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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 08:19 AM
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Matt Yglesias-Pity For The Rich


You can tell somethings happening in the economic policy debate when you start reading more things like AEIs Arthur Brooks explaining that it would simply be unfair to raise taxes on the rich. Harvard economics professor and former Council of Economics Advisor chairman Greg Mankiw has said the same thing. And of course Representative Paul Ryan is both a fan of Brooks and a fan of the works of Ayn Rand. Which is just to say that we used to have a debate in which the left said redistributive taxation might be a good idea and then the right replied that it might sound good, but actually the consequences would be bad. Lower taxes on the rich would lead to more growth and faster increase in incomes.

Now that idea seems to be so unsupportable that the talking point is switched. Its not that higher taxes on our Galtian Overlords would backfire and make us worse off. Its just that it would be immoral of us to ask them to pay more taxes even if doing so would, in fact, improve overall human welfare.

If that sounds remotely plausible to you, you might have a lucrative career ahead of you working as an apologist for said Galtian Overlords. If not, then congratulations for possessing a modicum of common sense.

http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/2011/04/pity-for-the-...
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notadmblnd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 08:21 AM
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1. Didn't anyone ever notify the rich? LIFE ISN'T FAIR!
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geckosfeet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 08:27 AM
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2. Whaaaaat?
'Its just that it would be immoral of us to ask them to pay more taxes even if doing so would, in fact, improve overall human welfare.'

It is immoral to act morally?

I would say that now I have heard it all, except that I am sure that there is an endless supply of stupid in the pipeline.
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