[FoRK] Weird... interesting.

HK Pang hkpang at gmail.com
Tue Apr 14 13:20:02 PDT 2009

I bet you haven't done other people's tax return!
I just finished mine and my parents (I do this everything for the past
20+ years).
Every year, I came up with all sort of legal ways to get nearly every
single dollar back for my parents.
At the same, my tax burden goes higher and higher every year. I'm no
way near rich, I'm just your typical IT guy.

I'm happy for my parents, they have a better retirement portfolio as
well as more disposable income. I, on the othe hand, often have accept
favors from them like free food and child care, etc out of neccessity.
And I have more years of educations than both of my parents combined.

There is definitely a real sense of injustice among the middle class.

Whining aside, I definitely _feel_ better if the tax is flat rate even
if salaries have to be adjusted acorss the broad to match the current
after-tax level.

On Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 3:07 PM, Bill Stoddard <wgstoddard at gmail.com> wrote:
> Jeff Bone wrote:
>> So I'm out on the road, pick up the USA Today this morning at the hotel
>> room door and am flipping through.  Somebody calling himself William "1
>> Individual" has taken out a full-page add detailing a series of fiscal and
>> governmental policy proposals and urging folks to call their Congressional
>> reps and Senators and support them.  Now, this smacks heavily of nutter, but
>> the proposals in general are for the most part pretty sound.
> This looks like a well funded 'stealth' advertising campaign for the flat
> tax.   One knee jerk response from flat tax advocates is that it's 'fair'.
>  I'm far from convinced that a flat tax is fair in any sense of the word.
>  It feels intuitively obvious to me that the wealthier members of society
> derive disproportionately more benefit from infrastructure (highways, roads,
> airports, air traffic control systems), government enforcement of commerce
> laws, government 'realpolitik' in support of capitalist agenda, etc. than
> the less wealthy (draw the line for what's considered 'wealthy' anywhere you
> want.. same hypothesis applies) .  So yes, a 'wealthy' person pays 'more' in
> absolute terms with a flat tax, but he's getting a much better return on his
> 'investment' in infrastructure.  So, a flat tax fails the 'fairness test' by
> the most basic principle of 'paying your fair share for services you consume
> and benefit you derive from those services'.    Fat tails and all that...
> comments?
> Bill
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