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2010/3/5-30 [Reference/Tax] UID:53741 Activity:nil
3/5     A while back, I mentioned the possibility of hyperinflation in the US
        Looks like I'm not the crazy one:
        http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1969231,00.html
        \_ Stands to reason it will happen. We want a weak dollar to pay
           back debt with devalued dollars and we printed a lot of them.
           I invested a lot in TIPS.
        \_ Yawn. Right now the problem is deflation, not inflation. That
           article says that taxes are going to go up instead, and I tend
           to agree.
           \_ Taxes will probably rise, but inflation is inevitable given
              how many dollars we printed and scarcity of natural resources.
              I would (and did) bet heavily against deflation.
              \_ How do you explain Japan's two decade long experience with
                 deflation then? They printed lots of money, have ran massive
                 budget deficits, have a scarcity of natural resources and
                 have not been able to shake the deflation bug.
         \_ "As Washington ponders its taxation options, it might also wish
             to cast its gaze toward the NYSE and Nasdaq, whose companies add
             very little to the public till."
             Only if you completely ignore the payroll taxes and sales
             taxes these companies pay and the taxes their employees pay
             out of their salaries.
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www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1969231,00.html
MySpace * * Share * Never mind about mortgaging the future. By running up a monster deficit as it struggles to keep the economy growing, the Obama Administration is setting the stage for sharply higher taxes down the road. The easier option is even more quantitative easing -- a euphemism for printing money, which is a dirty phrase economists never like to use. This would devalue the country's currency and sovereign debt, triggering a cycle of hyperinflation of the likes the US has never seen. Hiking taxes is the less traumatic course, though it will only be accepted as the cost of inaction rises. "Congress only responds to financial crisis or some other external shock," says Bill Gale, co-director of the Tax Policy Center in Washington. "Nothing will be done in Obama's first term to substantially increase tax revenue." By some estimates, the tax burden on Americans could double before the end of this decade. The only question is: What form will these new taxes take? Last year British Prime Minister Gordon Brown raised his country's top marginal rate for income tax to 50% from 40%. This came on the heels of a decision to borrow more than $1 trillion over the next five years, bringing his country's public debt to 79% of GDP by 2013. There has been the expected backlash from the superrich, but the majority of Brits don't seem to mind so much. A similar strategy for managing a growing mountain of debt on this side of the Atlantic might work, with Washington increasing the top tax rate, say, from 35% to 45%. At the same time, rates could be increased by a smaller amount in lower brackets. From a historical perspective this makes a great deal of sense. Consider that the top marginal rate peaked at 94% in the final years of World War II. It remained above 90% for most of the 1950s, and held steady at 70% during the 1970s. Republican Ronald Reagan emerged as the great tax buster, shaving the top bracket to a mere 28%. "Once the marginal rate exceeds 40%, you get high levels of tax avoidance and evasion," says Daniel Feenberg, an associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Mass. Feenberg estimates that a 14% VAT on goods and services, similar to what exists in the EU, would generate more revenue than the existing income tax. He may be right, but selling a European-style VAT to Americans is a bit like selling snake poison and would likely mean political suicide for any of its supporters. That said, there's no hiding the fact that the ratio of public debt to GDP is expected to balloon from 60% to 82% by 2019. If Britain is receiving such harsh criticism from money managers, can the US be far behind? As Washington ponders its taxation options, it might also wish to cast its gaze toward the NYSE and Nasdaq, whose companies add very little to the public till. In fact, their contribution as a percentage of GDP ranks in the bottom quartile among OECD nations' figures.