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Ricky C
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Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:45 am   



On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 11:14:00 PM UTC-4, Michael Terrell wrote:
Quote:
On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 9:40:59 PM UTC-4, Ricky C wrote:
On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 8:41:56 PM UTC-4, Michael Terrell wrote:
On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 6:46:10 PM UTC-4, Ricky C wrote:

Suggesting there is not much money left to tax ignores the fact that corporate tax rates were just lowered a couple of years ago. Undoing tax cuts instituted over the last few years would be a good start, no?


No. Corporations don't pay any 'Corporate Taxes' It is just a way to tax the end users without letting them know the Government has its hand in their pockets. Not only that, but the Corporations have to pay employees to do the Government's dirty work.

I like the way you side step the issue. What you fail to understand is that lowering corporate tax does not directly put any of it into your pockets. Companies price according to the supply/demand curve and lowering their taxes only serves to increase their profits.

They only lower their prices if there is more competition and their market share shrinks or they want to take market share from their competitors.... which may happen as a result of lower profits, but it's not automatic.

I would give you examples of cases to illustrate this, but you won't believe anything I write anyway so why bother?


Why do you bother even trying to troll? You really suck at it. First you bitch about Walmart selling imported crap, then you want even higher prices on Domestic products. Your Schizophrenia is showing.


You literally don't understand anything I say, do you? How is talking about how supply and demand works asking for higher prices on domestic goods?

I know I'm not trolling and I suspect you aren't actually trolling. You just don't have any idea of what we are talking about, so it looks much like trolling.

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Flyguy
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Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:45 am   



On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 3:46:10 PM UTC-7, Ricky C wrote:
Quote:
On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 6:21:24 PM UTC-4, Flyguy wrote:
On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 2:55:11 PM UTC-7, Ricky C wrote:
On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 4:05:00 PM UTC-4, bloggs.fre...@gmail.com wrote:
On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 1:30:38 PM UTC-4, whit3rd wrote:
On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 9:33:57 AM UTC-7, jla...@highlandsniptechnology.com wrote:

Congress is a pack of criminal idiots. They have been for decades.
They have got so used to spending that they take it for granted now.

Why isn't that all meaningless? Congress can tax (it'd be "extortion" by any
non-government entity) and spend, and (like every government) does so.

The power to do so is written into the Constitution (has been for centuries), by
which it IS granted to, and taken by, Congress.

I see no evidence of idiocy.

There's not that much left to tax. The misleaders have created the impression that the GDP is this huge reservoir of wealth they can tap into at will. But, it's not nearly as big as they make it out to be. For one thing, government spending is included in the GDP, as idiotic as that sounds. And it amounts to typically 20-25% of GDP in a "good" year. It may go into 30-35% territory in the corona era. The useless fools can't sustain an economy for more than 2-3 years before something crashes, which means it's a really flimsy operation. So the kind of tax hikes you're talking about will probably kill it for a long time, and do more harm than good.

Yes, it's a terrible system, really bad. It's just better than all the others.

--

Rick C.

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Increasing taxes MIGHT reduce the debt IF the extra tax revenue was used SOLELY to pay off debt. But this is not done - any new tax revenue is spent long before it is collected. Furthermore, we have already shifted the tax burden to the wealthy. The top 10% by income used to pay 50% of all federal taxes in 1980 - now it is up to 70%. A similar shift has occurred in the top 1% and top 5%. There simply is not that much money left to tax. How many more hours would YOU work if the government took more than half of it? The bottom line is that politicians get elected by spending our money, not by cutting programs.

What percentage of federal taxes were paid by the 10% income earners in 2015? Not sure "income" is even the right way to assess wealth. Most of the very wealthy don't have much income. They make money by capital gains which are not "income".

Suggesting there is not much money left to tax ignores the fact that corporate tax rates were just lowered a couple of years ago. Undoing tax cuts instituted over the last few years would be a good start, no?

We already have welfare for the poor. Do we really need it for the rich?

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News flash: income taxes are taxes assessed on INCOME. Heaven help us if they even enact a wealth tax (it didn't work in Europe). Wealth and income are not the same thing (people can, and do, spend all of their income, leaving no wealth in the aftermath). About 70% of all federal taxes were paid by the top 10% of earners in 2015.

Corporations don't pay any taxes: their CUSTOMERS do. ALL taxes paid by corporations are passed thru to us consumers thru higher prices.

No, undoing the tax cuts would HAMMER the economy, which is hanging on by a thread now. How many companies do you think will be posting profits in the next few quarters, anyhow?

I don't call paying 70% of ALL federal taxes welfare. That is just another liberal lie.

whit3rd
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Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:45 am   



On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 3:55:00 PM UTC-7, John Larkin wrote:
Quote:
On Mon, 27 Apr 2020 10:30:29 -0700 (PDT), whit3rd <whit3rd_at_gmail.com
wrote:

On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 9:33:57 AM UTC-7, jla...@highlandsniptechnology.com wrote:

Congress is a pack of criminal idiots. They have been for decades.
They have got so used to spending that they take it for granted now.

Why isn't that all meaningless?

Suppose, just for example, that China decides to sell bonds at 5%
interest. The US would have to pay 5% to refinance the national debt.


Do you automatically assume that 5% return in yuan-denominated bonds
are directly competitive with dollar-denominated bonds? I wouldn't.

Michael Terrell
Guest

Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:45 am   



On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 9:40:59 PM UTC-4, Ricky C wrote:
Quote:
On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 8:41:56 PM UTC-4, Michael Terrell wrote:
On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 6:46:10 PM UTC-4, Ricky C wrote:

Suggesting there is not much money left to tax ignores the fact that corporate tax rates were just lowered a couple of years ago. Undoing tax cuts instituted over the last few years would be a good start, no?


No. Corporations don't pay any 'Corporate Taxes' It is just a way to tax the end users without letting them know the Government has its hand in their pockets. Not only that, but the Corporations have to pay employees to do the Government's dirty work.

I like the way you side step the issue. What you fail to understand is that lowering corporate tax does not directly put any of it into your pockets. Companies price according to the supply/demand curve and lowering their taxes only serves to increase their profits.

They only lower their prices if there is more competition and their market share shrinks or they want to take market share from their competitors... which may happen as a result of lower profits, but it's not automatic.

I would give you examples of cases to illustrate this, but you won't believe anything I write anyway so why bother?


Why do you bother even trying to troll? You really suck at it. First you bitch about Walmart selling imported crap, then you want even higher prices on Domestic products. Your Schizophrenia is showing.

Flyguy
Guest

Tue Apr 28, 2020 5:45 am   



On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 8:41:31 PM UTC-7, Ricky C wrote:
Quote:
On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 11:23:06 PM UTC-4, Flyguy wrote:
On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 3:46:10 PM UTC-7, Ricky C wrote:
On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 6:21:24 PM UTC-4, Flyguy wrote:
On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 2:55:11 PM UTC-7, Ricky C wrote:
On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 4:05:00 PM UTC-4, bloggs.fre...@gmail.com wrote:
On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 1:30:38 PM UTC-4, whit3rd wrote:
On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 9:33:57 AM UTC-7, jla...@highlandsniptechnology.com wrote:

Congress is a pack of criminal idiots. They have been for decades.
They have got so used to spending that they take it for granted now.

Why isn't that all meaningless? Congress can tax (it'd be "extortion" by any
non-government entity) and spend, and (like every government) does so.

The power to do so is written into the Constitution (has been for centuries), by
which it IS granted to, and taken by, Congress.

I see no evidence of idiocy.

There's not that much left to tax. The misleaders have created the impression that the GDP is this huge reservoir of wealth they can tap into at will. But, it's not nearly as big as they make it out to be. For one thing, government spending is included in the GDP, as idiotic as that sounds. And it amounts to typically 20-25% of GDP in a "good" year. It may go into 30-35% territory in the corona era. The useless fools can't sustain an economy for more than 2-3 years before something crashes, which means it's a really flimsy operation. So the kind of tax hikes you're talking about will probably kill it for a long time, and do more harm than good.

Yes, it's a terrible system, really bad. It's just better than all the others.

--

Rick C.

-- Get 1,000 miles of free Supercharging
-- Tesla referral code - https://ts.la/richard11209

Increasing taxes MIGHT reduce the debt IF the extra tax revenue was used SOLELY to pay off debt. But this is not done - any new tax revenue is spent long before it is collected. Furthermore, we have already shifted the tax burden to the wealthy. The top 10% by income used to pay 50% of all federal taxes in 1980 - now it is up to 70%. A similar shift has occurred in the top 1% and top 5%. There simply is not that much money left to tax. How many more hours would YOU work if the government took more than half of it? The bottom line is that politicians get elected by spending our money, not by cutting programs.

What percentage of federal taxes were paid by the 10% income earners in 2015? Not sure "income" is even the right way to assess wealth. Most of the very wealthy don't have much income. They make money by capital gains which are not "income".

Suggesting there is not much money left to tax ignores the fact that corporate tax rates were just lowered a couple of years ago. Undoing tax cuts instituted over the last few years would be a good start, no?

We already have welfare for the poor. Do we really need it for the rich?

--

Rick C.

-+ Get 1,000 miles of free Supercharging
-+ Tesla referral code - https://ts.la/richard11209

News flash: income taxes are taxes assessed on INCOME. Heaven help us if they even enact a wealth tax (it didn't work in Europe). Wealth and income are not the same thing (people can, and do, spend all of their income, leaving no wealth in the aftermath). About 70% of all federal taxes were paid by the top 10% of earners in 2015.

Corporations don't pay any taxes: their CUSTOMERS do. ALL taxes paid by corporations are passed thru to us consumers thru higher prices.

No, undoing the tax cuts would HAMMER the economy, which is hanging on by a thread now. How many companies do you think will be posting profits in the next few quarters, anyhow?

I don't call paying 70% of ALL federal taxes welfare. That is just another liberal lie.

It's also a meaningless statistic. I just feel that taxes should be paid, dollar for dollar. Shouldn't matter if it is income or capital gains (which are taxed as part of the income tax). The really big money guys pays a lower tax rate than their secretaries... at least that is that Warren Buffet would have you believe. Is he lying?


It is sure as hell meaningful if you are the one paying the taxes. I don't set tax rates, Congress does. Capital gains taxes are actually double taxation because the income used to generate the capital gain has ALREADY been taxed at income tax rates. Nobel prize winner Milton Friedman thought that the correct capital gains tax rate was zero, but explained justification for a lower rate thus:
https://www.reddit.com/r/Economics/comments/kejuv/milton_friedman_on_the_treatment_of_capital_gains/
No, Buffett wasn't lying - he is a dyed in the wool liberal.

Quote:

The Trump tax cuts didn't do diddly for the economy. He claimed they would stimulate the economy and produce a surplus. Never happened. Now we already have a huge deficit before piling on the trillions being spent on propping up everyone during this pandemic.


Yup it did - we are presently generating record levels of tax revenue with outstanding economic results - until COVID hit and they shut the economy down. Deficits are the direct result of even higher spending by Congress.

Quote:

Yup, the wrong economic thinking at the wrong time. We just leaned into a left hook all thanks to Trump.


No, again the economy was setting all kinds of GOOD records with record unemployment and good income growth.

Quote:

The real irony was that Obama handed a pretty sweet economy to Trump when he left office. All Trump needed to do was not fuck it up.


The economy was limping along under Obama with the slowest growth out of a recession since the Great Depression (less than 1% in his last year).

Ricky C
Guest

Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:45 am   



On Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 12:14:29 AM UTC-4, Flyguy wrote:
Quote:
On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 8:41:31 PM UTC-7, Ricky C wrote:
On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 11:23:06 PM UTC-4, Flyguy wrote:
On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 3:46:10 PM UTC-7, Ricky C wrote:
On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 6:21:24 PM UTC-4, Flyguy wrote:
On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 2:55:11 PM UTC-7, Ricky C wrote:
On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 4:05:00 PM UTC-4, bloggs.fre...@gmail.com wrote:
On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 1:30:38 PM UTC-4, whit3rd wrote:
On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 9:33:57 AM UTC-7, jla...@highlandsniptechnology.com wrote:

Congress is a pack of criminal idiots. They have been for decades.
They have got so used to spending that they take it for granted now.

Why isn't that all meaningless? Congress can tax (it'd be "extortion" by any
non-government entity) and spend, and (like every government) does so.

The power to do so is written into the Constitution (has been for centuries), by
which it IS granted to, and taken by, Congress.

I see no evidence of idiocy.

There's not that much left to tax. The misleaders have created the impression that the GDP is this huge reservoir of wealth they can tap into at will. But, it's not nearly as big as they make it out to be. For one thing, government spending is included in the GDP, as idiotic as that sounds. And it amounts to typically 20-25% of GDP in a "good" year. It may go into 30-35% territory in the corona era. The useless fools can't sustain an economy for more than 2-3 years before something crashes, which means it's a really flimsy operation. So the kind of tax hikes you're talking about will probably kill it for a long time, and do more harm than good.

Yes, it's a terrible system, really bad. It's just better than all the others.

--

Rick C.

-- Get 1,000 miles of free Supercharging
-- Tesla referral code - https://ts.la/richard11209

Increasing taxes MIGHT reduce the debt IF the extra tax revenue was used SOLELY to pay off debt. But this is not done - any new tax revenue is spent long before it is collected. Furthermore, we have already shifted the tax burden to the wealthy. The top 10% by income used to pay 50% of all federal taxes in 1980 - now it is up to 70%. A similar shift has occurred in the top 1% and top 5%. There simply is not that much money left to tax. How many more hours would YOU work if the government took more than half of it? The bottom line is that politicians get elected by spending our money, not by cutting programs.

What percentage of federal taxes were paid by the 10% income earners in 2015? Not sure "income" is even the right way to assess wealth. Most of the very wealthy don't have much income. They make money by capital gains which are not "income".

Suggesting there is not much money left to tax ignores the fact that corporate tax rates were just lowered a couple of years ago. Undoing tax cuts instituted over the last few years would be a good start, no?

We already have welfare for the poor. Do we really need it for the rich?

--

Rick C.

-+ Get 1,000 miles of free Supercharging
-+ Tesla referral code - https://ts.la/richard11209

News flash: income taxes are taxes assessed on INCOME. Heaven help us if they even enact a wealth tax (it didn't work in Europe). Wealth and income are not the same thing (people can, and do, spend all of their income, leaving no wealth in the aftermath). About 70% of all federal taxes were paid by the top 10% of earners in 2015.

Corporations don't pay any taxes: their CUSTOMERS do. ALL taxes paid by corporations are passed thru to us consumers thru higher prices.

No, undoing the tax cuts would HAMMER the economy, which is hanging on by a thread now. How many companies do you think will be posting profits in the next few quarters, anyhow?

I don't call paying 70% of ALL federal taxes welfare. That is just another liberal lie.

It's also a meaningless statistic. I just feel that taxes should be paid, dollar for dollar. Shouldn't matter if it is income or capital gains (which are taxed as part of the income tax). The really big money guys pays a lower tax rate than their secretaries... at least that is that Warren Buffet would have you believe. Is he lying?

It is sure as hell meaningful if you are the one paying the taxes. I don't set tax rates, Congress does. Capital gains taxes are actually double taxation because the income used to generate the capital gain has ALREADY been taxed at income tax rates. Nobel prize winner Milton Friedman thought that the correct capital gains tax rate was zero, but explained justification for a lower rate thus:
https://www.reddit.com/r/Economics/comments/kejuv/milton_friedman_on_the_treatment_of_capital_gains/
No, Buffett wasn't lying - he is a dyed in the wool liberal.


It is meaningless because the top 10% are gaining a hugh share of the income. So it is inevitable they will pay more than 10% of the total taxes. The only way to have everyone pay the same share is to have a flat tax which no one wants.

Why does it matter if Buffett is a liberal or not??? He is stating a fact about taxes that IS relevant that the wealthy get taxed at lower rates because most of their income is capital gains. I suppose you are just deflecting from this fact.


Quote:
The Trump tax cuts didn't do diddly for the economy. He claimed they would stimulate the economy and produce a surplus. Never happened. Now we already have a huge deficit before piling on the trillions being spent on propping up everyone during this pandemic.

Yup it did - we are presently generating record levels of tax revenue with outstanding economic results - until COVID hit and they shut the economy down. Deficits are the direct result of even higher spending by Congress.


Like Buffett you didn't lie here, but unlike Buffett you distort the truth. Yes, every year Trump has been in office the tax revenue has increased and is at the highest levels. But that is exactly the same as nearly every year under nearly every President. Most of it is due to inflation and another portion is due to the inevitable economic growth that is part of any economy that isn't hurting. In other words, if your economy isn't growing (and therefore the tax revenue) you are failing.

The point is the growth under Trump has been no more than under other Presidents including Obama.

I like the way you want to blame the deficit on Congress. Congress passes bills, but Trump signs them into law. Trump signed the bills for spending just Congress passed the laws for tax cuts and Trump signed for that. If he doesn't approve, he doesn't sign. If he signed, he must have approved. Bottom line, either he gets both credit and blame or neither. Pick one.


Quote:
Yup, the wrong economic thinking at the wrong time. We just leaned into a left hook all thanks to Trump.

No, again the economy was setting all kinds of GOOD records with record unemployment and good income growth.


Again, Trump is the beneficiary of the previous administration's work digging us out of the 2006-7 real estate bubble collapse. Unemployment peaked near the end of 2009 and dropped steadily ever since. So even Trump wasn't able to screw it up. Wonderful.


Quote:
The real irony was that Obama handed a pretty sweet economy to Trump when he left office. All Trump needed to do was not fuck it up.

The economy was limping along under Obama with the slowest growth out of a recession since the Great Depression (less than 1% in his last year).


And yet it was doing great as it was handed to Trump after growing 33% under Obama. BTW, your 1% number is a lie according to World Bank.

You really do have a knack for distorting the truth.

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Tue Apr 28, 2020 5:45 pm   



On Mon, 27 Apr 2020 08:14:47 -0700 (PDT),
bloggs.fredbloggs.fred_at_gmail.com wrote:

Quote:
For fiscal year 2020, CBO's early look at the fiscal outlook shows the following:

The federal budget deficit is projected to be $3.7 trillion.

Federal debt held by the public is projected to be 101 percent of GDP by the end of the fiscal year.

To develop a preliminary view of the deficit and thus of federal borrowing, CBO took into account the estimated effects on the deficit of pandemic-related legislation enacted on March 4, March 18, March 27, and April 24. CBO made a rough assessment of the overall changes in federal spending and revenues resulting from the sharp deterioration in the economic outlook since January, when the agency issued its most recent complete economic forecast.

https://www.cbo.gov/publication/56335


This is more serious:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-52373888

Of course, this could be number-inflation-alarmism, just like the
prediction of 32 million C19 deaths in the US alone, but I fear not.

Maybe our lockdowns are not just wrecking our economy and saving some
first-world lives, but will kill hundreds of times as many poor
people. That's not unprecedented.


' His blunt warning:

"One way or another, the world will pay for this." '




--

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Science teaches us to doubt.

Claude Bernard

John Larkin
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Tue Apr 28, 2020 9:45 pm   



On Mon, 27 Apr 2020 19:46:46 -0700 (PDT), whit3rd <whit3rd_at_gmail.com>
wrote:

Quote:
On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 3:55:00 PM UTC-7, John Larkin wrote:
On Mon, 27 Apr 2020 10:30:29 -0700 (PDT), whit3rd <whit3rd_at_gmail.com
wrote:

On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 9:33:57 AM UTC-7, jla...@highlandsniptechnology.com wrote:

Congress is a pack of criminal idiots. They have been for decades.
They have got so used to spending that they take it for granted now.

Why isn't that all meaningless?

Suppose, just for example, that China decides to sell bonds at 5%
interest. The US would have to pay 5% to refinance the national debt.

Do you automatically assume that 5% return in yuan-denominated bonds
are directly competitive with dollar-denominated bonds? I wouldn't.


They could denominate in euros or roubles or something.

If anyone big decided to pay reasonable interest rates, the US could
be in trouble.

--

John Larkin Highland Technology, Inc
picosecond timing precision measurement

jlarkin att highlandtechnology dott com
http://www.highlandtechnology.com

Ricky C
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Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:45 pm   



On Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 3:45:54 PM UTC-4, John Larkin wrote:
Quote:
On Mon, 27 Apr 2020 19:46:46 -0700 (PDT), whit3rd <whit3rd_at_gmail.com
wrote:

On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 3:55:00 PM UTC-7, John Larkin wrote:
On Mon, 27 Apr 2020 10:30:29 -0700 (PDT), whit3rd <whit3rd_at_gmail.com
wrote:

On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 9:33:57 AM UTC-7, jla...@highlandsniptechnology.com wrote:

Congress is a pack of criminal idiots. They have been for decades.
They have got so used to spending that they take it for granted now.

Why isn't that all meaningless?

Suppose, just for example, that China decides to sell bonds at 5%
interest. The US would have to pay 5% to refinance the national debt.

Do you automatically assume that 5% return in yuan-denominated bonds
are directly competitive with dollar-denominated bonds? I wouldn't.

They could denominate in euros or roubles or something.

If anyone big decided to pay reasonable interest rates, the US could
be in trouble.


They are paying reasonable rates, by definition. It's an auction, prices set by the market. It's hard to fight the market. Most people do very well by not bucking the system that works.

Of course the peanut gallery always offers their two cents worth.

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Rick C.

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Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:45 pm   



On Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 3:45:54 PM UTC-4, John Larkin wrote:
Quote:
On Mon, 27 Apr 2020 19:46:46 -0700 (PDT), whit3rd <whit3rd_at_gmail.com
wrote:

On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 3:55:00 PM UTC-7, John Larkin wrote:
On Mon, 27 Apr 2020 10:30:29 -0700 (PDT), whit3rd <whit3rd_at_gmail.com
wrote:

On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 9:33:57 AM UTC-7, jla...@highlandsniptechnology.com wrote:

Congress is a pack of criminal idiots. They have been for decades.
They have got so used to spending that they take it for granted now..

Why isn't that all meaningless?

Suppose, just for example, that China decides to sell bonds at 5%
interest. The US would have to pay 5% to refinance the national debt.

Do you automatically assume that 5% return in yuan-denominated bonds
are directly competitive with dollar-denominated bonds? I wouldn't.

They could denominate in euros or roubles or something.

If anyone big decided to pay reasonable interest rates, the US could
be in trouble.


Not going to happen because no other country needs so much money they would put a dent into the U.S. market. And just because some wackadoodle country puts up bonds and notes for sale, it doesn't mean anyone is going to invest in them- chance of payback is zero.
The really big hit comes when financial entities don't want or don't need to invest in U.S. notes, then the Treasury has to raise rates to attract more sales. That's what's going to kill them. When you hold humongous debt, even a very small increase in yield/ interest translates into a humongous debt service cost.


Quote:

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picosecond timing precision measurement

jlarkin att highlandtechnology dott com
http://www.highlandtechnology.com



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Wed Apr 29, 2020 7:45 pm   



On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 1:30:38 PM UTC-4, whit3rd wrote:
Quote:
On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 9:33:57 AM UTC-7, jla...@highlandsniptechnology.com wrote:

Congress is a pack of criminal idiots. They have been for decades.
They have got so used to spending that they take it for granted now.

Why isn't that all meaningless? Congress can tax (it'd be "extortion" by any
non-government entity) and spend, and (like every government) does so.

The power to do so is written into the Constitution


No it isn't, that's the problem. The Constitution gives the federal
government specifically limited power to tax, for certain specific
purposes only (Article I, Section Cool, including post offices, national
defense, establishing courts, oversee treaties, and a national currency.

If we'd stuck to that we'd be in fine shape.

There's nothing in there about making the whole country bail out
some faltering ACME Consolidated International, or paying someone's
pension or medical costs, which are now 70-odd percent of annual
spending (as of prior to Wuhan's Delight).

Quote:
(has been for centuries), by
which it IS granted to, and taken by, Congress.

I see no evidence of idiocy.


Spending more than you have makes sense? A government gleaning votes
by promising all citizens a bounty of goods and labors of other
citizens -- in amounts it can't possibly ever deliver -- is good?

Historically, those are all deadly.

Cheers,
James Arthur


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Wed Apr 29, 2020 7:45 pm   



On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 6:46:10 PM UTC-4, Ricky C wrote:

> What percentage of federal taxes were paid by the 10% income earners in 2015?

70%.

Cheers,
James Arthur


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Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:45 pm   



On Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 3:45:54 PM UTC-4, John Larkin wrote:
Quote:
On Mon, 27 Apr 2020 19:46:46 -0700 (PDT), whit3rd <whit3rd_at_gmail.com
wrote:

On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 3:55:00 PM UTC-7, John Larkin wrote:
On Mon, 27 Apr 2020 10:30:29 -0700 (PDT), whit3rd <whit3rd_at_gmail.com
wrote:

On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 9:33:57 AM UTC-7, jla...@highlandsniptechnology.com wrote:

Congress is a pack of criminal idiots. They have been for decades.
They have got so used to spending that they take it for granted now.

Why isn't that all meaningless?

Suppose, just for example, that China decides to sell bonds at 5%
interest. The US would have to pay 5% to refinance the national debt.

Do you automatically assume that 5% return in yuan-denominated bonds
are directly competitive with dollar-denominated bonds? I wouldn't.

They could denominate in euros or roubles or something.

If anyone big decided to pay reasonable interest rates, the US could
be in trouble.


You're right in theory but most of our debt is held by our own
citizens. Most of them aren't likely to re-invest overseas chasing
higher yield -- heck, I sure wouldn't.

Cheers,
James Arthur


Guest

Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:45 pm   



On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 11:41:31 PM UTC-4, Ricky C wrote:

> It's also a meaningless statistic. I just feel that taxes should be paid, dollar for dollar. Shouldn't matter if it is income or capital gains (which are taxed as part of the income tax).

If you tax capital gains, you destroy capital.
Without capital, you're back in the Stone Ages.

Quote:
The really big money guys pays a lower tax rate than their secretaries... at least that is that Warren Buffet would have you believe. Is he lying?

The Trump tax cuts didn't do diddly for the economy. He claimed they would stimulate the economy and produce a surplus.


Which pretty much happened -- the economy soared, and revenues did too.
But Congress spent it all.

Quote:
Never happened. Now we already have a huge deficit before piling on the trillions being spent on propping up everyone during this pandemic.

Yup, the wrong economic thinking at the wrong time. We just leaned into a left hook all thanks to Trump.

The real irony was that Obama handed a pretty sweet economy to Trump when he left office.


You're insane. The economy was awful, millions were driven from the
labor force. I can't think of a single thing Obama did that wasn't
investment, business, and employment kryptonite.

Cheers,
James Arthur

John Larkin
Guest

Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:45 pm   



On Wed, 29 Apr 2020 12:03:58 -0700 (PDT), dagmargoodboat_at_yahoo.com
wrote:

Quote:
On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 11:41:31 PM UTC-4, Ricky C wrote:

It's also a meaningless statistic. I just feel that taxes should be paid, dollar for dollar. Shouldn't matter if it is income or capital gains (which are taxed as part of the income tax).

If you tax capital gains, you destroy capital.


Well, 100% would destroy it.

>Without capital, you're back in the Stone Ages.

Tax capital gains a little maybe. Tax *financial transactions* to
dampen the system.

Tax every email while you're at it.


Quote:

The really big money guys pays a lower tax rate than their secretaries... at least that is that Warren Buffet would have you believe. Is he lying?

The Trump tax cuts didn't do diddly for the economy. He claimed they would stimulate the economy and produce a surplus.

Which pretty much happened -- the economy soared, and revenues did too.
But Congress spent it all.

Never happened. Now we already have a huge deficit before piling on the trillions being spent on propping up everyone during this pandemic.

Yup, the wrong economic thinking at the wrong time. We just leaned into a left hook all thanks to Trump.

The real irony was that Obama handed a pretty sweet economy to Trump when he left office.

You're insane. The economy was awful, millions were driven from the
labor force. I can't think of a single thing Obama did that wasn't
investment, business, and employment kryptonite.

Cheers,
James Arthur


Some people think we can tax our way to prosperity. Some people even
think that politicians are smart.

--

John Larkin Highland Technology, Inc
picosecond timing precision measurement

jlarkin att highlandtechnology dott com
http://www.highlandtechnology.com

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