Skip to comments.Any evidence taxes stifle development
Posted on 11/25/2009 5:28:41 AM PST by The Louiswu
"Does anybody have any evidence (concrete example from a period of our history) that taxes stifle development? Just one??"
Saw this question posted on FB and was curious if there are concrete examples of taxes hurting development.
If there are I am sure someone on FR can help.
Rush moved out’a NYC.
For these kind of socialist versus free market ecomomic studies, go to Cato or the Heritage Foundation.
Depending on what you mean by “development”, I’d kick it right back....”Provide evidence that taxes encourage development”.
The bottom line is that taxes are a transfer of capital from the productive part of the economy (individuals/business) to the unproductive (government).
Why are jobs moving from the US overseas. Because our corporate tax structure says they should. Once again government is the problem not the solution.
Taxing cigarettes at confiscatory rates has been a huge cog in the decline of smoking in this country (whether that is good or bad is irrelevant to this discussion at this point). Those industries have had to diversify into everything from mincemeat to mayonnaise, while selling lotsa smokes in China.
Rule of thumb (two sided coin): IF YOU WANT MORE OF SOMETHING, SUBSIDIZE IT; IF YOU WANT LESS OF SOMETHING, TAX IT.
The End of Prosperity: How Higher Taxes Will Doom the Economy--If We Let It Happen (Paperback), by Arthur B. Laffer, Stephen Moore, and Peter Tanous.
Chock full of facts, figures, charts, and footnotes. And very readable.
Every taxpayer ought to read this book.
Use the great ‘luxury’ tax on boats from the 1990s as an example. They finally eliminated the tax on the rich to help the middle class. Bump, set, spike, game, set match.
They also might want to think about what JFK had to say on the subject:
But this is so insane it is unmanageable to discuss it with morons. The question is a bit like asking “do you have an actual example of gravity pulling objects toward each other? Just one.” Yes it really is that stupid.
Read Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell. He covers this topic extremely well.
The best and purest “example” of pro-growth tax-RATE reductions can be seen in the “Steiger Amendment” that actually got passed in the latter years of the Carter Administration. Bill Steiger was one of the great proponents of supply-side economics before Reagan came along and took up the cause. From a blog on the Steiger Amendment:
“Steigers belief that Republicans had a special obligation to ordinary Americans was the basis for the Congressional tax revolt he led against President Jimmy Carter. By the late 70s, the prosperity of the broad middle class was eroded by inflation, unemployment, rising Social Security payroll taxes and property taxes, tax bracket creep, and a stagnant stock market. Democratic tax relief programs had tended to benefit the very poor or special groups (such as the elderly), while only the rich could take advantage of tax loopholes. The Steiger Amendment of 1978 proposed to cut the capital gains tax in half, thereby encouraging widespread stock ownership, unfreezing capital for investment, and facilitating the growth of new companies and the jobs they would produce. (Steiger had been shocked when one California entrepreneur testified that he could find venture capital only in Japan.) Tax reform was an idea that appealed to millions of Americans who sensed that something was amiss with the nations economic and tax policies. Somewhat to Steigers surprise, he managed to gain enough Democratic support for his proposal that Carter was forced to sign off on a reduction of the capital gains tax rate from 49 to 28 percent.
The passage of the Steiger Amendment, according to former Wall Street Journal editor Robert Bartley, marked the moment when a decade of envy came to its close, and the search for a growth formula started in earnest. Supply-side economists credited the amendment with launching a venture capital boom that launched companies like Apple, Sun Microsystems, and FedEx. Steiger died before he could see his bill enacted and its results come to fruition. His last writings and interviews suggested that he would have attempted to account for how much of the increase in business startups could be attributed to the tax cut and how much to other factors, and would have tried to ensure that as much of the benefits as possible accrued to the middle class, particularly to minority-owned businesses.”
It took a few years for this to kick in and working in combination with Reagan’s tax cuts, we finally exited the malaise of the Carter years (August 1982 was the big turning point): the stock market took off; the economy took off; investment took off; 18 million jobs would be created in the 1980’s (around 25 million when you include the 1990’s which benefited from all of this growth and investment). It was the greatest period of economic growth since the 1920s... In large measure because of tax-RATE cuts.
And, incidentally, the CUT in the capital gains rate caused a huge increase in capital gains tax REVENUES to the government in the 1980s and when Clinton did it (pressed by the GOP congress) in the late 1990s. When you hear Clintonoids talk about how Clinton balanced the budget, be sure to remind them that it was capital gains tax revenues spurred by those RATE CUTS, that provided the most juice to closing the deficit at the end of the 1990s.
simple, luxury tax from the 70’s. Killed boat industry.
I have to second the Thomas Sowell recommendation. Basic Economics is a great book. Also when the liberals pull out the race card, I get giddy showing them the photo of the author who said all those “mean hateful bigoted things” :-)
See this thread:
BP, ConocoPhillips Reduce 2010 Spending Plans in Alaska
BP and ConocoPhillips have reduced their capital spending and developmental budgets for Alaska in 2010 because of higher costs to produce mature fields, disappointing exploratory results and the state’s new tax regime
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