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Eat the Rich (Oh, you gotta read this)
April 13, 2011 | Walter E. Williams

Posted on 09/22/2011 1:22:25 PM PDT by Scythian

By Walter E. Williams (Archive) • Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I've often said that I wish there were some humane way to get rid of the rich. If you asked why, I'd answer that getting rid of the rich would save us from distraction by leftist hustlers promoting the politics of envy. Not having the rich to fret over might enable us to better focus our energies on what's in the best interest of the 99.99 percent of the rest of us. Let's look at some facts about the rich laid out by Bill Whittle citing statistics on his RealClearPolitics video "Eat the Rich."

This year, Congress will spend $3.7 trillion dollars. That turns out to be about $10 billion per day. Can we prey upon the rich to cough up the money? According to IRS statistics, roughly 2 percent of U.S. households have an income of $250,000 and above. By the way, $250,000 per year hardly qualifies one as being rich. It's not even yacht and Learjet money. All told, households earning $250,000 and above account for 25 percent, or $1.97 trillion, of the nearly $8 trillion of total household income. If Congress imposed a 100 percent tax, taking all earnings above $250,000 per year, it would yield the princely sum of $1.4 trillion. That would keep the government running for 141 days, but there's a problem because there are 224 more days left in the year.

How about corporate profits to fill the gap? Fortune 500 companies earn nearly $400 billion in profits. Since leftists think profits are little less than theft and greed, Congress might confiscate these ill-gotten gains so that they can be returned to their rightful owners. Taking corporate profits would keep the government running for another 40 days, but that along with confiscating all income above $250,000 would only get us to the end of June. Congress must search elsewhere.

According to Forbes 400, America has 400 billionaires with a combined net worth of $1.3 trillion. Congress could confiscate their stocks and bonds, and force them to sell their businesses, yachts, airplanes, mansions and jewelry. The problem is that after fleecing the rich of their income and net worth, and the Fortune 500 corporations of their profits, it would only get us to mid-August. The fact of the matter is there are not enough rich people to come anywhere close to satisfying Congress' voracious spending appetite. They're going to have to go after the non-rich.

But let's stick with the rich and ask a few questions. Politicians, news media people and leftists in general entertain what economists call a zero elasticity view of the world. That's just fancy economic jargon for a view that government can impose a tax and people will behave after the tax just as they behaved before the tax, and the only change is more government revenue. One example of that vision, at the state and local levels of government, is the disappointing results of confiscatory tobacco taxes. Confiscatory tobacco taxes have often led to less state and local revenue because those taxes encouraged smuggling.

Similarly, when government taxes profits, corporations report fewer profits and greater costs. When individuals face higher income taxes, they report less income, buy tax shelters and hide their money. It's not just rich people who try to avoid taxes, but all of us -- liberals, conservatives and libertarians.

What's the evidence? Federal tax collections have been between 15 and 20 percent of the nation's Gross Domestic Product every year since 1960. However, between 1960 and today, the top marginal tax rate has varied between 91 percent and 35 percent. That means whether taxes are high or low, people make adjustments in their economic behavior so as to keep the government tax take at 15 to 20 percent of the GDP. Differences in tax rates have a far greater impact on economic growth than federal revenues.


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1 posted on 09/22/2011 1:22:30 PM PDT by Scythian
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To: Scythian

Link?


2 posted on 09/22/2011 1:24:14 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (California: Making Texas more Conservative one voter at a time)
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To: freedumb2003

Here it is:

http://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2011/04/13/eat_the_rich/page/full/


3 posted on 09/22/2011 1:27:44 PM PDT by WoodlandsTXFreeper2
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To: Scythian

DUmmies would love to see the 100% tax on “the rich” and corporations.

They would never think about... who we tax next year?

We’d become North Korea rather quickly.


4 posted on 09/22/2011 1:28:54 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: freedumb2003
Link?

 

Here's a link.
 
Eat the Rich



5 posted on 09/22/2011 1:30:19 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS! This means liberals AND libertarians (same thing) NO LIBS!)
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To: Scythian

Why not Michael Moore? He’s well-marbled.


6 posted on 09/22/2011 1:30:39 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: Scythian

“Rich” is, of course, a relative term. As Pol Pot demonstrated, the most successful rice farmer on a village of rice farmers is rich and must be killed. “I’m so poor and he’s so rich, where is the justice in that?” Social justice and economic justice go hand in hand.


7 posted on 09/22/2011 1:31:45 PM PDT by JimSEA (The future ain't what it used to be.)
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To: Scythian

“That would keep the government running for 141 days, but there’s a problem because there are 224 more days left in the year.”

The average liberal doesn’t think much beyond TOMORROW, let alone 141 days out. This will be lost on them, since more than simple 2-5 word explanations are beyond thier attention span.


8 posted on 09/22/2011 1:31:53 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: RichInOC

Would require to much marinade?


9 posted on 09/22/2011 1:33:06 PM PDT by Leep
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To: Scythian

Yeah,this was posted when it was current, a few days before tax day. I remember because I love the way he broke it down.


10 posted on 09/22/2011 1:33:10 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Scythian

Harvest the politicians and democrats for body parts and most of our problems would be resolved.


11 posted on 09/22/2011 1:37:51 PM PDT by Gator113 (Palin 2012, period.....)
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To: Scythian

Just wow.


12 posted on 09/22/2011 1:38:05 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: Scythian

BTTT.


13 posted on 09/22/2011 1:45:42 PM PDT by JusPasenThru (HEY UNION MEMBER: INVEST IN YOUR OWN DAMN INFRASTRUCTURE FOR A CHANGE!)
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To: Scythian; freedumb2003; WoodlandsTXFreeper2; GeronL; Responsibility2nd; RichInOC; JimSEA; tcrlaf; ..

This is excellent:

Tax-the-Rich
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JY8LKII_MNA


14 posted on 09/22/2011 1:50:17 PM PDT by donna (This is what happens when America is no longer a Christian nation.)
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To: donna

hahaha! I saw that video when I read the OP article! It is also excellent.


15 posted on 09/22/2011 1:53:43 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: GeronL

Do looters think about where they are going to get the wine a week after they burn down the liquor store?


16 posted on 09/22/2011 2:06:58 PM PDT by Vehmgericht
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To: cuban leaf

Remember that gym club ad in SF a few years ago: When the aliens get here, they will eat the fat ones first. Well, if the socialists continue on their wealth envy mania, they will eat the wealthy first and then move on to the main course...the middle classes.


17 posted on 09/22/2011 2:10:05 PM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: Scythian

I can think of no other illustration of how SPENDING is the problem and not lack of REVENUE.

But Zero pontificates, saying “It’s math.”

Rrrrrrrright.


18 posted on 09/22/2011 2:11:26 PM PDT by cld51860 (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: tcrlaf

The average liberal doesn’t think much beyond TOMORROW, let alone 141 days out.


Reminds me of congress including many of the Republicrats. Just a few months ago they told us they would pass a one time debt ceiling raise and take action to avoid having to do it again. Don’t look now.... we are at the debt ceiling again.

The true definition of stupidity and the best evidence that we might be fortunate to have the whole thing simply implode before it gets even worse.


19 posted on 09/22/2011 2:19:01 PM PDT by volunbeer (Keep the dope, we'll make the change in 2012!)
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To: Scythian

If the ‘rich’ were forced to sell their assets- jewelry-yachts-cars-mansions- Just WHOM would be the buyers??????


20 posted on 09/22/2011 2:31:08 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Scythian

BTT


21 posted on 09/22/2011 2:31:58 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: Scythian
Eat the rich? But only with the appropriate mustard. Or Tabasco sauce.
22 posted on 09/22/2011 2:45:29 PM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: ridesthemiles

“If the ‘rich’ were forced to sell their assets- jewelry-yachts-cars-mansions- Just WHOM would be the buyers??????”
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Good question, ain’t it funny how some people never get smart enough to ask it?


23 posted on 09/22/2011 5:08:38 PM PDT by RipSawyer (Trying to reason with a liberal is like teaching algebra to a tomcat.)
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To: Scythian
EAT THE RICH?

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24 posted on 09/22/2011 5:50:56 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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