Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Your Job Creators, Ladies and Gentlemen...

Dave Weigel flagged this article from Yahoo! Finance that talks about various ways the richies are trying to prepare for Obama's taxageddon, and highlighted one amusing/depressing portion:

Kristina Collins, a chiropractor in McLean, Va., said she and her husband planned to closely monitor the business income from their joint practice to avoid crossing the income threshold for higher taxes outlined by President Obama on earnings above $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for couples.
Ms. Collins said she felt torn by being near the cutoff line and disappointed that federal tax policy was providing a disincentive to keep expanding a business she founded in 1998.
“If we’re really close and it’s near the end-year, maybe we’ll just close down for a while and go on vacation,” she said.

I imagine most liberals, after reading that passage are suffering from acute head trauma due to all the banging done against the nearest wall. Weigel's thoughts reflect my own:

You see these idiots every time a tax hike becomes possible again. They have no apparent idea how marginal rates work. Right now, if her and her husband make $250,000, they pay at most a 33% tax on some of that income. If they made $251,000, they would have to pay the same rates for everything except that last $1000 -- that, they'd be taxed at 35%. If the rates increase across the board that top rate becomes 39.6%. 
How do people still not understand that, and how does it color the debate over taxes? Barack Obama's managed to win two elections on a pledge to hike that top rate, and yet the people who don't understand it manage to get quoted every year.

 Look. I'll be man enough to admit that I didn't have a clue about how progressive taxation worked until like 2008. But then again, 1) I didn't (and still don't) make nearly enough to have to even worry about marginal tax rates, and 2) I'm not one of these high and mighty, virtually deified "job creators" who gets quoted by major outlets like Yahoo! Finance.

I'm truly baffled by this. I mean, if you have a business, one would think by definition you'd have SOME understanding of tax policy. I mean, to not understand something as fundamental as how marginal tax rates work is not some minor oversight. 

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