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Sunday, April 22, 2007

NY Times on Taxing Height

On Wednesday, I blogged (Taxing Height) a new paper by Greg Mankiw & Matthew Weinzierl, The Optimal Taxation of Height: A Case Study of Utilitarian Income Redistribution, which argues in favor of a tax credit for short taxpayers and a tax surcharge for tall taxpayers, as well as Frank Pasquale's critique of the paper.  The Saturday New York Times reports on both views in Why Not Tax the Tall?.

For a contrary view, see Randy Newman, Short People:

Short People got no reason
Short People got no reason
Short People got no reason
To live

They got little hands
And little eyes
And they walk around
Tellin' great big lies
They got little noses
And tiny little teeth
They wear platform shoes
On their nasty little feet

...

They got little baby legs
And they stand so low
You got to pick 'em up
Just to say hello
They got little cars
That got beep, beep, beep
They got little voices
Goin' peep, peep, peep
They got grubby little fingers
And dirty little minds
They're gonna get you every time
Well, I don't want no Short People
Don't want no Short People
Don't want no Short People
'Round here

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This is an idea that wouldn't ever end badly...

Posted by: eldigg | Apr 22, 2007 3:59:57 PM