„We don't need a flat tax, but a flattening tax, to truly level the playing field.“

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„[A] revenue-neutral carbon tax would benefit all Americans by eliminating the need for costly energy subsidies while promoting a level playing field for energy producers.“

— Gary S. Becker American economist 1930 - 2014
Why We Support a Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax: Coupled with the elimination of costly energy subsidies, it would encourage competition. http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887323611604578396401965799658 "Commentary" article in the Wall Street Journal, co-authored with George P. Shultz, dated April 7, 2013.

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„[A] revenue-neutral carbon tax would benefit all Americans by eliminating the need for costly energy subsidies while promoting a level playing field for energy producers.“

— George Shultz American economist, statesman, and businessman 1920
Why We Support a Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax: Coupled with the elimination of costly energy subsidies, it would encourage competition. http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887323611604578396401965799658 "Commentary" article in the Wall Street Journal, co-authored with the Nobel-Prize-winning economist Gary Becker, dated April 7, 2013.

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„On the level of political principle, the imposition of taxes and the expenditure of tax proceeds are governmental functions.“

— Milton Friedman American economist, statistician, and writer 1912 - 2006
Context: On the level of political principle, the imposition of taxes and the expenditure of tax proceeds are governmental functions. We have established elaborate constitutional, parliamentary and judicial provisions to control these functions, to assure that taxes are imposed so far as possible in accordance with the preferences and desires of the public — after all, "taxation without representation" was one of the battle cries of the American Revolution. We have a system of checks and balances to separate the legislative function of imposing taxes and enacting expenditures from the executive function of collecting taxes and administering expenditure programs and from the judicial function of mediating disputes and interpreting the law. Here the businessman — self-selected or appointed directly or indirectly by stockholders — is to be simultaneously legislator, executive and, jurist. He is to decide whom to tax by how much and for what purpose, and he is to spend the proceeds — all this guided only by general exhortations from on high to restrain inflation, improve the environment, fight poverty and so on and on. "The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits" in The New York Times Magazine (13 September 1970) http://www.colorado.edu/studentgroups/libertarians/issues/friedman-soc-resp-business.html

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„We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.“

— Leona Helmsley American hotel owner 1920 - 2007
Quoted in New York Times (July 12, 1989) Quoted in Newsweek magazine, p. 11 (July 24, 1989)

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„There's a sense in which all taxes are antagonistic to free enterprise … and yet we need taxes.“

— Milton Friedman American economist, statistician, and writer 1912 - 2006
Context: There's a sense in which all taxes are antagonistic to free enterprise … and yet we need taxes. We have to recognize that we must not hope for a Utopia that is unattainable. I would like to see a great deal less government activity than we have now, but I do not believe that we can have a situation in which we don't need government at all. We do need to provide for certain essential government functions — the national defense function, the police function, preserving law and order, maintaining a judiciary. So the question is, which are the least bad taxes? In my opinion the least bad tax is the property tax on the unimproved value of land, the Henry George argument of many, many years ago. As quoted in The Times Herald, Norristown, Pennsylvania (1 December 1978)

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„I share in their outrage and the outrage is that we don’t have a system that has a level playing field. That the government picks winners and losers and in the case of Wall Street what absolutely outrages me is the fact that these people that made such incredibly bad decisions, and I’m believing that these decisions were not necessarily criminal or I think they would have been prosecuted, but that they were just horrible decisions. That they should have been rewarded with failure. Meaning they should have lost all of their money. But they didn’t loose all of their money did they? We bailed them out at the tune of a trillion bucks. You and I. You and I bailed them out. They continue to receive their bonuses and that is … that is the outrage and I share in that outrage... Government should be a level playing field where all of us have the same advantages and the same threats if you will. Implementing the Fair Tax for example throws out the entire Federal tax system. No income tax, no IRS, no business tax, no corporate tax and isn’t the fact that some people pay tax and others don’t isn’t it it the fact that some corporations pay tax and others don’t that has us outraged. It’s just not fair. Let’s implement something that totally fair and in fact is a system where you make the more you consume the more Fair Tax you’ll pay. In a Fair Tax environment you’ll be incentivised to save money.“

— Gary Johnson American politician, businessman, and 29th Governor of New Mexico 1953

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„We need to simplify our tax code. We need to make sure that it’s not too cumbersome for people to be able to comply with. And that they don’t end up spending more money trying to file their taxes than they do actually paying in.“

— Kristi Noem South Dakota politician 1971
Woster, Kevin. Noem ad: poignant or political? http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/news/opinion/columnists/local/article_af98dacc-5a2f-11df-96dc-001cc4c002e0.html Rapid City Journal. May 9, 2010.

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„What do you mean, 'you don't need to buy it'? You don't need to do anything, except pay taxes and die.“

— Sam Donaldson American journalist 1934
As quoted in "Respek" http://www.listenonrepeat.com/watch/?v=m1_FAsefZ6o (18 July 2004), Da Ali G Show.

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„You can’t tax business. Business doesn’t pay taxes. It collects taxes.“

— Ronald Reagan American politician, 40th president of the United States (in office from 1981 to 1989) 1911 - 2004

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„Tax and Tax, spend and spend, elect and elect.“

— Harry Hopkins American politician, 8th United States Secretary of Commerce, assistant to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1890 - 1946
Asserted by theatrical producer Max Gordon and printed by conservative newspaper columnist Frank R. Kent in the 1930s; Gordon later admitted that Hopkins had not said what was claimed; reported in Paul F. Boller, Jr., and John George, They Never Said It: A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, & Misleading Attributions (1989), p. 49-51.

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