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    be the truth." Sherlock Holmes.

    In order to continue reading this thread, you must accept that middle class income mobility was highest from the end of WW2 to the 1970's. If you can't accept this basic reality, there's nothing to discuss on this thread so don't bother poasting on it.

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    Now, given that TOP income tax rates during the administration of that PINKO COMMIE EISENHOWER, were OVER 90% and stayed there until Kennedy dropped them to the 60% then dropped again under Reagan and the Bush's down to under 25% today, if cuts to the top tax rate helps the middle class, we should see it.

    If one looks at middle class income mobility (the ability to move UPWARD on the socio-economic ladder) during that time, it was the MOST PROSPEROUS TIME in the country's HISTORY for the middle class. Today, not so much.

    So, what does this ELIMINATE? The notion that HIGH TAXES ON TOP EARNERS stunts economic growth. CLEARLY, it does NOT.

    So while no DIRECT CAUSAL RELATION can be found between high tax rates and middle class economic mobility, the data shows that neither do high top tax rates PRECLUDE middle class upward mobility.
    Now, when we look at what happened to middle class income mobility AFTER those tax cuts for the uber-rich were implemented, what happened? Why income mobility went DOWN, didn't it? Almost as if letting rich people keep their own money instead of paying it in taxes, ENCOURAGED rich people to keep MORE of the pie for themselves.

    Again, while not PROVING that low tax rates on top earners is a DIRECT CAUSAL CORRELATION to a lower percentage of upward mobility, we CAN eliminate the idea that low tax rates are GOOD for the upward mobility for the middle class, can't we?

    So what have I just done here? Through the process of elimination, I've just destroyed the credibility of anyone who suggests that cutting top tax rates is good for the vast majority of Americans AND demonstrating that top tax rates DO NOT act as a barrier to the middle class doing better.


    RepubliCON policies regarding taxation are not in the best interests of 99% of Americans.
    Sorry, but that's the way it is.

    Want to shut me the hell up?

    Show me how middle class wages have grown since the 80's.
    Show me that the middle class has realized the same kind of relative gains as the uber rich!
    Show me WHO picks up the tab for the deficits when revenues don't meet spending? Is it the people who got the sweetheart tax deals that CAUSED the deficits, or does EVERYONE get dumped on?
     
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    Interesting, nobody has posted so far....
     
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    Telling indeed.
     
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    I hereby declare this thread a complete and utter victory for THE DECEPTICON!

    "For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill." Sun Tzu
     
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    Not to destroy your thuinder, but that has little to do with the new deal. Which is presumably what you believe you are "winning" in here as you blow your own horn.
     
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    This is the first I have seen the topic. From what I can tell it was posted just a short time ago.

    Too soon to declare victory.

    And even though the opening post says that if I cannot accept the stupidity of the opening post, not to even consider "poasting", well, I cannot resist.

    The opening post is a textbook example of the fallacy of the excluded middle. You see, Sherlock, you eliminated other possibilities which may be causing a lack of upward mobility without evidence they should be excluded.

    You did not do the work. You just blithely dismissed all other possibilities and then declared the one you want as the only possible answer. Frankly, I think you are a one track record who is only capable of thinking of one cause.

    That is not how it works.

    You used this fallacious method because you have no evidence to support the idea that low taxes cause low upward mobility. So you covered up this lack of evidence by eliminating all other possibilities with a logical fallacy.

    Nice try, but you lose.

    And there you were, in the jaws of victory.

    What a shame.
     
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    it appears g5000 just completely stole your thunder and also pwn'd you intertron gnueb style. You can put you pants back on and take off your victory hat.
     
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    The opening post also demonstrates the cum hoc ergo propter hoc logical fallacy.
     
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    Apparently you have a reading comprehension problem.

    NOWHERE did I claim that high top tax rates cause middle class mobility.
    NOWHERE did I claim that low top tax rates stifle middle class mobility.

    MY CLAIM, which you were apparently too stupid to figure out, is that HIGH TOP TAX RATES did not PREVENT upward middle class mobility. That's a FAR CRY from your assertion that I excluded the middle, huh?

    Come back when you have re-read what I wrote and apologize for your false accusations.

    Oh, and I never took off my victory hat.
     
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    Before we even get started, I have to accept that your premise is true, even though it is demonstrably false.

    End of thread.
     

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