27 09 11 - 14:56Every time I see a "scientific study" and "scientific article" like this, I'm reminded how the proles have taken over, and in the hands of a prole, even a noble discipline is reduced to stupidity:
The researchers analyzed the relationship between tax progressivity and personal well-being in 54 nations surveyed by the Gallup Organization in 2007 -- a total of 59,634 respondents. Well-being was expressed in people's assessments of their overall life quality, from "worst" to "best possible life," on a scale of 1 to 10; and in whether they enjoyed positive daily experiences (such as smiling, being treated with respect, and eating good food) or suffered negative ones, including sadness, worry, and shame. Finally, the analysis looked at the participants' satisfaction with their nation's public goods, from schools to clean air.
The degree of progressivity was measured by the difference between the highest and lowest tax rates, corrected for such confounding factors as family size, social security taxes paid, and tax benefits received by individuals.
The results: On average, residents of the nations with the most progressive taxation evaluated their own lives as closer to "the best possible." They also reported having more satisfying experiences and fewer discomfiting ones than respondents living in nations with less progressive taxes. That happiness, Oishi says, was "explained by a greater degree of satisfaction with the public goods, such as housing, education, and public transportation." - Science Daily
I'll make this really simple, since it seems that all but a few humans are brick stupid.
- There are no other differences between nations. None, in composition of population.
- In high tax states, people don't rationalize the cost by praising public services. Nope. Not at like how people living in places like Austin and San Francisco praise those places whenever the topic of high rents come up.
- Happiness is external. Yep, it must be. It has nothing to do with direction or stability of society.
- Also, people aren't hamsters. They aren't cowed by peer pressure into doing what's popular even if it's stupid.
A load of sarcasm for a planet of morons.