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From: mauler@kuhub.cc.ukans.edu
Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology
Subject: Re: Some views on Scientology
Message-ID: <1991Jul30.201557.32438@kuhub.cc.ukans.edu>
Date: 30 Jul 91 20:15:56 CDT
References: <h+9lzll@rpi.edu> <17184@life.ai.mit.edu> <1991Jul24.140607.32251@kuhub.cc.ukans.edu> <1991Jul28.041938.12594@parc.xerox.com>
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In article <1991Jul28.041938.12594@parc.xerox.com>, lachman@parc.xerox.com (Hans Lachman) writes: > In article <1991Jul24.140607.32251@kuhub.cc.ukans.edu> mauler@kuhub.cc.ukans.edu writes:

>><SARCASM ON> >>Oh, yes, we can see the benefits of sales tax over income tax. Example: a poor >>person and a rich person both buy $1000 of items using a 5% sales tax as a >>standard. The poor person earns $10,000 a year; the rich person, $100,000 a >>year. They both pay the same tax: $50. However, the $50 to the poor man is >>1/200th of his total salary; the rich man pays only 1/2000th of his total >>salary. The rich man is getting the better share by a factor of ten (10), >>even though they both pay the same tax. >><SARCASM OFF (for now...)> >>Leo > > Surely you don't think a typical rich person and a typical poor person > both buy the same amount of taxable goods each year, do you? Or is > this part of your sarcasm? > > I'm in favor of a sales tax over income tax. If there's a problem with > poor people getting hit with too much tax, then we should redistribute > the tax burden by reducing or eliminating the sales tax on items that > are commonly in poor people's "basket of goods". You can argue over > how to fine tune the system, but fundamentally it is clearly a better > system that encourages productivity and discourages waste. > > Instead of dismissing the idea as unacceptable, why not try to see > what's good about it, and offer improvements in the areas you don't > like. It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. > > Sorry if this doesn't have much to do with Scientology. >

I see. Getting rich people to accept a luxury tax after repealing income tax. Sorry, but I don't think they'd go for it. They'd just use their already ludicrous resources to destroy the income tax, then use the sales tax to make even more money from the poor. I still don't buy it!

> Hans Lachman > lachman@arisia.xerox.com

Leo

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