The Bar Economics (email)
Posted by The Mindset on September 17, 2010
Another email which is making rounds over the internet. This email tells how our Tax System works. Read it till the last; if you think it is worth discussion leave a comment.
Here is the email:
An entertaining exercise came from a friend. It is credited to Dr. David R. Kamerschen. I am reproducing the same after adapting it to Indian Currency.
Bar Stool Economics
Suppose ten men go out every day for beer and the bill for all ten comes to Rs.1000.
If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:
The first four men (The poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay Rs.10.
The sixth would pay Rs.30.
The seventh would pay Rs.70.
The eighth would pay Rs.120.
The ninth would pay Rs.180.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay Rs. 590.
So, that’s what they decided to do.
The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement.
Until one day, the owner threw them a curve.
“Since you are all such good customers,” he said, “I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by Rs.200.”
Drinks for the ten now cost just Rs.800.
The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free.
But what about the other six men – the paying customers? How could they divide the Rs.200 windfall so that everyone would get his ‘fair share?’ They realized that Rs.200divided by six is Rs.33.3. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar 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.
The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid Rs.20 instead of Rs.30 (33%savings).
The seventh now pay Rs.50 instead of Rs.70 (28%savings).
The eighth now paid Rs.90 instead of Rs.120 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid Rs.140 instead of Rs.180 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid Rs.490 instead of Rs.590 (16% savings).
Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.
“I only got Rs.10 out of the Rs.20,”declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man,” but he got Rs.100!” “Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I too saved only Rs10. It’s unfair that he got ten times more than I!”
“That’s true!!” shouted the seventh man. “Why should he get Rs.100 back when I got only Rs20? 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 surrounded the tenth and beat him up.
The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks. So the nine sat down as usual and had beers. But when it came time to pay the bill, they were surprised to discover they didn’t have enough money amongst all of them for even half of the bill!
And that, ladies and gentlemen, journalists and college professors, is how our 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 anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.
So this is how our taxation system works. Poor get free electricity, cheap ration (food), water and the rich pay for that. For the same electricity the Government taxes the rich but give it free to the poor. The poor get everything free and does nothing except producing more babes i.e. more poor people.
The politicians want this to continue forever so that they can extract more votes in each election. If this will continue forever we will have lots of people but only few of them would be capable enough to be called ‘Citizens’. Instead of raising the living standard of few people, making them more patriotic, raising their IQ levels, making them aware of what’s happening at national & international level the government is wasting the resources in increasing the vote bank.