Monday, October 20, 2008

Tonight's Humor is Brought to You By.....

A blogger at The Jackson Free Press. This post by the Millsaps graduate is for your amusement. Enjoy:

"There has been quite a debate over issues of tax cuts, class warfare, and shared prosperity ('spreading the wealth around'). I want to present a little tutorial on income and taxes for my friends who bemoan the idea of taxation - or, rather, higher taxation.
First, higher income always comes on the backs of the poor. After all, we buy food for cheap because we pay farm workers so low. We buy clothes cheaper because folks are willing to work for close to minimum wage without health care.
So, we could lower taxes, but would you be willing to pay much more for goods and services so the folks who "need" government service (e.g. health care, food stamps) can afford those previously provided for services?
Second, if I make higher income, someone else generally has to make a lower income - there is only enough money to go around. The economy has a fixed amount of "good" high paying jobs. The economy needs people to be willing to take low income and physically demanding jobs. Would you be willing to pay more to people who do those jobs so your taxes can be low?
Third, income tax rates are at a historical low. Take a look at the marginal historical tax rates. Go ahead, google it. Tax rates have been unbelievably high (even close to the 90 percentile in income!!).
Fourth, we are only as prosperous as our neighbor. When we lower taxes, we lower social programs. Take a look at the 1980s which led to the social upheavals of the 1990s (remember the high crime rates, teenage pregnancies, and so forth?) When we lower social programs, we cause social problems. When we have social problems, we have major expenses for YOU the taxpayer. You have to hire more police, more teachers, pay for more health care and so forth. The gist of my point is this - you are going to have to pay for "it" some how. We can lower taxes in the short term, but you'll pay for it in the long term.
The problem, then, is not taxes. The problem is government working well and working for us. So, quit bemoaning taxes and bemoan bad government programs!
posted by
John Sawyer on 10/17/08 at 07:44 AM"
http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/index.php/site/comments/a_friendly_tutorial_on_taxes/

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wish Mr. Sawyer would do a little research next time. The last time that I checked, most of our social ills (such as high crime rates, teenage pregnancies, and children born out of wedlock) can be directly traced to LBJ's "Great Society". Look at these figures before and after LBJ.

Kingfish said...

This is my favorite:

Second, if I make higher income, someone else generally has to make a lower income - there is only enough money to go around. The economy has a fixed amount of "good" high paying jobs.

Really? There is a wizard behind a curtain who allocates who gets a good job and a bad one as well? The economy never grows and contracts? Wealth is never created? What about the guy who starts his own small business, hires others, pays them well. Does that mean that someone else suffers?

Or better yet, taxes are at historical lows?

Oh really? Check the 1920's. the top rate was TWENTY-FIVE percent!!!The top tax rate was over 90% and when Kennedy reduced it to 70%, the economy took off during the 60's, paying for Johnsons Great War and Great Society.

Anonymous said...

This guy actually has a degree from Millsaps? Millsaps better retract it quickly!

Anonymous said...

If you've got the green Mill$ap$ will give anybody a degree.

Kingfish said...

So much for the core.

Anonymous said...

If there is a finite amount of good paying jobs how do you explain the new jobs created from the computer idustry during the 90's? This is where anti-american liberals lose touch with reality. They can't fathom that America is the greatest country in which our people's ideas, ingenuity and hardwork are what creates new jobs and industries.

Anonymous said...

Stunningly ignorant post. Unfortunately, that is the education that most people receive today -- from grade school through graduate school. That is why the US is on the verge of electing Obama as president. God help us.

Kingfish said...

I posted it on a message board and even the liberals were bashing him. They couldnt' believe he was so ignorant.

And he can vote.

Anonymous said...

How could anyone spend this much money on an advanced education and come away with the paucity of economics knowledge that Sawyer walked out of there with.

Sawyer has failed to defend his "tutorial" after WMartin's comments @ the JFP. That is how the monks chant in that one-way echo chamber.

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