[OT] Re: Mortgage
amb-plug at bradfords.org
Mon Sep 19 17:53:22 MDT 2005
Thus said "Jonathan Ellis" on Mon, 19 Sep 2005 16:28:52 PDT:
> I counted half a dozen straw men skimming just the first half.
Such as? This may not be the best argument against FairTax, but the
author clearly is against income tax altogether, especially that which
is withheld automatically because it hides the fact that the government
is actually taxing you. But you probably didn't bother reading his first
article (too radical possibly) referenced at the beginning, the last
paragraph of which states:
``There is, therefore, nothing short of dramatically rolling back income
tax rates (good) or eliminating the income tax altogether (better) that
will even begin to tame the federal leviathan.''
> I quit somewhere around his hysterical raving about baby sitters
> becoming tax collectors.
What's so hysterical about that? If the government found out that you
were making money as a baby sitter, do you think it would just turn away
and not make your customers pay tax on it? Or would there be some
professions that are exempt from requiring their patrons to pay taxes?
Today I went to a chocolate store and asked how much a particular
confection was. They said it was $2, which just happened to be the exact
amount of FRN that I have in my wallet. I asked them if that was pre-tax
and they affirmed that it was so, to which I asked, can you just sell me
the confection without the tax? They didn't answer and smirked at me. I
walked out. They lost my sale. Is this good for business? I guess it was
good for me because I didn't really need the extra calories... So maybe
the ``War on Obesity'' is actually working and my taxes that they took
for this cause are doing good..
> I'm not saying that fairtax is perfect, but quit swallowing whole
> everything you read on mises.org.
Swallowing whole? Would you rather I wrote about it at length instead of
referring to someone else's work that does the job properly for the most
part? Maybe my ``code reuse'' training doesn't apply to other fields...
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