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How to Talk to A Conservative about … Drug Testing Welfare Recipients

I am starting a new series of posts for my blog called “How to Talk to a Conservative.” Each one will feature my approach to talking to a conservative about a specific issue. Some of this draws from real life conversations I have had and some of it is merely a theoretical approach. All in all these posts are about how to frame issues in ways that will connect to your conservative family, friends and coworkers. Hopefully without starting any yelling matches, though I place no guarantees.

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People Find Marginal Tax Rates Perplexing

I was talking to a guy at a protest outside a $50k a plate Mitt fundraiser and he asked what I thought about France’s new wealth tax. He called it a 75% tax on people earning over a million a year. I explained that they only pay 75% on the income they make over the million.

This is the most recent time I have encountered confusion around marginal tax rates but it certainly is far from the first.

I decided to write a highly simplified explanation of how a marginal tax rate works so when you want to explain it to people you have an easy example for them to follow.

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