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2/23/2013 5:59 PM
Posted by AlCheez on 2/23/2013 5:51:00 PM (view original):
Posted by MikeT23 on 2/23/2013 5:32:00 PM (view original):
It's a term that's used to deceive what it actually is.

Much like politicians saying they need to increase revenue.  The government collects revenue via taxes.   An increase in revenue for the government is an increase in taxes for it's citizens.   But no one wants to hear about a tax increase.
No, it's not.  The term marginal has meaning in economic contexts other than tax rates.  And in that context of tax rates, it applies whether they are going up or coming down.  Bush passed marginal tax decreases.  Our tax brackets are marginal, period - when you enter a new one, you only pay that rate for the amount above the line, you don't suddenly pay that rate on your entire income.
I'm aware of the meaning.  If I wasn't, I could look it up.  This is the internet and I assume everyone on it knows how to use a search engine.

My point is quite simple.   The terms used by our government when referring to taxes are used to deceive what they actually mean.   I can't use smaller words to explain what I'm attempting to convey.
2/23/2013 6:10 PM
In general, sure.  But this isn't like talking about increasing revenue instead of raising taxes.  Our tax rates are marginal.  What do you think they should call them?
2/23/2013 6:22 PM
This is ******* hilarious.
2/23/2013 6:27 PM
Posted by AlCheez on 2/23/2013 6:10:00 PM (view original):
In general, sure.  But this isn't like talking about increasing revenue instead of raising taxes.  Our tax rates are marginal.  What do you think they should call them?
Tax rates, tax increases.  Whichever is the actual truth. 
2/23/2013 6:29 PM
But the rates only apply to certain income brackets.
2/23/2013 6:30 PM
So it's a tax increase, right?
2/23/2013 6:37 PM
Sure but it's marginal because it only affects income over X. A 3% marginal increase may only be a half percent effective increase.
2/23/2013 6:56 PM
Posted by MikeT23 on 2/23/2013 5:59:00 PM (view original):
Posted by AlCheez on 2/23/2013 5:51:00 PM (view original):
Posted by MikeT23 on 2/23/2013 5:32:00 PM (view original):
It's a term that's used to deceive what it actually is.

Much like politicians saying they need to increase revenue.  The government collects revenue via taxes.   An increase in revenue for the government is an increase in taxes for it's citizens.   But no one wants to hear about a tax increase.
No, it's not.  The term marginal has meaning in economic contexts other than tax rates.  And in that context of tax rates, it applies whether they are going up or coming down.  Bush passed marginal tax decreases.  Our tax brackets are marginal, period - when you enter a new one, you only pay that rate for the amount above the line, you don't suddenly pay that rate on your entire income.
I'm aware of the meaning.  If I wasn't, I could look it up.  This is the internet and I assume everyone on it knows how to use a search engine.

My point is quite simple.   The terms used by our government when referring to taxes are used to deceive what they actually mean.   I can't use smaller words to explain what I'm attempting to convey.
"I'm aware of the meaning"


Yeah, now. After it was explained to you.

Look at him trying to play it off.

Hilarious is right.
2/23/2013 6:57 PM
The people it affects are paying more taxes, are they not?

If I'm paying more taxes today than I was yesterday on exactly the same income, I would call that a tax increase.

If I experienced said tax increase while my next door neighbor did not, I would probably not be particularly happy about "why me and not him?". 

It's easy to say "Yay for marginal tax rate increases!" when you're not the one being targeted.
2/23/2013 7:04 PM
Exactly.

"But it's a marginal tax rate for those making over 200k" sounds an awful lot like nothing if you're making 150k.
2/23/2013 7:14 PM (edited)
I'm not advocating any increase in taxes. I'm simply stating that a 3% marginal tax increase does not make Obama a socialist.
2/23/2013 7:15 PM
And I'm simply stating that using "marginal tax rate" is a good way to conceal. from the unwashed masses, that it's a tax increase. 
2/23/2013 7:53 PM
Posted by MikeT23 on 2/23/2013 7:15:00 PM (view original):
And I'm simply stating that using "marginal tax rate" is a good way to conceal. from the unwashed masses, that it's a tax increase. 
How is saying "3% marginal tax increase" concealing anything?

Unless "someone" doesn't understand what marginal means.
2/23/2013 8:15 PM
so we all agree then....that Eisenhower was an avowed socialist




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