Your first rather predictable argument didn't make any sense, that's why I dismissed it. Everyone know's they are already paying percentage wise more than other classes. So whats YOUR point? So it doesn't matter, to me, how much of their income you wanna tax if it's still more than a flat tax. And they're paying more into the collective pot than the rest of us. Sorta cut's to the core of conservatism don't ya know. You are completely misrepresenting my point.
No, I am illustrating your point as given: full of holes.
Here's the thing: Personal utility does not equal personal benefit.
Your perspective: If I own a bakery, I benefit from the roads that allow me to get to and from work as much as my employees do because we use the same roads, so we should pay the same taxes. QED
My perspective: If I own a bakery, I benefit from the roads more than my employees because I also get the added benefit of the roads for deliveries of my baked goods to market, transport of baking supplies, and take all the profits despite not being the one driving.
Simple analogy, but I think it illustrates my point very well: that it's rarely that simple and more often than not, layered.
Seriously? Your only argument is based on the assumption I don't the definitions of capitalism and socialism? Last time I checked the two are still in pretty stark contrast to your dismay I'm sure. I mean how many elements of socialism in our current system has caused such advancements? If you wanna go on record in saying that America of all places is predominantly socialist, go ahead.
The government is responsible for funding research and the development of technologies that created computers, the internet, and many of the things that allow us to be as wired/wireless as we are today. The space program wasn't funded by private industry, you know.
edit: Now give us your working definitions of those two terms.
I don't know Japan got nuked a couple times and they seem to offer more to the world than any two bit socialist could dream of.
Yeah...if Japan had help, who knows how much more advanced they'd be now!