We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Government is an organism that tries to maximize its energy intake. It is, in effect, like all other organisms.
Read it. It's about the Romer-Laffer Curve, and how greedy governments can enslave you - almost to the point that you give up, but not quite. A successful work camp never works its inmates to death...unless they are too old or sick to be productive to the State.
Photo is a human tapeworm. They can be up to 35' long, and lay millions of eggs daily. They can be an effective aid to slow and manageable weight loss.
"The Netherlands and Sweden reduced taxes by 8.5% and 8.3% of GDP -- significant moves to the left along the Romer-Laffer Curve"
But as the curve suggests, this has not led to an increase in money in the economy. The reduced tax burden has been completely (and in many cases more than completely, iow, money was removed from the economy) soaked up by the government in increased tax income resulting from those lower tax rates.
IOW, reduction of the tax rate led to an increase in productivity (and thus an increase in the workload of citizens) without those citizens seeing any increase in their savings accounts or capacity to buy luxury goods as a result.
Instead increase in inflation (due to momentary increase in buying power) led to prices of necessities (such as food, clothing, and energy) going up which in turn led to more tax income for the government from both sales taxes and corporate taxes.
Of course this may be in part to blame on the accompanying economic downturn, which meant wage freezes as reduced international trade and problems on the financial markets led to companies having to reduce expenses.