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Subject:  Re: The New Luxuries Date:  10/11/2000  7:46 PM
Author:  SeattlePioneer Number:  21519 of 876043

If leisure time is one of the "new luxuries," perhaps there should be a tax on it. This would discourage those lazy bums who have the temerity to Retire Early, creating labor shortages and confusing the work ethic of the middle class.

The means are at hand ---child support payments are figured based on the "imputed earnings" of men, who may have been working a great amount of overtime and will be expected to continue to do so whether it's available or not. Similarly, earnings could be imputed for tax purposes up until age 65, 68 or 70 or so, with any earnings shortfall caused by Retire Early slacking being met with imputed earned income which would be taxed, earned or not.

Perhaps we could toss in Social Security taxes into the mix as well.

Seattle Pioneer
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