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  1. says

    At this point in human history, having the gov get more revenue is… not a good idea. And you probably know why, Book.
     
    What would Homeland security do with 50 billion more funding, do you think? What would the IRS do if they could hire 500,000 more people?
     
    Btw, most economic simulation games will teach people what “taxation” really means. Rather than the internet generation being retards that can’t pay attention for more than 5 seconds to a blurb or pop up or bite phrase, I think it’s a combination of older generations causing that issue and mistaking it for the younger ones. It’s the older generations that are the ones making policy, causing the rest of the people to tune them out when that policy becomes incomprehensible, evil, and/or fail.
     

  2. says

    And before Laffer, there was Ibn Khaldun, who wrote circa 1377 AD:
    It should be known that at the beginning of the dynasty, taxation yields a large revenue from small assessments. At the end of the dynasty, taxation yields a small revenue from large assessments.

    The reason for this is that when the dynasty follows the ways (sunan) of the religion, it imposes only such taxes as are stipulated by the religious law, such as charity taxes, the land tax, and the poll tax. They mean small assessments, because, as everyone knows, the charity tax on property is low. The same applies to the charity tax on grain and cattle, and also to the poll tax, the land tax, and all other taxes required by the religious law. They have fixed limits that cannot be overstepped.

    When the dynasty follows the ways of group feeling and (political) superiority, it necessarily has at first a desert attitude, as has been mentioned before. The desert attitude requires kindness, reverence, humility, respect for the property of other people, and disinclination to appropriate it, except in rare instances. Therefore, the individual imposts and assessments, which together constitute the tax revenue, are low. When tax assessments and imposts upon the subjects are low, the latter have the energy and desire to do things. Cultural enterprises grow and increase, because the low taxes bring satisfaction. When cultural enterprises grow, the number of individual imposts and assessments mounts. In consequence, the tax revenue, which is the sum total of (the individual assessments), increases.
     

  3. says

    The Left would rather have 6 to your 0, than 8 to your 5. They would rather hold a 6 point advantage over you, even losing 2 points from the total, than let you hold a 3 point close gap.
    That is their class differentiation and racial superiority at work.

    • says

      Interesting comment, Ymarsakar.  It reminds me of an attorney I know who, when faced with the choice between bringing 10 motions, 7 of which will win, versus bringing 100 motions, 30 of which will win, will always opt for the latter.  The court’s loath him, but as far as he’s concerned, he’s eked out 23 more wins than the other attorney would have, never mind his 70% failure rate.

      • says

        Right, so long as Leftists are socially and economically superior, they can sustain their personal supremacy beliefs. Even if lowering taxes to 1% will provide them more wealth, they won’t accept it because of all the other people that would get too close to their status in life. They would rather increase taxes to 70% and lose a little bit, while keeping the vast majority of humanity in the crab pocket, never able to get close to the supreme height.

      • says

        It’s also why before the advent of the net and Ebay consumer evaluations, transparent information, people didn’t know who to trust. The con man was indistinguishable from the expert professional to most. Then unions and guilds wanted to set “standards” via their own authority, which helped, but not as much as Ebay’s consumer ratings did for judging competence.
         
        Because on Ebay, it’s not just the positive they look at, but the negatives as a percentage of the positives. Thus someone with 9 successful surgeries and 1 neutral or failed one, is 90% successful. But the person with 50,000 successful surgeries, and 49000 unsuccessful ones, would be looked at in an objective light. Finally.

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