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Top music stars join calls to tax the rich more

The Local · 19 Jun 2010, 14:47

Published: 19 Jun 2010 14:47 GMT+02:00

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“It cannot be possible that such a rich society as the German one is not capable of reaching a balanced level of income,” Grönemeyer told news magazine Der Spiegel.

“If one likes community, then those who earn money more easily, must give it up more easily,” he said. “I support taxation increases for bigger-earners.”

Müller-Westerhagen told the magazine he also wanted richer people to pay more, although he said he was against double taxation.

“A so-called wealth tax, which would tax money which has already been taxed, is illogical,” he said. “But an increase in the top rate of tax in order to get the top earners to take some responsibility in the light of the financial crisis, is understandable and just.”

The idea that those with more money should pay more under current circumstances was raised by Kurt Lauk, president of the Christian Democratic Union economics council, who last week called for a reasonable increase in value added tax, and an increase in the top rates of income tax of up to four percent.

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The first to support the idea was Dietmar Hopp, one of Germany’s richest men, who was co-founder of SAP and is now an important investor in the biotech industry. He said there was no other choice, and that an increase in top taxes was, “justified as one cannot only reduce social services.”

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17:48 June 19, 2010 by freechoice
How could a country with the greatest number of rich people be poor? Something must be seriously wrong with the taxation system!!!

Deutschland uber Alles oder Alles uber Deutschland?
23:46 June 19, 2010 by Californian
Instead of jumping right back into our pockets once again at the drop of a hat, how about trimming back some of the fat in Government?. I'm sure their sense of pride in serving the country will be unaffected with a pay reduction?. That is if they "like community"...oder?

Oh Herb and Marius, since you are all for less money for your professional hard work, how about some free concerts?

If successful people are going to just be penalized, then what's the point of going to college and obtaining a high paying career?

Instead of more money, how about cutting loose some of the dead weight costing us all?
02:42 June 20, 2010 by Eagle1
Who is running the show over there, Obama? Tax, tax, tax, tax, tax. Stop the f-cking taxing. The rich have played by the rules, so leave them alone. STOP SPENDING MONEY, GERMANY.
05:50 June 20, 2010 by Swigera
Rich people... oh those people who provide people with money; just enough to keep them alive. No, don't tax them!! If you tax the rich, then they will have to cut costs somewhere else, and ultimately the peons get pissed on! Always tax the poor and middle classes more, they can always get another job. After all, they have more time than the rich, who spend their time participating in more pleasurable activities than working to just stay alive. :)
10:51 June 21, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Funny how self-described "populists" decry increased taxes for the top 2% of the economic food chain, which is in reality nothing more than a graduated income tax based on fundamental concepts of equity. You'd think from their comments that the more vociferous of the anti-tax crowd were among those 2%, when in fact they are the victims of the 2%. Why are they defending the wealthy's perceived right to avoid taxes at the expense of everyone else in society? It's odd how people can be propagandized and manipulated to bloviate against their own self interests. I dislike taxes as much as the next guy, but if we depend on roads, public transportation, energy, sanitation, water among the whole spectrum of social services provided by government, then we have to pay for these services somehow. These services are used by rich and poor alike with no distinction. The real cost of taxation falls on the middle and lower classes, who turn out to be the defenders of the rich at their own expense. How about tax breaks for the working class and tax increases for the plutocrats? Sounds fair to me.

Eagle 1, writing from America (which has the lowest tax rate in the industrialized world), has no dog in this German hunt. He should be grateful to be paying US tax rates instead of butting into German fiscal affairs. His comment that "the rich have played by the rules, so leave them alone" is ironically laughable in the wake of the global economic meltdown that demonstrated, if nothing else, that the only rules the rich played by were made by the rich. And if his memory span cannot go all the way back to September, 2008, maybe he should pay attention to how the rich (in this case BP) "played by the rules" amassing its wealth while creating one environmental disaster after another, culminating in the Deepwater Horizon debacle that has despoiled the entire American Gulf Coast and cannot be stopped. Perhaps Eagle 1 would also like to apologize to BP on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of people who have been victimized by BP's rules.
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