27 May 2003
Equal distribution of miseries
James Joyner notes that regional variations mean nothing to the tax code:
$50,000 a year is big money in Podunk, Mississippi; it is near-poverty in Manhattan. But the two earners are treated identically for the purposes of federal income taxes. Which isn't particularly "progressive."
Of course, "progressive" isn't all that wonderful anyway, no matter how forward-looking and optimistic it sounds. And besides, Podunk is (or should be) in Iowa.
Posted at 9:45 PM to Political Science Fiction
Yeah. And if you write regional variations into the tax code, it suddenly goes from 20,000 volumes of impenetrable gobbledygook to 20,000,000 volumes of impenetrable gobbledygook.
OTOH, if the tax code could be made so bad that even lawyers can't understand it, maybe we could get real reform for a change.
I keep thinking, every time a new provision comes along, that maybe this will be the straw that sends the camel to the chiropractor, but somehow it never is.
They don't make camels like they used to. Dang titanium backbones...