Adversarial Collaboration sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s really a useful tool, especially in those hard-to-solve problems posed by the human condition. The technique was used by two well-known experts in the fields of psychology, decision-making and economics.
Daniel Khaneman, one of my favorite authors on the subject, Matthew Killingworth and Barbra Mellers also experts on the same subjects, have recently published the results of an in-depth study on the subject of how personal income contributes to an individual’s overall happiness.
A lot went into the study but, at a rudimentary level, it indicates that the unhappiest people become happier with increased income until they reach a level of around $75K to $100K annual income. Then they plateau and increases don’t contribute to happiness. Those who start out relatively happy do not tend to reach a noticeable plateau up through an income of $400K.
I don’t understand all the pros and cons of the national sales tax, but I do know is that it would help get taxes paid by people who are paid in cash and often don’t report it, or pay taxes on it. I know people in that situation. Since they don’t report the income they often qualify for government programs, handouts and subsidies that they don’t really qualify for.
Our economy is based on the capitalist system. The reason that is so is because it is, in itself, a self-regulating, self-adjusting system of effort and profit. It encourages profit and discourages wasted effort: i.e. effort expended for no gain in profit.
Left alone, an economy based on capitalism alone will grow, expand and develop to a point where one entity will dominate the entire system. Our economic system developed under the watchful eye of our governmental systems which are democratically managed by our voting citizens. That makes it a “market” economy.
So what sounds like a good taxing strategy at first blush, like a Federal tax based on consumption, might look good, it is in serious conflict with the basic motivations driving our profit/effort market structure.
That is to say… if you make it too expensive in effort for a reasonable gain in profit, you will discourage the consumption motivation which in turn will reduce demand for the folks producing the products being consumed which in turn will reduce the income of the consumers.
It is really depends. We all know that the money ain’t everything. But they make us to afford what we want and what can really bring us happines. I actually working on it right now because I wanna open my own e-store and hope that it will bring me what I want. I have not know that such sphere can have huge amount of details but I am on my way so right now I am already learning about what is and how to create a sku number. So wish me luck guys!
Money in and of itself does not supply happiness. But it can provide security, and than can bring happiness. And it can provide all sorts of opportunities, which can also provide happiness. If you focus on greed and acquisition, the satisfaction is probably transitory. If you focus on purpose, likely not.