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Old 11-14-2012, 09:19 AM  
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Mitt Romney Economic Adviser Calls For Raising Taxes On The Rich, Contradicting Entir

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Old 11-14-2012, 09:41 AM   #2
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Errr, I thought that Romney was against raising marginal rates. So is this guy.

If so, where's the gotcha?
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:42 AM   #3
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I think you misunderstood that article. He was calling for the same kind of thing that Mitt Romney campaigned on. WRT taxes, he's arguing that increased tax revenue should come from limiting deductions (on higher income taxpayers) not from raising marginal rates.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:51 AM   #4
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That was reading comprehension fail on an epic scale.

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Old 11-14-2012, 09:51 AM   #5
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I guess that I don't see a significant difference. Either way you're pulling the revenue from the top earners.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:53 AM   #6
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I guess that I don't see a significant difference. Either way you're pulling the revenue from the top earners.
that is not possible. in here.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:54 AM   #7
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I guess that I don't see a significant difference. Either way you're pulling the revenue from the top earners.
Your lack of understanding of the difference is both appalling and unsurprising.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:58 AM   #8
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Your lack of understanding of the difference is both appalling and unsurprising.
That's a bit over the top.

Do I have a track record of dumbassery?

Based on discussions with my FIL I've been told that raising the rates on top earners is socialism but taking additional revenue from top earners via limiting deductions isn't. I'm not arguing that one should be done over the other. It just seems like everyone is ****ing the same chicken but calling it something different.

Help me to understand the difference.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:08 AM   #9
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I guess that I don't see a significant difference. Either way you're pulling the revenue from the top earners.
The guy who wrote the article explained why he (and Mitt Romney and the Bowles-Simpson commission) believe there is a difference. It's not a comprehensive explanation, but it covers the basic concept.

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First, raising revenue is about raising average tax rates, not marginal tax rates, as Barack Obama’s campaign suggested. Higher marginal tax rates distort behaviour and reduce activity. There are ways to raise revenue without increasing marginal rates. Tax deductions should be scaled back, especially in the areas of mortgage interest, charitable giving and employer-provided health insurance.
The truth is that reducing deductions can distort behavior (is this guy British?) too, but higher marginal rates are like multipliers that make all distortions bigger.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:12 AM   #10
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The guy who wrote the article explained why he (and Mitt Romney and the Bowles-Simpson commission) believe there is a difference. It's not a comprehensive explanation, but it covers the basic concept.

The truth is that reducing deductions can distort behavior (is this guy British?) too, but higher marginal rates are like multipliers that make all distortions bigger.
I saw that but it just didn't connect with me. Not that I need to understand it. Either approach makes sense IMO.

I just found it odd that one approach is socialism while the other isn't. In both scenarios the wealthy are playing by a different set of rules.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:20 AM   #11
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I saw that but it just didn't connect with me. Not that I need to understand it. Either approach makes sense IMO.

I just found it odd that one approach is socialism while the other isn't. In both scenarios the wealthy are playing by a different set of rules.
No, you're right to question that. Both are moves toward socialism, IMO, and are a testament to the success of the left's class warfare of the past few years. One is better for everyone economically, though. The other one gives a greater impression of sticking it to the man.

Here are two of my thoughts:

1. I don't like that we're only targeting higher income groups for increased revenue. I think the pain/sacrifice should be across the board, just like Bush's tax cuts were across the board. (There's far more revenue available through modest tax changes from the bottom 95% than there is from dramatic tax changes applied to the top 5%).

2. I fear that if the approach recommended in this article is adopted, democrats will just come along in a few years trying to increase marginal rates on the higher income groups on top of this revenue increase just because they'll still be able to demagogue the highly-visible marginal rate issue.
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I also believe that a shared sacrifice is necessary to solve the problem.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:24 AM   #13
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No, you're right to question that. Both are moves toward socialism, IMO, and are a testament to the success of the left's class warfare of the past few years. One is better for everyone economically, though. The other one gives a greater impression of sticking it to the man.

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Old 11-14-2012, 10:29 AM   #14
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:33 AM   #15
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I also believe that a shared sacrifice is necessary to solve the problem.
I agree, too. That was the concept of "broadening the tax base" touted by Paul Ryan. The key, at least for me, though, is when should the tax base be broadened. I think there must be a time when it should be broadened, but I'm not sure when it should take place. Right now? In two years?

There are two key reasons for it must be. One is fiscal responsibility and generating revenue. The other is civic responsibility and a sense of togetherness.
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