You Don’t Know About Tax? Or You Complain About Rich People Benefiting From Tax Cut? So… Read

I was having lunch with one of my favorite friends last week – a very liberal college professor – and the conversation turned to the government’s recent round of tax cuts.

"I’m opposed to those tax cuts," the Professor declared, "because they benefit the rich.

The rich get much more money back than ordinary taxpayers like you and me and that’s not fair."

"But the rich pay more in the first place," I argued, "so it stands to reason they’d get more money back." I could tell that my friend was unimpressed by this meager argument. So I said to him, let’s put tax cuts in terms everyone can understand:

Suppose that every day 10 men go to a restaurant for dinner. The bill for all ten comes to $100.

If it was paid the way we pay our taxes:

The first four men paid nothing;

The fifth paid $1;

The sixth paid $3;

The seventh $7;

The eighth $12;

The ninth $18.

The tenth man (the richest) paid $59.

The 10 men ate dinner in the restaurant every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement until 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.

Now, dinner for the 10 only costs $80. The first four are unaffected. They still eat for free.

Can you figure out how to divide up the $20 savings among the remaining six so that everyone gets his fair share?

The men realize that $20 divided by 6 is $3.33, but if they subtract that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would end up being paid to eat their meal.

The restaurant owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same percentage, being sure to give each a break, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so now:

Along with the first four, the fifth man paid nothing,

The sixth pitched in $2,

The seventh paid $5,

The eighth paid $9,

The ninth paid $12,

Leaving the tenth man with a bill of $52 instead of $59.

Outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings, "I only got a dollar out of the $20," complained the sixth man, pointing to the tenth, "and he got $7!"

"Yeah, that’s right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a dollar,too.

It’s unfair that he got seven times more than me!"

"That’s true," shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $7 back when I got only $2?

The wealthy get all the breaks!"

"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men. "We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor."

Then, the nine men surrounded the tenth man (the richest one, paying the most) and beat him up.

The next night the richest man didn’t show up for dinner, so now the nine men sat down and ate without him.

But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something very important. They
were $52 short!

And now people and college professors, this is how the world’s tax system works.

The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction.

Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up at the table any more.

I got this story from Internet a while ago, but I don’t remember from where.

Anyway, the copyright belongs to who ever wrote it before.

But I really like it even though we could argue about the calculations (at the end).

The basic principle of efficiency is respected (how to cut the pie vs. the size of the pie).

Love it, and you?

🙂

 

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