Progressive Battle Cry: Tax the Rich! Tax the Rich! How's it Working Out?


New York's projected income tax is $2.3 billion short of estimates. Governor Cuomo cited a need for more taxes.

Tax the rich, tax the rich, tax the rich. We did that. God forbid the rich leave,” said New York Governor Cuomo. Well they did leave and his solution, of course, is to raise taxes.

Please consider Andrew Cuomo’s Tax Epiphany

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was on the road to Albany when a light flashed before him. Lo, said a voice from the light, progressive taxes are driving out high earners and damaging the state budget.

Some miracle like that must have happened because on Monday Mr. Cuomo awakened from his first eight years as Governor and according to the Buffalo News declared, “Tax the rich, tax the rich, tax the rich. We did that. God forbid the rich leave.”

Mr. Cuomo delivered this testimony from the Book of Tax Revelation while announcing Monday that New York state’s income tax revenue over the last two months was $2.3 billion below projections. “That’s as serious as a heart attack,” he said.

The top 1% of New York taxpayers pay 46% of state income taxes. Revenues vacillate with capital gains—a problem that is compounded in New York because bonuses in the finance industry are often tied to trading revenue. Markets were especially volatile during the last quarter amid uncertainty about trade and interest rates.

The bigger problem seems to be geographic tax arbitrage. Mr. Cuomo notes in a PowerPoint presentation that “anecdotal evidence suggests that high income taxpayers are considering changing their residence and that financial industry firms are looking at real estate outside of New York.” While the Governor blames the GOP tax reform, high earners have been decamping for years, as E.J. McMahon of the Empire Center has chronicled.

According to IRS data we’ve examined, New York state lost $8.4 billion in income to other states in 2016 (the latest available data), up from $4.6 billion annually on average during the prior four years. Florida raked in the most New York wealth. Mr. Cuomo says that “a taxpayer in Florida would see no increase, or a decrease” under the GOP tax reform and “Florida also has no estate tax.” New York’s 16% estate tax hits assets over $10.1 million.

During his 2010 campaign, Mr. Cuomo promised to let New York’s tax surcharge on millionaires expire. But he has extended it again and again and now wants to renew it through 2024 because he says the state needs the money. Meantime, he warns that a wealth exodus could force spending cuts for education and higher taxes on middle-income earners.

Sadistic Maneuvers

Cuomo blame the Trump tax cut for this. “It literally restructured the economy to help red states at the cost of blue states,” he groused. “It was a diabolical, political maneuver.

Excuse me for pointing out the latest data on moving is from 2016 and that's when the wealthy started leaving in droves. Keep the 16% estate tax and more will leave.

But Cuomo wants to keep it because they "need the money".

Moody's Warns Illinois About Tax Hikes

Illinois is in the same situation just as Moody’s Warns Illinois Governor: New Taxes Might Make Illinois Residents Flee.

So, go ahead and tax the rich. Then keep doing it until there are no rich left to tax.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (22)
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It's a lot easier to move out of NY than it is to move out of the USA and renounce your citizenship.


You can move to Puerto rico which now has a 4% income tax and no federal tax for US residents as long as they have no spouse or residence in the 50 states. John Mauldin and others have moved there to retire. They also have no capital gains tax. Unfortunately no tax structure can keep them from being wiped off the map again come hurricane season.


Poor New York, become so crowded with liberals and their progressive taxation that businessmen and the wealthy don't go there anymore.


The '60's and '70's U.K. Socialists tried all that. Tax rates up to 84% The Term Tax Exile became popular. Even members of the Beatles gave up their U.K. residency for some years. Ringo Star was once apprehended in the transit lounge of a U.U. airport. He managed to get away as a Magistrate ruled transit lounges as not official territory. All those famous people living in the Caribbean.


"Meantime, he warns that a wealth exodus could force spending cuts for education and higher taxes on middle-income earners."

That's the punchline! The only paragraph that matters in practice. The rest is just pr and propaganda. Solely there to keep the dupes duped, and the dumb pliable.

IOW, as long as the scumbags keep repeating "tax the rich"; despite doing so being something they will never do as the rich both employ lobbyists and make sure their children go to school with the children of politicians; they then (probably accurately given the sorry state of American idiocracy) expect to be excused when they supposedly "have to" increase taxes on "middle income earners."

The goal is always to rob the quiet man. Him of the middle, and traditionally also upper middle, classes. As he is the only one producing any value in the whole charade. The rest is just machinations aimed at convincing the genuinely destitute that the truly rich is somehow on their side. "Fighting" against the "rich" evil middle class and professional guys who busts their rear every day to earn a tiny bit more than the absolute minimum.