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## Best basis for taxation

 Quote by rbj it's simply a fact of life that the rich pay more because they can and legislators have recognized that fact. sorry if you think it's immoral.
Legislators recognize that so they will get elected/re-elected, not necessarily because they believe it to be ethical or moral.

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 Recognitions: Gold Member Generally, in a tribal setting, those who are more able... give more... it isn't legislated away from them... they give more because their catch needs processing and they can't do the processing themselves so they give a percentage to the people helping to process the catch (buffalo, fish, money (whathaveyou). As I said, a monetary system costs millions if not billions to maintain.

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 Quote by stewartcs How does the airline industry not pass along cost again? Last time I flew I had to pay 15$to check my bag and$5 for a "snack and drink". I didn't have to pay for that in years past.
For some years after Sept. 11 the airlines were able to pass along almost none of the cost increases. At the moment they still haven't been able to pass much along. Essentially the only increases have been the surchanges you mention. And there was a good period where they couldn't even manage that.

There's no law stopping them from charging more for fares, they just haven't been able to sell enough tickets when they do. The surcharges allow for second-degree price discrimination which makes raising prices somewhat easier.

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