Showing posts with label rich. Show all posts
Showing posts with label rich. Show all posts

Cynthia V. Ward: Fairness And Freedom

Fairness is a value judgment. In the fight over taxing the rich, those with good values are losing the judgment. They are losing because they have failed to name, and defend, the moral right which ought to define fairness toward all taxpayers: the right to own and to keep the wealth you create. President Obama proudly articulates the moral case for    ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: Taxing The Poor

How the poor are made to pay. With all the talk about taxing the rich, we hear very little talk about taxing the poor. Yet the marginal tax rate on someone living in poverty can sometimes be higher than the marginal tax rate on millionaires. While it is true that nearly half the households in the country pay no income tax at all, the      ... MORE

Despite New Taxes, California's Revenues Are In Freefall

The rich are voting with their feet. California State Controller John Chiang has announced that total state revenue for the month of November 2012 fell $806.8 million, or 10.8%, below budget. Democrats thought they could hammer “the rich” by convincing voters to pass Proposition 30 to create the highest state income tax in the nation. But it now    ... MORE

Thomas Sowell - Fiscal Cliff Notes - Part II

Anything to expand the size and scope of government. One of the big advantages that President Obama has, as he plays "chicken" with the Congressional Republicans along the "fiscal cliff," is that Obama is a master of the plausible lie, which will never be exposed by the mainstream media-- nor, apparently, by the Republicans. A key lie that      ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: Fiscal Cliff Notes

Like a laser cutting through fog.     Amid all the political and media hoopla about the “fiscal cliff” crisis, there are a few facts that are worth noting. First of all, despite all the melodrama about raising taxes on “the rich,” even if that is done, it will scarcely make a dent in the government’s financial problems. Raising the tax rates on everybody in the    ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: Nice Losers

Mitt Romney now joins the long list   of the kinds of presidential candidates favored by the Republican establishment -- nice, moderate losers, people with no coherently articulated vision, despite how many ad hoc talking points they may have. The list of Republican presidential candidates like this goes back at least as far as 1948, when     ... MORE

Walter E Williams: Trickle Down And Tax Cuts

Tickle down demagoguery from the left.    Dr. Thomas Sowell's "'Trickle Down Theory' and 'Tax Cuts for the Rich'" has just been published by the Hoover Institution. Having read this short paper, the conclusion you must reach is that the term "trickle down theory" is simply a tool of charlatans and political hustlers. Sowell states that "no such    ... MORE

Walter E Williams: Trickle Down And Tax Cuts

"Tax cuts for the rich" rhetoric works on the gullible.   Dr. Thomas Sowell's "'Trickle Down Theory' and 'Tax Cuts for the Rich'" has just been published by the Hoover Institution. Having read this short paper, the conclusion you must reach is that the term "trickle down theory" is simply a tool of charlatans and political hustlers. Sowell states   ... MORE

David Henderson: Getting Rich In America

Eight simple rules.     Sometimes, when the person beside me on an airplane finds out that I'm an economist, he/she will ask, "What's going to happen to the economy?" I answer, "I don't know." If the person is somewhat more sophisticated, he will ask "What's going to happen to interest rates?" I used to answer, "I don't know." I now answer:    ... MORE

The Top 20% Paid 94.1% of Income Taxes in 2009

This chart is based on data in the recently-released CBO report "Distribution of Household Income and Federal Taxes, 2008 and 2009," showing the share of federal income taxes paid by income group in 2009.  In 2009, almost all (94.1%) federal income taxes collected were paid by just one-fifth of Americans (top quintile) and the top 1% paid almost 39% of all taxes collected.  In contrast, the lowest and second quintiles were net "tax collectors" because that 40% of Americans received more in        ... MORE

Jeffrey Tucker: A New Way To Soak The Rich

Incentives for voluntary redistribution. You might have noticed that lots of people are really down on the so-called 1%. It drives many people, especially politicians, absolutely bonkers that there are lots of people out there sitting on millions, billions. Populists imagine that these people do nothing but hoard and count and let out menacing   ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: A Book For Republicans

Class warfare: good politics and bad government.   Democrats have been having a field day with the cry of "tax cuts for the rich" — for which Republicans seem to have no reply. This is especially surprising, because Democrats made the same arguments back in the 1920s, and the Republicans then not only had a reply, but one that eventually carried the day  ... MORE

Bill O'Reilly: Hating The Rich

My late father was a man of strong opinion. He despised phonies, cowards and liars. He named names -- sometimes in very close proximity to those being singled out. A veteran of World War II, he recognized a weasel when he saw one. But my dad never denigrated rich people in general. We lived in Levittown, N.Y., where everybody had pretty much the  ... MORE

Katie Kieffer: How Bill Gates Rips Off Babies

Stealing from babies is easy and low. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates makes himself feel powerful while negligently ripping off babies. I am a capitalist. I defend entrepreneurs. However, I think young people and their parents should know that Gates is a sham entrepreneur. Gates openly uses his wealth and influence to push policies that will make entrepreneurial ... MORE

Walter E. Williams: America's Two-Faced Liberals

Behind the facade. President Barack Obama and Wall Street occupiers, along with their allies in the mainstream media and on college campuses, have maintained an ongoing attack on high-income earners, people they call 1 percenters. Listening to their deceitful demagoguery, you would naturally think of them as 99 percenters, but you'd be dead-wrong. Last week, ... MORE

Shikha Dalmia: Obama's Taxing Psychology

Obama needs the Gandhi Rule, not the Buffett Rule. President Obama has been on the stump condemning Senate Republicans for the defeat of the so-called Buffett Rule, his plan to make high-earning Americans pay at least 30 percent of their income in taxes. The naysayers, Obama thunders, chose “once again to protect tax breaks for the wealthiest ... MORE

Shikha Dalmia: Forget About Income Inequality

It's economic opportunities that will help the poor. Reading David Grusky’s essay is a strange experience: with the wrong diagnosis, he gets half of the right cure. Grusky maintains that the central problem confronting America is income inequality. He argues that the root cause of this malady lies in how rich people acquire their pre-tax income—by rigging the ... MORE