Re: [rootsradicals] Re: free charging an e-motor.
- One thing I figured out about sales tax is that, in addition to being
hidden and insidious, it also discriminates against the poor. The rich
can always arrange to buy things from some place that doesn't do sales
tax. The poor spend a greater percentage of their income on basic
things day-to-day things, most of which are taxed. So, I greatly
appreciate the policies of states like Oregon--no sales tax.
I greatly resent policies that give tax breaks to interest and
investment income, but tax income resulting from honest sweat and work.
These policies also help explain many of our environmental problems.
This is in part because of the problems of compound interest. If you
cut down the forest and invest the money at basic compound interest, you
will make more money than if you let the forest grow to maturity or
manage the forest as a long-term 'investment' for kids and grandkids.
“Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and
the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.” American
Indian (Cree?) Proverb (I'm having trouble finding the source, even with
> Taxation through inflation is insidious, because nobody realizes they
> are being taxed.
> But it has exactly the same effect as high taxes. It makes the "cost
> of living" go higher for everyone - except those who can afford to
> shelter their money in creative ways that don't succumb to the
> The inflation stems from a very simple fact: there are too many
> dollars (and euros, and Yen, and etc...), and not enough resources.
> It is extremely easy to "print" a dollar - in fact it doesn't even
> involve ink or paper anymore, just twiddling bits in a computer (see
> the charts here t: http://www.nowandfutures.com/key_stats.html). It
> is not so easy to create gold, oil, copper, or even food. That
> involves real work. So, more dollars and less of the "essentials"
> means that the essentials go up in price relative to the dollar.