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    Default Our tax system explained in beer

    Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer, 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 drank in the bar 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 beer by $20. 'Drinks 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 drink 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 drink his beer. So, the bar 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 pay $5 nstead of $7 (28%savings). The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings). The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 ( 22% savings). The tenth ow paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

    Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to
    drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare
    their savings. 'I only got a dollar out of the $20,'declared the sixth man.
    He pointed to the tenth man,' but he got $10! '' Yeah, that's right,'
    exclaimed the fifth man. 'I only saved a dollar, too. It's unfair that he
    got ten times more than I! '' That's true!!' shouted the seventh man. 'Why
    should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks! 'Wait a minute,' yelled the first four men in unison. 'We didn't get
    anything at all. The system exploits the poor!

    'The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up. The next night the
    tenth man didn't show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers
    without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered
    something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!



    And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our 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 anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.
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    Default Re: Our tax system explained in beer



    this fits
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    Might want to try again with the pic...

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    Default Re: Our tax system explained in beer

    Why? It aint werkin?
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    Nope. It's probably stuck in your cache which is why you can see it and we can't.

    Don't forget, you've got a user photo album now!

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    OK, my bad!
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