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Subject: Re: Billionaire being taxed to death Date: 10/10/2012 12:18 PM
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I think we can easily find the "can't help themselves". But the "won't" might be tougher. But I if you were to look at the group as a whole, you should be able to knock out a large portion right away. Then there's a muddy middle group that is debatable. Let's get through the easy decisions first then move on to the tougher ones.

Generally, you can't easily separate out the two groups, because you have to put everyone through some sort of review process - and the resources consumed by that process can be enormous. You impose burdens on applicants to provide you considerable information, you have to someone review that information, you have to conduct some level of independent check on their representations, and have appeal and secondary review processes.

Plus, as mentioned upthread, it's not even an easy process to figure out what characteristics differentiate those who have from those who have not contributed to their own circumstances - let alone set down a fair and impartial way of describing those characteristics so that a neutral third party can make that judgment call.

Albaby
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