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Paying taxes is a pleasurable duty [Big BARF!!]
New Scientist (VIA HotAir) ^ | June 14, 2007 | Roxanne Khamsi

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at newscientist.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: braindead; junkscience; liberals; taxes
"...The 10 subjects who showed the greatest brain activity in response to hypothetical taxes in the first part of the study later chose to donate money twice as often as the other nine subjects...

No word yet on whether the young ladies are in fact brain dead.
1 posted on 06/14/2007 1:05:22 PM PDT by Islander7
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To: Islander7

Not when I’m paying for people who shouldn’t be here, it isn’t!!

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2 posted on 06/14/2007 1:07:08 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Fred Thompson/John Bolton 2008)
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To: Islander7
Au contaire, things that are a duty are not a pleasure.... else they would not be a "duty".
3 posted on 06/14/2007 1:07:40 PM PDT by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: Islander7

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....


4 posted on 06/14/2007 1:07:58 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: Islander7
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.

All this means is that they have no problem paying taxes with other people's money.
5 posted on 06/14/2007 1:08:40 PM PDT by microgood
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To: Islander7

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.


6 posted on 06/14/2007 1:08:52 PM PDT by Larry Lucido (Duncan Hunter 2008 (or Fred Thompson if he ever makes up his mind))
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To: Abathar

You articulated it better than I did.


7 posted on 06/14/2007 1:09:42 PM PDT by Larry Lucido (Duncan Hunter 2008 (or Fred Thompson if he ever makes up his mind))
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To: Larry Lucido

You made the point well also.


8 posted on 06/14/2007 1:11:05 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: Islander7

I guess this is what they mean by “Junk Science.”


9 posted on 06/14/2007 1:11:49 PM PDT by Right Cal Gal (Remember Billy Dale!!!)
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To: Islander7

These researchers have sand where their brains beling!


10 posted on 06/14/2007 1:12:26 PM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: Islander7

My kind of college date.


11 posted on 06/14/2007 1:12:55 PM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: Islander7

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“Paying taxes feels good, say researchers”

....so does not paying taxes, say taxpayers


12 posted on 06/14/2007 1:13:08 PM PDT by sfvgto (is Marion Barry a democrat?)
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To: Islander7

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!


13 posted on 06/14/2007 1:13:13 PM PDT by Tulane
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To: Islander7
More research funded by the S&M Foundation: where pain and pleasure are confused.
14 posted on 06/14/2007 1:13:41 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Parker v. DC: the best court decision of the year.)
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To: Islander7

I’d bet $10 that Roxanne Khamsi gets the FULL EIC, and takes the “My great great great grandarents were slaves” deduction/credit, too.


15 posted on 06/14/2007 1:14:40 PM PDT by Clam Digger
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To: Tulane
The girls are in college and didn’t work for the money

Well, maybe they did, but they're not reporting that part.

16 posted on 06/14/2007 1:16:00 PM PDT by Alouette (Vicious Babushka)
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To: Islander7
If one feels bound over with the PRESSURE of paying taxes then quite naturally if one is able to pay it off then the STRESS is relieved.

So maybe these 'scientists' are mistaken the STRESS RELIEF as one of PLEASURE??

17 posted on 06/14/2007 1:16:52 PM PDT by prophetic
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To: Abathar

Ex-cell-ent...../Mr. Burns


18 posted on 06/14/2007 1:18:00 PM PDT by Eagle Eye (Pelosi Democrats agree with Al Queda more often than they agree with President Bush.)
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To: Islander7

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.


19 posted on 06/14/2007 1:18:37 PM PDT by ex-snook ("But above all things, truth beareth away the victory.")
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To: Islander7
and so of paying taxes are so PLEASURABLE then why arent these liberals paying the most instead of finding very creative & deceptive ways of not paying their due share??

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".

20 posted on 06/14/2007 1:22:36 PM PDT by prophetic
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To: ex-snook

Hehehe, that’s a way of looking at it I didn’t think of...


21 posted on 06/14/2007 1:23:04 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: Islander7
Heck - I like to make people feel good about themselves.
I'm willing to step up to the plate, and make the ultimate sacrifice and allow these researchers to pay my taxes - so they can increase the happy feelings in their brain - and I'll just suck it up ... having to take solace in the fact that I gave up this pleasurable activity for someone else's gain...
sigh...

(...any bites yet?)

22 posted on 06/14/2007 1:29:21 PM PDT by El Cid (Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon HIM while HE is near)
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To: Islander7
Bill Harbaugh at the University of Oregon

Figures.

23 posted on 06/14/2007 1:30:56 PM PDT by GOP_Raider (FReepmail me to join the FR Idaho Ping List.)
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To: Islander7

Bill Harbaugh, Associate Professor, UO Economics Department.


Well, at least he isn’t from the Sociology Department...


24 posted on 06/14/2007 1:31:57 PM PDT by crazyhorse691 (The faithful will keep their heads down, their powder dry and hammer at the enemies flanks.)
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To: Islander7
GIVE me a hundred dollars and I'll be more than happy to pay taxes on it.

How many more hundreds you got to GIVE me? I'll pay taxes on that too.

25 posted on 06/14/2007 1:33:23 PM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Islander7

This is a classic case of a man educated beyond his intelligence.


26 posted on 06/14/2007 1:33:32 PM PDT by chesley (Where's the omelet? -- Orwell)
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To: Islander7
yeah, and that's why i thoroughly enjoy going to the post office to see my tax dollars at work, while i wait in line in the heat (a poorly designed all glass p.o. facing the sun is at fault) for one guy (whose peers are laughing in the back room while 20 people wait in line in the lobby) who says he can't help you figure out how to use the scale in the lobby to weigh your package because if he DID, he might end up losing his job to the scale.

which, admittedly, would be a better public service than this guy.

27 posted on 06/14/2007 1:35:15 PM PDT by wildwood
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To: Islander7

Of course they didn’t mind paying the taxes - they never worked for the money.


28 posted on 06/14/2007 1:35:36 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh
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To: Islander7

More nuts.


29 posted on 06/14/2007 1:36:46 PM PDT by freekitty
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To: Islander7
Bill Harbaugh at the University of Oregon in Eugene, ...

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.

30 posted on 06/14/2007 1:37:13 PM PDT by LantzALot (Yes, itís my opinion. No, itís not humble.)
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To: Islander7

they were GIVEN the money...they did not Earn it....that/s the diff.


31 posted on 06/14/2007 1:38:01 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy (Hillary '08...Her Phoniness is Genuine!!!)
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To: Islander7
...gave 19 female university students $100, and told them some of this money would have to go towards taxes.

The key work here is "gave". People tend to have a different attitude about money that they earn.

32 posted on 06/14/2007 1:46:31 PM PDT by 3niner (War is one game where the home team always loses.)
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To: Islander7
http://harbaugh.uoregon.edu/


33 posted on 06/14/2007 1:50:48 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

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.


34 posted on 06/14/2007 1:52:56 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Islander7

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.

Surveyor
“do you like giving your money away in taxes?”
Liberal
“I love it, I also give away most of the other money I make to charity (lie)”


35 posted on 06/14/2007 1:58:49 PM PDT by sentis1
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To: Islander7
Well, New Scientist also reports that climate change is man-made, so whattaya expect?
36 posted on 06/14/2007 2:08:08 PM PDT by Constitutionalist Conservative (Global Warming Heretic -- http://agw-heretic.blogspot.com)
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To: Islander7

It’s my understanding the original tax on gasoline to be used for road improvements was truly a favorably accepted tax -


37 posted on 06/14/2007 2:10:16 PM PDT by Republicus2001
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To: Islander7

Hey, ok . . . those who feel good about paying taxes can pay mine . . and we’ll all feel better.


38 posted on 06/14/2007 2:10:37 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: Islander7

They are welcome to pay mine. I would forego the pleasure, just for them.


39 posted on 06/14/2007 2:14:47 PM PDT by donmeaker (You may not be interested in War but War is interested in you.)
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To: Alouette
Oh, so the pleasure might not have been from paying the taxes, but from "working for it"? (wink)

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.

40 posted on 06/14/2007 2:20:54 PM PDT by PatrickF4 ("The greatest dangers to liberty lurk...with men of zeal, well meaning, but without understanding.")
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To: Islander7
Paying taxes feels good, say tax-funded researchers.

There, fixed it.

41 posted on 06/14/2007 2:21:49 PM PDT by wbill
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To: Islander7

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?


42 posted on 06/14/2007 2:23:46 PM PDT by hc87
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To: Tulane
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.

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.

43 posted on 06/14/2007 2:27:43 PM PDT by wbill
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To: Islander7
Harbaugh says that people probably like paying taxes more than they admit.

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.

44 posted on 06/14/2007 2:50:30 PM PDT by Gorzaloon (Global Warming: A New Kind Of Scientology for the Rest Of Us.)
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To: Islander7
Idiots. People pay taxes because they are too stupid to know any better or they are scared of the government. What many do not realize is that if enough people refused to pay taxes...simultaneously...the government would be unable to collect.
45 posted on 06/14/2007 4:54:03 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Sic Semper Tyrannis ~ No Amnesty for Incumbents * WAHOO WA! ... UVA2009 * Fred Dalton Thompson 2008)
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