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Comment Re:Libertarian here.. (Score 1) 592

"Well, the general idea is that you keep the tax rates the same..."

You might want to toy with the numbers available to see if anything like this scheme could accomplish the Keynesian (?) goal of budgetary surplus during non-recession times (to pay down/back the debts accured during past recessions), to see what kind of actual tax rates this would require. I would not be shocked if it resulted in mathematically impossible, let alone economically intolerable ones.

"The basic idea is that you set pay scales for the 'federal job program'(FJP) at sufficiently below market that they want private work"

That sounds like work-for-welfare.

Comment Re:Libertarian here.. (Score 1) 592

Thank you for your answers.

"the 'spending cuts' I'd make during a boom time is that federal type ... infrastructure would slow down. I'd also slow down military ..."

Would only that, plus tolerable tax increases, conceivably be sufficient to put the feds into a budget surplus -- without choking a presumed economic boom into a recession? Are you aware of any CBO or whatnot war-gaming of this?

Comment Re:Libertarian here.. (Score 1) 592

"I think that the government should shift between deficit spending and a surplus in counterpoint to the private economy"

For how many years during the last century, did such a "counterpoint" policy actually result in a surplus? What government spending cuts would you agitate for over the next 10-20 years, to get a surplus budget, in non-recession times? Do you believe we are currently in a recession? (Are you a Keynesian only during recessions?)

Comment Re:Tax avoidance (Score 1) 592

"If my taxes jump to 40%, but in exchange health care an all education was free I would be fine with that becasue it has value to myself, and more importantly, society as a whole."

How do you figure such math could possibly work? An extra 20% of your income that you can't spend on your own education/health care, but the government would spend on you *and society as a whole*? How can you come out materially ahead?

Comment Re:Tax avoidance (Score 1) 592

They do talk a good game. The "patriotic millionaires" were so patriotic about wanting to pay extra taxes, that all of their voluntary contributions, plus that of every other US taxpayer with similar inclination, is coming to apprx. $3 million for the whole year. Pretend-crediting that amount solely to the ~200 self-identified "members", that's $15000 of generosity per patriotic millionaire. Gee, thanks a lot, guys.

Comment Re:Tax avoidance (Score 1) 592

There's this risk in bringing in terms like "immoral and unjust" into any discussion of taxation. It is way too easy for someone else to argue the opposite position upon the same basis.

If you bring in value-for-money arguments like insurance, OK, but then you also ignite the ire of those who point out to what extent governments perform wealth-transfer, where the value of government to some class of entities is net highly negative -- quite possibly immoral and unjust.

Comment Re:Tax avoidance (Score 1) 592

"And some folks believe they should get a lot while giving very little."

Righto. So what it sounds like you're proposing is a cost-benefit balance for taxpayers-vs-government, so basically people get back in some sort of essential service just as much as they paid in.

Am I receiving your implication clearly?

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