[FoRK] A plea for the death tax

Lucas Gonze lucas.gonze at gmail.com
Sat Feb 21 17:23:45 PST 2009


Frakking brilliant.  From now on I am going to reuse this idea and
tell people I made it up.

On Sat, Feb 21, 2009 at 2:05 PM, Russell Turpin
<russell.turpin at gmail.com> wrote:
> It has become a shibboleth among the right wing that the death tax is
> the worst of all taxes. As with almost everything else, their views on
> this are quite topsy-turvy. Just after I die strikes me as the one
> time I wouldn't suffer much from preparing and paying tax. March is
> the month that I think we should trade the income tax entirely for a
> death tax. Even if it would have to be at an onerous rate to achieve
> revenue neutrality. Let me prosper while I live, and not worry about
> 1099s. And then when I'm dead, the government can have its due. I
> wouldn't get penalized for living in a fashion that my income varies
> wildly from year to year. There's none of the problem of figuring
> which expenditures are deductible -- whatever is left is left. And
> those who owe me money will get a kinder and gentler creditor.
>
> Then there are the economic benefits. People respond to incentives. A
> penalty on death will cause people to figure out ways to live longer.
> If the only certainties are death and taxes, what better way to
> minimize their effect that to set them against each other?
>
> ;-)
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