The Greedy Hand: How Taxes Drive Americans Crazy and What to Do about It Paperback – 1 Mar 2000
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Top Customer Reviews
This book nicely lays out the history of taxes that take more income and waste a lot of time and effort in the process. The author looks at sales taxes, withholding taxes at work, the marriage penalty in the income tax, whether the housing deduction for interest and taxes is a good thing or not, the problems with taxes on domestic help, property taxes and school support, the social security system, and estate taxes.
She doesn't like much of what she sees, and is concerned that reform could simply lead to adding new types of taxes (like a national sales tax while keeping all of the old taxes).
The newer the tax or tax idea, it seems like the worse it is working.
Her solutions are basically principles to be followed in reforming taxes. I doubt if they will be followed anytime soon. Recent polls show that most Americans are concerned about paying off the national debt and fixing social security before doing anything about cutting taxes.
Although most of her observations were good ones, I was a little doubtful about her automatic focus on the high income people being taken to the cleaners unfairly. There was not as much attention paid to benefits that lower income people may be receiving.Read more ›
Taxation is always resented and railing against it is an easy cheap-shot. More than two centuries ago, Edmund Burke stated the dilemma of government: "To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men." And we even distort our history in the service of this resentment. The American Revolution was not driven by rebellion against usurious tax rates, or even by resentment over "taxation without representation." The real problem was that the taxes were levied on the colonies and the benefits were lavished on England.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is totally off-point. The author ought to read the income tax laws before writing a book about the subject. Read morePublished on 9 Aug. 1999
This should be required Civics reading for high school students. The author gives a politically non-biased explanation of the events that have warped simple tax proposals into... Read morePublished on 7 July 1999
After reading this book in its entirity I find many of Ms. Shlaes historical etudes interesting and revisionist. Read morePublished on 27 April 1999
If it's so bad, why doesn't she recommend a tax revolt? Cowardice.
If a people love anything more than freedom, they will lose their freedom; and the irony is that if it is... Read more
Most Americans believe that their government is greedy. Those who do will still find this book earth shatering. Read morePublished on 20 April 1999
Finally, an appropriate label has been placed on the monstrosity we call the tax code -- GREED. I don't think a more anti-family, anti-business, anti-prosperity, anti-success,... Read morePublished on 18 April 1999
Although many Americans are aware that our tax rates are high and getting higher, the "Greedy Hand", shows us just how and how much the government steals from its... Read morePublished on 15 April 1999
Any type of sales tax or "progresive" tax is unjustified and inherently bad. A national sales tax would surely lead us into a depression. Read morePublished on 13 April 1999