Timmy elsewhere

At the ASI:

So, yes, everywhere should be striving to be a tax haven. A place where people don\’t mind being taxed because they think that what they get for the amount they\’re charged is fair and reasonable.

There is a delicious corollary to this of course: all those insisting that people must be forced to pay taxes are, by definition, agreeing that the people being taxed don\’t think the taxes are fair and reasonable….

 

3 comments on “Timmy elsewhere

  1. There is a delicious corollary to this of course: all those insisting that people must be forced to pay taxes are, by definition, agreeing that the people being taxed don’t think the taxes are fair and reasonable….

    I think they’d agree with you on that, since the basic idea of high taxes is to take money from the undeserving rich and give it to the undeserving Ritchie.

    So obviously those evil capitalists having their ill-gotten gains expropriated don’t think it’s fair and reasonable. Because they’re evil. Which is really the whole justification for doing it.

  2. Ian:

    Though your sentiment tends toward being correct, it’s not really fairly descriptive of many folks “on the other side.” To varying degrees, many of those are either entirely ignorant of basic economic understanding or, in addition to basic ignorance, have bought a number of the significant arguments advanced by the Left. The very plain fact is that, even with their many specious arguments justifying various economic hamperings and redistributionisms–voiced tirelessly and endlessly in every major venue–the actual elections are usually fairly close.

    And, when it is considered just how marginalized proper economic information has been throughout history, I don’t think it yet advisable to just give up on the eventual formation of a majority; it would probably only require a shift in the opinion of between 5 and 10% to effect such change.

    That is, if civilization shall prevail through the present setbacks (as to which I have doubts).

  3. It’s not helped by the media reporting, e.g. “Ken only paid 14.5% tax!”. On £94K, that’s about £14K, twice as much as the tax+NI someone on £30K pays.

    So does Ken get twice as much for his money? Or is he repaying the society that nurtured him and enabled his success?

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