AgreedJanuary 6, 2018 Tim WorstallThe Blogger Himself17 Comments It is appallingly #neoliberal of @worstall to use numbers to work out if a tax makes sense. https://t.co/knrtuW8fUK — Morphy Richards (@MurphyCandidTax) January 6, 2018 previousKarl Marx was right, eh?nextPeter Leeson is often fun 17 thoughts on “Agreed” Spike January 6, 2018 at 6:31 pm Appalling. What you should be working out is which demographic you want to take a whack at. Arthur the Cat January 6, 2018 at 6:35 pm Using numbers to work out if something makes sense! That’s a dangerous slippery slope – you’ll be using logic and reason next, and then where will we be? AndrewC January 6, 2018 at 7:29 pm Yes, this link (kindly supplied by Ivor on another thread) is a typical Neoliberal article which uses facts, statistics, numbers and reality* in a transparent attempt to try and refute the universally accepted theory that no-one ever leaves anywhere just because of tax rates. http://www.courant.com/opinion/editorials/hc-ed-tax-migration-0102-20180102-story.html * But, candidly, where is a Venn diagram? Spike January 6, 2018 at 7:53 pm The Courant editorial AndrewC cites does note the connection between high taxes and out-migration. But it asks “If that same ratio held true in 2016” – the ratio being total tax take and total Adjusted Gross Income. In fact, the ratio is worse for those with high incomes. That is exactly the problem, as it was in New York State and New Jersey, and is likely to be after this fall’s Massachusetts ballot question removing the prohibition in the state constitution against different taxes for different Social Classes. Those geese are still laying golden eggs! Spike January 6, 2018 at 8:13 pm PS – An Investors Business Daily editorial makes the migration point for the US as a whole: https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/americans-vote-with-their-feet-for-low-taxes-less-regulation/ jgh January 6, 2018 at 8:34 pm Anything that punishes people for drinking that foul stuff is fine by me. Nothing can replace a decent cup of tea. Pcar January 6, 2018 at 8:43 pm On moving away due to tax: How GOP tax reform will make California to learn ‘fiscal discipline’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xriQsgeyJE https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=connecticut+tax+leaving . OT This is good: Ben Shapiro Brilliantly Educates student On Gender Pay Gap https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oe4OtRdZJsM jgh January 7, 2018 at 12:07 am I was chatting with my retired Engineer Dad and Nurse Step-Mum earlier today about the taking-time-off-work pay gap, and a couple of hours later, lo and behold, on the news everybody was screaming blue murder about the gender pay gap. Gamecock January 7, 2018 at 1:34 am “Massachusetts ballot question removing the prohibition in the state constitution against different taxes for different Social Classes.” Egalitarianism is buried in the Arlington National Cemetery. So Much For Subtlety January 7, 2018 at 2:17 am I am sure that Macron and Merkel will make it a crime for neoliberals to use logic and numbers any time now. Napsjam January 7, 2018 at 9:25 am Spike, allowing variable rate income taxes is not the same as “different taxes for different social classes.” Income ain’t the same as wealth, and money ain’t the same as class. Nice to see The Hartford Courant is still a good newspaper. Chris Miller January 7, 2018 at 10:09 am The Courant article is a good one. But Connecticut (and other New England states) have the problem that for a large chunk of their population, changing state* means moving to the next town or adopting another route for the commute. This is not so much the case for (e.g.) California. * Although the article mentions moving to Florida. abacab January 7, 2018 at 10:54 am @Napsjam – Americans tend to use “class” to mean “income bracket”… Napsjam January 7, 2018 at 12:21 pm Abacab, I partly agree. They use money and class roughly interchangeably. But income still isn’t wealth. Anyway, it’s all OTT on the main point, which must be right. salamander January 7, 2018 at 12:57 pm At the end of the day supplying plastic bag and paper cups improves business as it means shoppers know that they can pop into a shop on spec and leave with some goods or a lukewarm cup of drink. There seems to be a tribe of people who want us either not to shop on spec or to always leave home with a shopping bag and a cup. You could charitably say that it is the government implementing laws encouraging the public to always be prepared (All very boy scouts). My real problem with this is how far is this going to go? First the plastic bags, now takeaway cups. What could possibly be next? So Much For Subtlety January 7, 2018 at 1:04 pm abacab – “Americans tend to use “class” to mean “income bracket”…” Trump may teach them the error of their ways. Pcar January 7, 2018 at 8:53 pm Make 2018 Fight Back Year Start campaigning using virtue-signalling to hit the green & health freaks where it hurts: Sugar tax on fruit & veg Guilt tax on Quinoa, Avocados etc as buying them deprives the poor and the starving children of the cheap staple food they eat – it’s their porridge/rice. Call them intolerant, bigots, fascists etc. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. 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