Skip to comments.Paying taxes is a pleasurable duty [Big BARF!!]
Posted on 06/14/2007 1:05:19 PM PDT by Islander7
Paying taxes feels good, say researchers.
The surprising discovery, based on brain scans, can also predict which people are most likely to donate cash to charity.
Bill Harbaugh at the University of Oregon in Eugene, US, and colleagues gave 19 female university students $100, and told them some of this money would have to go towards taxes.
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Harbaugh says that people probably like paying taxes more than they admit. He believes the results of his new study help explain the widespread compliance with tax laws. "We like to complain about it, but based on what we do, we are not as opposed to it as we like to say," Harbaugh says.
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Not when I’m paying for people who shouldn’t be here, it isn’t!!
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This is so stupid, they give them free money then tell them they have to give some back. Hand then a scrub brush and a bucket of soapy water and after a 10 hour day of cleaning floors see if they want to give back more of the WAGES that they earned. I bet it would show a big difference....
Ok, so you give someone $100 for nothing, and tell them they have to pay $20 in taxes, and then register their pleasure at clearing $80 at pleasure in paying taxes?
By that logic, lottery winners “like” paying taxes because they are smiling so much when they get that big check for 60% of their winnings.
You articulated it better than I did.
You made the point well also.
I guess this is what they mean by “Junk Science.”
These researchers have sand where their brains beling!
My kind of college date.
“Paying taxes feels good, say researchers”
....so does not paying taxes, say taxpayers
Lol...only an ivory tower geek could come up with this. Let’s see, where to start:
1) The girls are in college and didn’t work for the money — of course they didn’t mind giving some back. Wait until they get out and start paying 1/3 of their income (or 40% when you factor in other taxes) to the government. That’s right, Dorothy...the compensation you earn in January, February, March, April and part of May goes to Uncle Sam.
2) Most people comply with tax laws BECAUSE THEY DO NOT WANT TO GO TO JAIL. If you gave them a choice, pay some or keep all, I am just going to go out on a limb, and say most would KEEP ALL.
God, what an idiot!
I’d bet $10 that Roxanne Khamsi gets the FULL EIC, and takes the “My great great great grandarents were slaves” deduction/credit, too.
Well, maybe they did, but they're not reporting that part.
So maybe these 'scientists' are mistaken the STRESS RELIEF as one of PLEASURE??
I’d even have a small smile if I paid 10x more in taxes. In fact the more taxes I paid the bigger my smile would get. My wife would even have a bigger smile spending all that additional income.
I cite for example the clan of Ted Kennedy and when momma Kennedy died having lived in MASS ALL HER LIFE!
They managed to get her estate transferred into Florida and thereby avoiding the huge (60% I believe) estate taxes due on the inhertances worth many MILLIONS.
Meanwhile Ted Kennedy & his liberal ilk keeps stiffing everyone else becasue after all "being wealthy is due to exploitation of the working class" and "most be taken away for the common good".
Hehehe, that’s a way of looking at it I didn’t think of...
(...any bites yet?)
Bill Harbaugh, Associate Professor, UO Economics Department.
How many more hundreds you got to GIVE me? I'll pay taxes on that too.
This is a classic case of a man educated beyond his intelligence.
which, admittedly, would be a better public service than this guy.
Of course they didn’t mind paying the taxes - they never worked for the money.
What else would you expect from a professor from Pew-gene? They take any tack to try to get people to think there's something good about paying taxes.
they were GIVEN the money...they did not Earn it....that/s the diff.
The key work here is "gave". People tend to have a different attitude about money that they earn.
Let’s see how your subjects brain reacts if you made them work 10 hours @ $10.00/Hr and then tell them that they really worked for you for 2 or 4 hours and have to pay up.
this is an idiotic survey unles it is saying Republicans are the ones that enjoy giving away their money in taxes then it is a flawed survey. Why? Because Republicans give two to three times as much to charity than Libs do and thats a solid fact. Most liberals give no money to charity.
I love surveys because liberals can say anything they like.
“do you like giving your money away in taxes?”
“I love it, I also give away most of the other money I make to charity (lie)”
It’s my understanding the original tax on gasoline to be used for road improvements was truly a favorably accepted tax -
Hey, ok . . . those who feel good about paying taxes can pay mine . . and we’ll all feel better.
They are welcome to pay mine. I would forego the pleasure, just for them.
What libs will do to make us think that paying taxes is enjoyable! We all get to donate to their causes, by force, so we should feel so much better for it. Baloney.
There, fixed it.
Obvious flaws with study:
1. Sample size;
2. Gender bias;
3. Profession (or lack thereof) bias;
4. Age bias;
5. Money was gift, not income.
Anything else I’m missing?
I think that a more interesting study would be how people feel about taxes if they could direct the money to the pot of their choice. For instance, would I mind contributing if I could direct my $$$ to defense? No.
But do I dislike the fact that my money goes to a grant to study the mating habits of slower snails? Or to some "artist" that blows his nose on a tissue and demands a NEA grant? Forget them.
No, the brain scans showed relief and gratitude because their doors were not kicked in by the Gestapo, and their property was not entirely confiscated.
Another example of good data and bad interpretation.
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