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"The man in the bottle" episode was stupid.

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    webe123

    [1]Aug 7, 2009
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    Who in their right mind would think that the US Govt. can TAX you over 90% of a million dollars? The people in the story that wished for a million dollars were charged NINE HUNDRED AND SEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS???????

    That is just plain STUPID! I know the Govt. takes alot of taxes, but over 90% of the whole amount? That is just idiotic!

    How did Rod Serling ever come up with THAT figure? It seems he should KNOW what the Govt. charges as he had to pay taxes himself and was a millionaire at the time.

    Edited on 08/06/2009 11:48pm
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    Underdog121488

    [2]Aug 7, 2009
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    It only happened that way because the genie twisted the wish.
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    webe123

    [3]Aug 21, 2009
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    It did not seem like the genie "twisted" anything. He simply granted the wish!

    Where did you come up with that?

    The storyline acted like that was normal for the Government to take that much, which is not true and we all know it.

    Edited on 08/21/2009 8:24am
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    lad_97

    [4]Oct 7, 2009
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    Hate to bust your bubble but in 1961 the US income tax top marginal rate was 91%. The first bracket was 20%. Today the first bracket is 10% and the top bracket is about 35%.
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    PikeBishop

    [5]Dec 30, 2009
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    Lad's right buddy. I teach economics and use that scene in my classroom as an example of how high the top marginal tax rate was back then. Of course it only applied to people who made, what was back then, a huge income. Something like 350,000 which back then was worth well over a million today. This was also just before JFK went against his economic advisors, and lowered the top rate to 70%.

    For the record, Reagan dropped it to 30%; Clinton hiked it to 39%; Bush 2 dropped it to about 36% and it will go back up to 39% next year when those tax cuts expire.

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