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NYT editorial board member writes op-ed saying everyone's income taxes should be available to public
American Thinker ^ | 04/15/2019 | Thomas Lifson

Posted on 04/15/2019 8:21:12 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The very concept of privacy seems to be under attack (except, of course, as a justification for abortion, as laid out in Roe v. Wade — that is considered sacrosanct by the Left, including academia and the media).

Now, from a member of the New York Times editorial board, comes the suggestion that not just President Trump's but your and my income tax records should be publicly available.  I'm not kidding.  Binyamin Applebaum wrote in the Sunday edition — the one with the biggest readership:

… disclosure could help to ensure that people pay a fair share of taxes.  Americans underpay their taxes by more than $450 billion each year, more than 10 percent of total federal revenue.  Publishing a list of millionaires who paid little or no taxes this year could significantly reduce the number of millionaires who pay little or no taxes next year.

In Norway, where tax records have been public since the founding of the modern state in 1814, a newspaper put the records online in 2001.  One study estimated that the records' greater availability caused a 3.1 percent increase in the reported incomes of self-employed Norwegians over the next three years, perhaps because they feared exposure.

Disclosure also could help to reduce disparities in income, as well as disparities in tax payments.  Inequality is easier to ignore in the absence of evidence.  In Finland, where tax data is published each year on Nov. 1 — jovially known as National Jealousy Day — people treat the information as a barometer of whether inequality is yawning too wide.


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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: incometax; newyorktimes; taxes
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1 posted on 04/15/2019 8:21:13 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Bad headline.


2 posted on 04/15/2019 8:22:51 AM PDT by TexasGator (Z1z)
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To: SeekAndFind

Idiots.


3 posted on 04/15/2019 8:23:01 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!)
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To: SeekAndFind

where is the yeah right girl gif when you need it? lol


4 posted on 04/15/2019 8:23:12 AM PDT by SteveH
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To: SeekAndFind

Yeah, because we would love to have what we make public.


5 posted on 04/15/2019 8:23:54 AM PDT by McGavin999 (Border security without a wall is like having a Ring doorbell without a door)
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To: SeekAndFind

NYT Board of Directors should force all NYT employees to post their income tax info online, or be fired.


6 posted on 04/15/2019 8:23:57 AM PDT by Stevenc131
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To: SeekAndFind

7 posted on 04/15/2019 8:26:04 AM PDT by SteveH
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But I like this better:

8 posted on 04/15/2019 8:26:30 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (look at Michigan, it will)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yeah. Let’s make the nyslimes and everyone associated with it go first. Idiots. Hahaha.


9 posted on 04/15/2019 8:26:33 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: SeekAndFind

We have a right to privacy according to the Bill of Rights.


10 posted on 04/15/2019 8:26:33 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: SeekAndFind

I thought the Supreme Court found a “Right to Privacy’ in the Constitution in Roe v Wade.


11 posted on 04/15/2019 8:28:34 AM PDT by anoldafvet
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To: Sacajaweau

So much for the 4th Amendment.


12 posted on 04/15/2019 8:28:55 AM PDT by Captain Compassion (I'm just sayin')
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To: SeekAndFind

That’s just their way of saying that you have no rights, that all rights come from the government, and the government can do what it wants with you and your money.

nyt = marxist publication.


13 posted on 04/15/2019 8:29:00 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Lying Media: willing and eager allies of the hate-America left.)
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To: SeekAndFind

There is no freedom without financial privacy.


14 posted on 04/15/2019 8:30:38 AM PDT by marron
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To: SeekAndFind

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized...............


15 posted on 04/15/2019 8:31:51 AM PDT by Red Badger (We are headed for a Civil War. It won't be nice like the last one....................)
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GMTA!.....................


16 posted on 04/15/2019 8:32:39 AM PDT by Red Badger (We are headed for a Civil War. It won't be nice like the last one....................)
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To: SeekAndFind

I was told when I was young “never tell anyone how much money you make.” Has served me well.

This proposal would be a disastrous invasion of privacy, but in the age of InstaFaceTwitGrams it seems that no one wants to keep anything personal anymore.


17 posted on 04/15/2019 8:32:45 AM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ve long been predicting this.

Nothing would benefit Leftists at the ballot box quite like unleashing a wave of insane jealousy across the country about what others are earning.

It would boost calls for redistribution, unions, and all other things that Leftists love. You already know Donald Trump is wealthy, your wrath would likely be focused by the guy sitting in the next cube who earns $5K more than you do.

Anyone who wanted to sue for age/sex/race/{insert grievance here} discrimination would have reams of new data to use in court.

It would do much to deconstruct society, which is another Leftist goal.


18 posted on 04/15/2019 8:32:54 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

Perhaps Republicans can introduce the transparency act; all tax returns are available for public examination as well as all reporter notes and sources. If the press believes that might be an infringement, they can explain to us why...


19 posted on 04/15/2019 8:33:23 AM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sheer insanity.


20 posted on 04/15/2019 8:33:45 AM PDT by Innovative
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