frederic braat

Wedderburn, Australia

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frederic braat
Posted over 3 years ago
How can we re-frame tax policy to make people happier about paying taxes and/or spending pro-socially?
just a thought ... the strugglers don't want to pay tax because they see the rich minimize and scab out of paying. The rich don't want to pay tax because they feel they have done good by their hard work and the lazy poor could do better but why help them let them help themselves. this is why no one like to pay tax. its silly maybe we should spend more time in social education and learn to live in the civil society we believe we've made.
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frederic braat
Posted over 3 years ago
How can we re-frame tax policy to make people happier about paying taxes and/or spending pro-socially?
in a civilised discussion would we not discuss the purpose of civilization and why we gather in numbers and what it means for you to be protected from me taking what i desire that which is now yours. We have a civil contract upheld by law. It protects you and our taxes pay for it. If your ideas are antisocial do you not defer the protection. I don't understand why you need to get to violence( and you expect protection from it) to pay some of the earning or theft whatever into the fund that allows you access to the game. I suggest you are not working in a vacuum or an libertarian enriched society. its a silly argument really especially for the wealthy.
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frederic braat
Posted over 3 years ago
How can we re-frame tax policy to make people happier about paying taxes and/or spending pro-socially?
Firstly I do believe the taxation system should cover the needs of its society to a level that make it a "society" and has an empathy for all its citizens. Society provides the infrastructure to make its citizens safe from harm (violence or intolerance) allows them to get around by road rail etc and if it chooses wisely it will provide universal health care. AND oh yeah education so they can make decisions about becoming libertarian or not lol. Maybe ..... a way to give recognition is that the government could send an occasional proclamation to some of its citizens thanking them for their contribution to a specific project and this personal contact will undoubtedly provide the same amounts of amount of happiness as does giving. We All humans share the same DNA and are family. Many of our flaws are geonomatically passed to us diversity makes some well suited to play this present game and others not so well suited and leads them into unwise decisions. We could punishing our family members and help them. Unlike the libertarians I be say we are obliged to help to pay for our protection. I agree with the facts that we need more effort going to help. Then I think good governance should do it through taxation and we should all feel proud to be contribution each to our ability. And lastly the time honored trickle down effect has not worked ... maybe too much water retainers in the subsoil
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frederic braat
Posted over 3 years ago
Michael Norton: How to buy happiness
Great talk. I do think there is only a little to be drawn in conclusion from money used as gift that did not belong to the donor. and yes giving make you happier always as long as it is your choice. That would exclude xmas and bday gifts which are obligations and they can make you happy but not necessarily so.
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frederic braat
Posted over 3 years ago
Michael Norton: How to buy happiness
followed your link, interesting stuff in a way a bit like Maslof's pyramid. The base has to be stable and you have to be able to live without the stress of doing without. Then the higher achievements become available. $75,000 sounds like comfort level for me. I could do it on $50,000 without a mortgage but i am struggling on $17,000 as a pensioner. Kept my cost down building my own home so now i am happy with the results of my labor I can walk outside and be overwhelmed by nature and this daily rapture keeps me happy. It is just the moment when the watertank bursts and IF my income were $1000 per week it would not cause me any stress but the cost of a new tanks now needs a savage saving program to get it fixed. The story from most of my struggling friends is similar, it is all good until the car dont start! . There is just no comfort zone no savings in the bank. This is most poor peoples plight.
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frederic braat
Posted over 3 years ago
Michael Norton: How to buy happiness
Perhaps some stats on amounts of money received demographically will allow another trend to show up. Maybe the richer suburbs spend more/less than the poorest. My personal experience showed that percentage of income shows more generosity amongst the poor. A gift of $10 from a working class or welfare recipient is the equivalent of $4500 to the upper middleclass. It is a complex issue but I feel giving always make you feel happy. Receiving however is another issue.