Originally Posted by patteeu
We've tried radical equality before too.
So after all of that, you completely missed the point of my "theory". It's really math, more than theory. If you're poor and you want to move up in terms of class, how do you do it? You have to have more income. Progressive income tax schemes will tax that additional income harder than a flatter income tax scheme will. Which guy is going to be more upwardly mobile? The guy whose additional income is getting diverted to the state or the guy whose additional income is going to his pocket? The answer is pretty obvious.
Your sense of fairness (which I don't agree with, btw) doesn't trump math.
What radical equality have we tried before?
A progressive tax rate does not hamper someone wanting to make more money because, gasp, even after tax the individual is still making more money. If you make 50,000 dollars one year and a million the next, even though you pay a high tax rate a portion of that income(i'm not sure on the cut offs) you still net a lot more money than the guy who only made fifty thousand.
Are you really making a toddlers argument that if you can't have all you don't want any?
Would you think its fair if you paid the exact same entrance fee for a service as everyone else, but some people benefit more, others less?
Or, is it fair if a person benefits the most from a service, their rate of pay should be proportional to that?