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Mon Jan 28, 2013, 11:42 PM

The wealthy benefit more from government than do the poor. Exhibit A:

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Reply The wealthy benefit more from government than do the poor. Exhibit A: (Original post)
Scuba Jan 2013 OP
rhett o rick Jan 2013 #1
Pab Sungenis Jan 2013 #2
Scuba Jan 2013 #3
Pab Sungenis Jan 2013 #4
Scuba Jan 2013 #5
Egalitarian Thug Jan 2013 #6

Response to Scuba (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 12:44 AM

1. I am currently reading "The Irony of Democracy" by Thomas R. Dye.

In it he describes the Elite Theory as it applies to American government. Elitism puts forth that all societies are divided into the few who govern (elite) and the many that are governed (masses). The best that the masses can hope for is to scare the elite into throw us a bone.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 06:05 AM

2. Unfortunately

 

the Constitution specifically bans export tariffs.

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Response to Pab Sungenis (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 06:17 AM

3. There's plenty of ways to levy taxes.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 06:19 AM

4. But not all are constitutional.

 

Export tariffs are explicitly forbidden in Article I.

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Response to Pab Sungenis (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 06:22 AM

5. What's your point? Just raise the corporate income tax.

Would it perfectly mimic the cost of protecting trade (import AND export)? No, but no tax is perfectly fair.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 09:08 AM

6. It has been thus since the beginning of the nation. The slave trade, the railroads, oil, and so on.

 

The government was turned into an enforcer for the rich about 5 minutes after it was formed and it's gotten worse and worse ever since.

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