Taxes, Ignorance and Greed: Why “Taxing the Rich” Dooms America

25 July 2015 AD
9 Av 5775

Discussing politics and finance on the 9th of Av seems apropos. Let’s start with a definition of ‘capital formation’.new new deal

Capital formation refers to net additions of capital stock such as equipment, buildings and other intermediate goods. A nation uses capital stock in combination with labour to provide services and produce goods; an increase in this capital stock is known as capital formation. Generally, the higher the capital formation of an economy, the faster an economy can grow its aggregate income. Increasing an economy’s capital stock also increases its capacity for production, which means an economy can produce more. Producing more goods and services can lead to an increase in national income levels.” – Investopedia: Capital formation defined

Generally speaking, socialists like Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are ignorant of economics and ignorant of history.

The Revenue Tax of 1935 was popularly called the “Soak the Rich” tax. President Franklin Roosevelt signed this bill into law. Regardless his charming fireside chats, his folksy ways and his ability to overcome polio, FDR transformed a short-term economic correction into a long-term economic depression. You can read text of the Act via this link:

The law increased personal income tax rate on the wealthiest of our fellow Americans to 75%.

The Great Depression started October 29, 1929 AD. Pushing ahead to 1935, we were drowning in debt. FDR, it is said, took a recession and converted it into a prolonged depression. Roosevelt’s New Deal was an expansion of federal government eclipsed only by enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare).

Read “How FDR Made the Depression Worse” from the Mises Institute

Capital is the means by which an economy increases its capacity for production. Increasing production entails hiring workers, paying taxes, exporting goods and services, etc. Robbing investors – capitalists – of earnings through excessive taxes leaves any economy unable to expand to meet the needs of an ever growing population.

Some among us promote “Fair Tax” and “Flat Tax”. Others promote “No Tax”. Well, too late for the latter. It appears to this writer popular sentiments are today as they were in 1935 as minimally skilled workers demand higher pay beyond the market value of their services and socialists like Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders promote even higher taxes.

God set in place a 50-year economic cycle that  will repeat itself, regardless the party in power. Bad news is we have to go through another depression. Good news is we will probably come out the other side ready to start the next 50-year cycle.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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