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    Default The tax system explained in beer

    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

    -- 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, until one day, the owner threw them a curve ball. "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 men would now cost just $80.

    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. But what
    about the other six men ? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that
    everyone 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 a higher percentage the poorer he was, to follow the principle of the tax
    system they had been using, and he proceeded to work out the amounts he
    suggested that each should now pay.

    -- the fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% saving)
    -- the sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% saving)
    -- the seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% saving)
    -- the eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% saving)
    -- the ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% saving)
    -- the tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% saving)

    Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to
    drink for free. But, once outside the bar, the men began to compare their

    "I only got a dollar out of the $20 saving," 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 benefit than me!"

    "That's true!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $10 back, when I
    got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!"

    "Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison, "we didn't get
    anything at all. This new tax 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 their 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 government ministers, is how our
    tax system works. The people who already pay the highest taxes will
    naturally get the most benefit from a tax reduction. 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

    David R. Kamerschen , Ph .D. Professor of Economics.

    For those who understand, no explanation is needed.
    For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.

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    Oldie but goodie. It says it all. Now if the liberals would only understand this simplified version of reality.


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    wait , the poorest who paid nothing, didn't their earned? beer credit .

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