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.
Arthur Laffer wrote the Republican tax policy on a cloth napkin in D.C. restaurant on September 13, 1974. It read, "If you tax a product less results/ If you subsidize a product more results./ We've been taxing work, output and income and subsidizing non-work, leisure and unemployment./ The consequences are obvious!" with an image of the Laffer Curve in the middle."
There is a genius in simplicity. There are a hundred exceptions and qualifiers to this thought. Yet it remains an essential truth, and the focus should remain on that.
Assistant Village Idiot
San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle have huge homeless problems. Even after spending billions to fix the problem. The local governments have decided to increase spending on the homeless problem to "fix" it.
The opposing tax theory suffers from this fatal flaw: It assumes that people will produce equally regardless of how much of the product of their own labor they will be permitted to keep, particularly when they are disillusioned about the uses to which their confiscated wealth will be put.