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From the CBO
projected deficit for 2014: $475 billion


estimated GDP for 2014: $17,606 billion


From the CIA Fact Book

estimated GDP for 2007: $14,560 billion


From the IRS, 2007 tax statistics
number of income tax returns with adjusted gross incomes over $1 million: 391,261

total income of those earners: $1,401,087,152,000

taxable income of that $1.4 trillion: $1,243,801,387,000

2007 GDP = 14,560. est for 2014=$17,606 billion. so that's a 20.85% increase. if we scale linearly:

taxable income: $1,503,133,000,000
# of filers: call it 400,000
amount of taxable income over $1,000,000: $1,103,133,000,000


additional tax surcharge required to balance budget using only income of over $1 million: 43%



current highest tax bracket: 35%

new $1 million tax bracket that would cover the entire 2014 deficit: 78%

So if somebody is worried about future US deficits, then maybe we should start by proposing a new 78% tax bracket for all income over $1 million (with the associated AMT and capital gains taxes to make it stick). And we can negotiate from there.

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Date: 2010-02-17 08:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mrmorse.livejournal.com
cactus at Angry Bear wrote a very long series of posts based on comparing economic measures under Democrats to under Republicans. Here is a representative post about the Laffer curve. These were all empirical, so cactus looked at actual economic data as the marginal tax rate changed to attempt to determine the maximum in the curve. There isn't a lot of data, and there are obvious missing data points, but the results are at least suggestive.

This was part of a very long series which mostly looked at performance relative to which party was in power. The short conclusion is that almost regardless of what measurements you use for economic performance and for political power, the Democrats come out ahead.

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Date: 2010-02-17 08:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mrmorse.livejournal.com
I went to the trouble of embedding the link in a tag so the huge URL wouldn't spew all over the comment box. Apparently I wasn't entirely successful.

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Date: 2010-02-21 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nerdranting.livejournal.com
The Laffer curve is basically the fundamental theorem of Calculus, isn't it? (Taxes collected at rate 0%: 0. Taxes collected at rate 100%: 0. We have empirical evidence that we actually DO collect taxes at a rate somewhere in the middle. So there must be a peak somewhere.)

I don't think that actually is the fundamental theorem of calculus, but it's close.

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