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Bush Tax Cut. Interesting perspective

Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by get_nick, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. get_nick

    get_nick These snozzberries taste like snozzberries... VIP

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    Washington State
    Took a look at this, kinda interesting.

    Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten
    comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it
    would go something like this:
    The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
    The fifth would pay $1.
    The sixth would pay $3.
    The seventh would pay $7.
    The eighth would pay $12.
    The ninth would pay $18.
    The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.
    So, that's what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar
    every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement.
    One day, the owner threw them a curve. 'Since you are all such good
    customers, he said, 'I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20.
    Drinks for the ten now cost just $80. {i.e. - the Bush Tax Cut, expires 2010}
    The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so
    the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free.
    What happens to the other six men - the paying customers? How could they
    divide the $20 "windfall" {Bush Tax Cut} so that each would get his 'fair share?'
    They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that
    from everybody's share,then the fifth man and the sixth man would each
    end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it
    would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and
    he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay..
    And so:
    The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
    The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
    The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).
    The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
    The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
    The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).
    Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued
    to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to
    compare their savings.
    'I only got a dollar out of the $20,'declared the sixth man. He pointed
    to the tenth man,' but he got $10!'
    'Yeah, that's right,' exclaimed the fifth man. 'I only saved a
    dollar, too. It's unfair that he got ten times more than I!'
    'That's true!!' shouted the seventh man. 'Why should he get $10 back
    when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!'
    'Wait a minute,' yelled the first four men in unison. 'We didn't get
    anything at all. The system exploits the poor!'
    The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.
    The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks, so the nine
    sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the
    bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money
    between all of them for even half of the bill!
    And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how
    our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most
    benefit from a tax reduction {Bush Tax Cut}. Tax them too much, attack them
    for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might
    start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.
  2. DarkHand

    DarkHand Senior Member VIP

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    They forgot to add that the poorest guy is the one in the back room making the beer for minimum wage, and that the rich guy gets his entire bar bill given back to him by the bartender at the end of the year because he gives out free golf lessons.
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2008
  3. Briansol

    Briansol Admins Admin VIP

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  4. get_nick

    get_nick These snozzberries taste like snozzberries... VIP

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    Apr 21, 2003
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  5. Celerity

    Celerity Well-Known Member

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    Sep 11, 2003
    Awesome post. Not only does this show how perception is 9/10ths reality, but also how little sense Darkhand makes :)
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