Timmy elsewhereMay 22, 2014 Tim WorstallTimmy Elsewhere6 CommentsAt the ASI. Praising Richard Murphy’s excellent argument for a reduction in the tax burden. previousDon’t be so blitheringly stupid boynextCat, meet pigeons, pigeons, meet cat 6 thoughts on “Timmy elsewhere” Van_Patten May 22, 2014 at 11:11 am Tim When I asked him the (admittedly loaded) question: ‘but of course you don’t recognize the concept of disincentives, do you?’ – He normally doesn’t, as a result of his absurd belief that he has more wisdom than 250 years plus of ‘conventional’ economics. His response was: ‘So don’t poor people suffer from disincentives too?’ To which my response was, albeit less eloquent, very similar to the ASI article above. As is oft the case when made to look silly, he resulted to a logical fallacy, in that case a Straw man wherein reducing the burden of taxation on the poor would be accompanied by them losing their right to vote. Not a position I have ever seen advocated on your blog or indeed beyond a few fringe loons on the Telegraph anywhere. He really is a desperately confused individual Ironman May 22, 2014 at 11:53 am Yes, credit where credit is due (even if the credit is conjured “out of thin air” geddit?). Richard Murphy has truly hit the nail on the head here. He has made what some might consider a tedious point, but he has made it very very well. His logic simply cannot be disputed, even by himself. SadButMadLad May 22, 2014 at 2:13 pm Next thing The Murph will do is counter his original statement with an argument that basically comes down to saying he was right all along and that the original statement was not supposed to be valid and recognised as correct by any neoliberal. I mean, you can’t have an expert accountant’s views being validated by neoliberals can you. By definition anything the ASI says is wrong in his view. Ironman May 22, 2014 at 5:39 pm SBML Well as it happens… Surreptitious Evil May 22, 2014 at 7:40 pm HMRC are wrong, and I am right. We don’t need austerity, we need to stop tax evasion And then he has the temerity to disavow his own stupidity. Ironman May 22, 2014 at 8:21 pm I never got around to asking him for the macroeconomic case for reducing the tax gap. You know the one: “close the tax gap and you close the deficit, the one I say we don’t need to close.’ Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.