Thursday, December 9, 2010

Let's Go To Dinner.......My Treat

“Understanding Tax Cuts” by: David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D
Sometimes politicians, journalists and the liberal left exclaim; It’s just a tax cut for the rich!” and it is just accepted to be fact, But what does that really mean? Just in case you are not completely  clear on this issue, I hope the following will help.
Let’s put tax cuts in terms everyone can understand, Suppose that every day, ten men go out for dinner 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 ate dinner in the restaurant every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until 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 meal by $20.” Dinner for the ten 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 eat for free. But what about the other six men, the paying customers? 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 eat their meal. So, the restaurant 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 paid $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).

    To be Continued.......................

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the tax lesson, Lady Di. I reposted it on my blog and to FaceBook.


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