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Seizing Your Money Is Good For You, Citizen: Where Else Would We Get Rainbows and Sunshine?

Yesterday I posted a ten-point critique of the claim that high marginal tax rates on “the rich” are a great idea, since they allegedly worked so well in the past. A reader shared my ten points with a left-liberal friend. I cannot restrain myself from replying to that friend’s criticism.

Be sure to read my original post.

My critic’s words are in italics.


Says the Left: We Were Rich and Awesome When Taxes Were Higher

John Kenneth Galbraith said in 1965 that there was no problem in New York that couldn’t be solved by doubling the city’s budget. By the 1970s the budget had been tripled, and the city’s budget crisis was worse than ever.

That embarrassing moment came to mind when I read this bit of nonsense circulating on the Internet: “In the 1950s and 1960s when the top tax rate was 70-92%, we laid the interstate system, built the Internet, put a man on the moon, defeated Communism, our education system was the envy of the world, our middle class thriving, our economy unparalleled. You want that back? Raise taxes on the rich.”

It is precisely this kind of inanity that Liberty Classroom was created to help people to answer — and not just answer, but smack down mercilessly.

We’ll pursue this topic further on our Forums, but a few preliminary thoughts here.

(1) Via loopholes or outright tax evasion, these tax rates were not paid. (UPDATE: See also this link.)


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