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This is not directed at anyone in particular except for poor people who complain about more than they understand ;\)


Sometimes Politicians can exclaim; "It's just a tax cut for the


and it is just accepted to be fact. But what does that really mean?

Just in case you are not completely clear on this issue, we hope the

following will help.


Tax Cuts - A Simple Lesson In Economics


This is how the cookie crumbles. Please read it carefully.


Let's put tax cuts in terms everyone can understand. Suppose that


day, ten men go out for dinner. The bill for all ten comes to $100.



If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go


like this:


The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.

The fifth would pay $1.

The sixth would pay $3.

The seventh $7.

The eighth $12.

The ninth $18.

The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.


So that's what they decided to do.


The ten men ate dinner in the restaurant every day and seemed quite

happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a



Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce

the cost of your daily meal by $20."


So, now dinner for the ten only cost $80. The group still wanted to


their bill the way we pay our taxes.


So, the first four men were unaffected. They would still eat for free.

But what about the other six, the paying customers? How could they


up the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his 'fair share'?


The six men realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they

subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the


man would each end up being 'PAID' to eat their meal.


So, the restaurant 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 paid $5 instead 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 now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).


Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four


to eat 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


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 me!"


"That's true!!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $10 back

when I got only $2? 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


the tenth and beat him up.


The next night the tenth man didn't show up for dinner, so the nine


down and ate 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


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 at the table anymore. There are

lots of good restaurants in Europe and the Caribbean.

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Too true, too true....but


Give a wealthy man a $100,000 tax break, and he'll stick it with the rest of his horde...


Give 100 regular guys a $1000 tax break, and each one will put a down-payment on a buick...


Another side to the coin, from an economic standpoint.


(in all actuality, the rich guys break went to the bahamas, and the poors to China... ;\) )

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that little story makes no mention of the kick backs, subsidies and friendly words in the right places the owner of the restaurant gives the rich man to run his multi national corporation.

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Before the meal starts, the rich man gives the proprietor the money required to take over the restaurant.


During the meal, the poorest men risk their lives attacking the place next door because the proprietor and the rich man's newspaper say the neighbours were definitely going to poison the food. The evidence is irrefutable!


The proprietor gives the poor men weapons bought from the rich man with the restaurant takings.


After succeeding in the campaign at some human cost, they build a pipeline from the wine cellar next door to the rich man's bottling plant. Everyone then buys the wine off him.

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sure, he's trying to build grass roots support for top bracket tax cuts.


for too long the poor man was been whinging about working conditions, when he should be using his idle leisure hours to paint signs saying: give the rich a break.


its difficult for these high end guys to find the ear of a politician, u know!



[oh the film was some peter greenaway rant about a chef, a crim, some bird he was shacked up with and a random punter in over his head]

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