their money should get to keep their money. I believe it is wrong to pay individuals who are just too lazy to go out and get a job should not be paid for with our taxes but taxes have many other qualities that support us in other ways. Such as taxes are used to help support our community and other things that individuals would not pay for to fix themselves if we didn’t pay taxes. Taxes are a pain and it would be nice if we didn’t have to pay them but there are many overall benefits that taxes provide and without those benefits I assume that many parts of our towns would be run down and incomplete in some areas because no one is going to pay for something that they don’t have to pay for.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
Landon2000(3) Disputed
1 point

I one hundred percent agree with you on the welfare part but we still need taxes in order for our city’s and towns to work properly and without our money our government couldn’t afford to pay for all the things we use

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
paigeragains(1) Disputed
1 point

Taxes are used to pay salaries of government employees and often make changes to help our society. When we keep tax money we aren’t supporting our nation and environment

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
jonahjohnson(1) Disputed
1 point

We need to pay taxes for our benefit. It gives everyone the chance to have a fair and free education. Don’t see it as paying for people who dont have jobs, that isn’t always the case. Sure, it may help them out, but a majority of the taxdollars spent goes towards schools, preventing terrorism, and roads.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
KingReid_(3) Disputed
1 point

I respect your stand but do not agree with it and here is why. Yes we have earned our money the hard way and deserve all we can get. Taxes fund our military, police and firemen, and infrastructure. If you believe in keeping your surrounding area safe and liveable, then you should be for taxation. Taxes being income based should be implemented and raised or lowered based on your annual income. You are for bettering yourself and instead of attempting to provide and progress our country so you can think about that.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
kassidyfuh(3) Disputed
1 point

You shouldn’t only seeing it as supporting those who don’t have jobs but see it as supporting the community as a whole. For example, giving all an opportunity to be educated and pay those who keep our community safe.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
SamuelFletch(2) Disputed
1 point

It’s agreeable that we should keep our hard earned money but if you didn’t pay for taxes who’s going to hell you out of the house fires who’s going to arrest that burglar that stole your new jays taxes help pay for the jobs of buisnessses and those taxes that businesses pay for help other businesses not paying taxes would create social chaos

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
BenjamminOnU(1) Disputed
1 point

I dont agree because assumimg your an average person, you love clean water and paved roads as well as saftey in your life. Taxes fund that

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
2 points

As my article states one of the main arguments against taxes is the fundamental basis that it stands on. Whenever taxes were created people did not mind contributing money to help fund schools or public programs, however taxes have been molded into something else where the government expects a certain portion of our money to do whatever they want within the budget. Many investors do more with their money by contributing it to privately owned charities then they do by paying taxes. The amount of money dedicated to public works and schooling now is significantly smaller than many of the other items on the budget list. This shows that all of the tax money we think is going to providing clean water and better roads is actually going to fund some other aspect of the budget instead.

Supporting Evidence: Progressive taxation argument (www.google.com)
Side: No, keep money earned.
dadofdennis(4) Disputed
1 point

in 2016 this is how the US spent 3.95 trillion they spend About $2.7 trillion, more than two-thirds of the total went for various kinds of social insurance (Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, unemployment compensation, veterans benefits and the like). Another $604 billion, or 15.3% of total spending, went for national defense; net interest payments on government debt was about $240 billion, or 6.1%. Education aid and related social services were about $114 billion, or less than 3% of all federal spending.

Supporting Evidence: website (www.google.com)
Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
Dennislevant(3) Disputed
1 point

You're article can state whatever it wants, if we don't pay taxes how would we pay for infastructure? I would like to see this budget list you speak of because even if schools aren't getting the majority of the money, that means that the government is spending somewhere else that it's needed. In the future this list might change and schooling could be more prioritized by the government. #baked

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
Debate-grace(2) Disputed
1 point

The government will get pushy estimate its contributions and entitlements, and each individual is dervetive of society that is entitled to social- conscripts- and portioned to each persons acquisition that socciety measures its rightful share. If the population didn’t work to support themselves and didn’t give to the government then their wouldn’t be any support for our own community.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

We are hard working citizens, atleast some of us, we should keep the money we work for. I think some states should have to pay tax like the ones that make more income like Boston or new York or San Francisco. But in low income states we shouldn't have to pay as much tax as there giving us. I understand the government takes money away from us to give back to the community, but they shouldn't take out as much as there taking out.

Side: No, keep money earned.
adrian_bradl(2) Disputed
1 point

The government has to take out as much as it takes out because our national debt is increasing every second and taxes helps relieve some of that but if you were to take from different states who have different economy's it would mess up the balance of the richer states and the poorer states

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
Callierthom(1) Disputed
1 point

If we don’t pay taxes, then the people who save our lives on a daily.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

I think tax is a good thing because our city’s and towns will not be working properly without our money to help pay for half of the stuff we use to day

Side: No, keep money earned.
1 point

We should to the state, but not the federal government State taxes are what pay for schooling, police, fire departments, roads, and more. The federal government uses those taxes to pay salaries for Congress, the President, the FBI, etc...

Supporting Evidence: Debate (www.debate.org)
Side: No, keep money earned.
Lil_Wayne(3) Disputed
1 point

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Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
1 point

Tax collection is taking of property without the due process of law, which is unconstitutional they cite the 5th amendment of the constitution which states that no person shall be “ deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law”. Honestly I believe that if we didn’t have to pay taxes it would help the people more I also think our money goes to the government but it doesn’t help anyone out and if it fixed roads maybe roads would actually get fixed.

Supporting Evidence: Efile (www.efile.com)
Side: No, keep money earned.
0 points

I believe that in a free country the money belongs to the person who goes out and earns it. Those who produce a certain amount of wealth shouldn't have it taken away from them, I do agree that a certain portion of money should be set aside for things such as national defense and the justice system but the government shouldn't have their hand in my pocket for something such as welfare programs. People who are unwilling to work should not receive my tax dollars, I have no remorse for a weak individual who expects a handout. Individuals who physically cannot support themselves(i.e. Disabled people) are a completely other topic. If we want smaller government, reduce the amount of taxes that Congress has to play with. Small government was the reason why the economy was booming in the 1920s, big government was the reason why the Great Depression hit.

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/one-bad-eight-good-reasons-cut-taxes

Linsey

Side: No, keep money earned.
0 points

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Supporting Evidence: http://governmentisgood.com/articles.php?aid=17 (governmentisgood.com)
Side: No, keep money earned.
-1 points

Society as a whole has been enslaving itself through hierarchical methods since the dawn of time. It’s a food chain, but every level has the potential to overthrow its successor. In modern times, this is demonstrated through Social Security, identities, and taxes. Democracy alludes to freedom and taxes leave a foul taint upon America’s sacred principle. If an individual has the power to control oneself and his/her actions, they should be in control of ALL parts of their livelihood. Higher powers use the people’s money as a mass to fund wars based on political agendas, to further organizations that could be corrupt, and to do what seems like the opposite of what taxes are actually implemented for. ~ Gavin

Supporting Evidence: Taxes still pay for WWII (time.com)
Side: No, keep money earned.
-4 points
MixSar Disputed
2 points

I see your point but if it was up to individual people to donate for help these funds the people taxes are helping won’t have a steady income so that’s why the government takes out money instead of leaving it up to us (Nix Basiaga)

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
Abbyfitz(2) Disputed
1 point

I disagree with this, because if there isn't a constant income from us, nothing will ever progress, and even if it isn't being used at that moment it will be used to help us in the long run.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
callieroach Disputed
1 point

Basically, you are saying we should be taxed. You just may think we should not be taxed as much. A lot of people may agree that we should not be taxed as much as, or that the wealthy should not be hit as hard. With that being said, those same people would likely say that we should still be taxed.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
Daddy_kam(2) Disputed
1 point

hear what u have to say but don’t care. This is our damn money and we should be able to spend it on whatever the hell we want without taxes 🖕🏼

Side: No, keep money earned.
Katelyng(1) Disputed
1 point

I disagree because if there is no money going towards the improvement of roads or money to pay figherfighters the economy will never advance.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
Lil_Wayne(3) Disputed
1 point

Weeezy in the bulding babyyyyy, c'mon "daddy_kam" do you not want to help brotha out, we all need to drink lean and some baaaabyyyy. Weeezy out throws the piece sign

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
ZuluNation(2) Disputed
1 point

I disagree with you because you don’t even have a good cause. Maybe you should hit the books bro

Side: No, keep money earned.
austinwfoley(1) Disputed
1 point

I disagree with this. If there is no money being put into the safety of U.S citizens, safe roads for instance, then someone who gets in a wreck will end up spending more money and maybe even their life.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
RachelLitch(1) Disputed
1 point

Without taxes, there wouldn't be a road for you to drive on or a school for you to go to. Taxes pay for things that you use every single day. If we didn't pay taxes our world would be completely different.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
loravan(1) Disputed
1 point

I disagree because our taxes are used toward our welfare and protection. Taxes provide roads, public school teachers, and policemen, as well as many other things.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
zrob(1) Disputed
1 point

I disagree, taxes ensure that we have money available for anything that happens in a community. Taxes are necessarily for a community to function. The money that comes from taxes is used to maintain roads, hospitals, etc. Taking taxes creates a steady income for the government to spend on us.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.
caitlynjfarm(1) Disputed
1 point

I disagree, because taxes do a lot more for our well being than just providing national defense. They help create a nicer and more well-developed environment for us to live in.

Side: Yes, we should be taxed.