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Thursday, May 18, 2006

What Would Jesus Tax?

Bible_1We previously have blogged Susan Pace Hamill's scholarship on the application of Christian principles to tax policy:

Susan recently has published several op-eds on the subject:

Susan's colleague Dan Filler notes:

Susan and I probably disagree on many things but her passion and commitment are incredible, and her emphasis on religious claims to shape tax policy debates is brilliant. The Economist captured her campaign in support of Alabama tax reform with the headline "What Would Jesus Tax?" Democrats may be able to retake the White House without fully engaging policy debates within a genuinely religious framework. But they won't win states like Alabama. And that will leave Democrats perpetually vulnerable.

I don't know where Susan stands, party-wise, but she is providing an important roadmap for a national progressive strategy. Not bad for a tax jock. Not bad at all.

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He already does, and if you are one of his it's 10%. If your on the other team it's 100%.

Posted by: Ken | May 18, 2006 8:36:21 AM

What would Jesus tax? Ask Henry George. He had a better answer than any other.

His landmark book Progress and Poverty laid out the cause of poverty, and how to remedy it.

What would Jesus tax? The economic value of that which God and nature and the community create. What wouldn't Jesus tax? That which humans make from what God, nature and community provide, after they've paid for what they've claimed as their own property.

One could make a pretty good case that the Mosaic land laws were the early version of this, and that in a complex society and economy, Henry George's tax on land's value is the modern way to achieve the same level of prosperity and equality, and put us all on an equal footing with respect to nature and each other.

Posted by: lvtfan | Dec 23, 2006 6:01:50 AM