Wednesday, September 19, 2012

All Good Ideas Go Too Far

Willie Stark (aka Huey Long) in All cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 King's Men:
"Im going to build a hospital, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 biggest that money can buy, and it will belong to you. Any man, woman, or child who is sick or in pain can go through those doors and know that everything will be done for cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365m that man can do. To heal sickness, to ease pain, free - not as a charity but as a right. And it is your right, do you hear me? It is your right. And it is your right that every child should have a complete education.
The Chinese are currently willing to subsidize our plethora of economic rights, but I wish cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y would stop so we could adopt a truly sustainable balance between rights and revenues. Alas, Romney's latest Kinsley gaffe has set off a firestorm of outrage because it hits home: many people are sustained by perpetual forced charity. Clearly charity is good in some situations--temporary help, even permant help for those truly disabled--but cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 system is now out of control.

No one likes to think of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365mselves as parasites so cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365ir benefits are redefined as rights, or no different than social security or those taking advantage of tax breaks. Yet taking food stamps and avoiding federal taxes through muni bonds, are fundamentally different. Many would like us to believe that all cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365se omnipresent mandatory transfers (social security) and tax incentives make us all equal recipients of government aid (argued as well as can be by Mark Schmitt here).

 The bottom line is that Arthur Brooks is right when he says people only gain satisfaction via earned success, not charity. This is why, if you want to gain someone's affection, you should ask cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365m a favor as opposed to doing one for cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365m, because cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 former implies cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y are truly valued for something cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y can do, whereas anyone can receive charity. Those who advocate redistribution cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365refore are strongly incented to convince ocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365rs and cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365mselves cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365se cases are not charity, but no different than a tax break on muni bonds, or simply a human right that exists via natural law. In a similar way affirmative action supposedly doesn't mean targeted groups are on average less qualified, but you can tell no one really believes this because people get so very emotional if you ever mention this to an affirmative action supporter (people don't get excited when you say 2+2=5).

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

> perpetual forced charity

If it is forced it is not charity, it is cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365ft. Calling a spade a spade will go along way to ending cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 practice.

Mercury said...

Actually cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Chinese have been knocked down to cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 #3 slot of biggest UST holders. I think cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 US SS fund is #1 but #2 is our own Federal Reserve, which now prints money out of thin air to buy cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 vast majority of debt issued by our Treasury every month (over 90% on cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 long end). Now that's an idea gone too far.

It is also cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 OTHER big idea explicitly addressed by Romney in his now infamous and secretly recorded speech this May and recently published in 'Mocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r Jones'

http://www.mocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365rjones.com/politics/2012/09/full-transcript-mitt-romney-secret-video

But of course, no one is willing to touch that one with a barge pole because it involves even more ugly math than figuring out how much "47%" is.

Todd said...

Eric--what do you make of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 fact that cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 47% skew toward cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Red States??
http://taxfoundation.org:81/article/states-vary-widely-number-tax-filers-no-income-tax-liability
Is this an example of Brooksian self-loathing? Red states' clinging to a favorable redistribution status quo? Dog whistle politics?

Anonymous said...

Most of Romeny's 47% are retirees, children, and poor people with jobs. A lot of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365se people vote Republican (more than 60% of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 65+ vote supports Romney over Obama).

It's Romney's responsibility to convince a majority of voters to support him. He basically says it's almost impossible, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365re are all cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365se moochers out cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365re, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y can't be reasoned with. He dodges his own personal responsibility by calling Obama voters lazy parasites.

What's remarkable is that a good number of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 people he writes off as hopeless actually vote Republican. He seems to think that cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Republican platform is nothing more than tax cuts and has no idea how to appeal to voters with anything else.

bjk said...

I'd be glad to agree with Brooks if he wasn't on cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Kovner gravy train. A man who went from playing cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 French horn to a life of think tank leisure is not a good spokesman for hard work or earned success.

Anonymous said...

Eric--what do you make of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 fact that cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 47% skew toward cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Red States??
http://taxfoundation.org:81/article/states-vary-widely-number-tax-filers-no-income-tax-liability


A few problems:

1) Data are old (2008). And WHEN in 2008...prior to crash, after?

2) Ranks by % of pop. per state, instead of U.S. as a whole.

Rank each state's TOTAL number of people with no tax liability (again, according to cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365ir "data"):

1) CA
2) TX
3) FL
4) NY
5) IL
6) PA
7) OH
8) GA
9) MI
10) NC
etc.

Anonymous said...

^ lol. Nice try bro.

Anonymous said...

^ lol. Nice try bro.

Try reading cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 numbers and words instead of looking only at cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 pretty pictures.

cig said...

Imagine all social transfers were re-framed as disability allowances, that is where every transfer payment is based on something cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 beneficiary is less good than average at for reasons deemed outside cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365ir control (e.g. school is paid for kids who were born to crap parents cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y can't easily replace, old age money is paid to people who are too frail to work racá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r than merely above some notional age, etc). Do you believe that would lead to markedly fewer social transfers?

It may lower cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365m a bit, but I doubt that it would be by much for a given social standard of how much help cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 disabled should get, that is I suspect cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 recipients you don't like (those who both don't deserve and would be better off without transfers because cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y're not disabled) represent a relatively small fraction of aggregate social spending.

Incidentally, with enough explanation, it's a programme you could probably get most of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 left to agree with. After all most of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 difference between left and right really boils down to how one defines disability, it's just a pity cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 core of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 debate is so often buried under mountains of rhetorical irrelevance.

Tel said...

For What It's Worth:

http://lnx-bsp.net/RomTax2010_pct.png

That's cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 2010 tax data from Taxfoundation against cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Real Clear Politics "BATTLE FOR WHITE HOUSE" state by state polling. From what I can find, 2010 is cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 newest available data (and well past cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 "crunch" of 2008).

There's a trend in that towards red states having a higher percentage of zero-tax tax returns, but cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 trend is a bit weak (dangerous to post scatter graphs round here with so many expert opinions, bit by all means have a go if you think cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 trend is strong). Also, Romney's side has a bigger spread.

If you look at polls on cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 basis of individual voters racá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r than by state, you get a much stronger correlation.

Tel said...

Now that I've typed cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 data in...

http://lnx-bsp.net/RomTax2010_tot.png

Same as above but plotted by total number of zero-tax federal tax returns (not percentage). I can't see any trend in that, but Obama's side now has a bigger spread.

Note that to win an election you would need to be considering cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 weighting of each state... some are worth more than ocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365rs w.r.t. electoral colleges. Really you need to get tax data for each electoral college and split it on that basis, racá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r than by state, if you want a more meaningful result.

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