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  •  You can have your own opinions... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...but you can't have your own math. A tax increase from 3% to 5% is, in fact, a 66% increase, not a "2% increase," though one could describe it as a "2 percentage point increase," which is not the same thing.

    Intended to be a factual statement.

    by ipsos on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 04:24:53 PM PDT

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    •  It's both a 2% and a 66% increase (2+ / 0-)
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      Oh Mary Oh, Sandy on Signal

      An increase from 3% to 5% is BOTH a 2% increase and a 66% increase, depending on what it's computed as a percentage of. It's an increase by 2% of income, and 66% in the tax rate.

      Given that there are two ways to describe the change, it's telling that they use the more dramatic version consistently.

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