Coming back to Slovakia (Day 211)

Flying over the Tatra mountains on the way to Slovakia

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This morning I started my journey back to Kosice, I was hoping to arrive if possible in time for my physiology lecture however that did not happen. So with an early start I set out for Luton airport (definitely quicker to fly from than to arrive into). Anyway’s this time I was among the first onto the plane and managed to get a semi decent window seat, I was planning to do some revision reading here however was exhausted and fell asleep.

I’m not sure why however I did wake up about an hour before we landed, looking out of the window I saw lots of flooding and realised how sunny it must be over here as there were no clouds to be seen. It really was impressive looking out at the Tatras (a mountain range) with the tips still covered in snow….

Flying over the Tatra mountains on the way to SlovakiaArriving back into Debrecen airport I was actually glad to be back as coming off the plane as people were smiling (complete opposite to arriving in England). Passing through customs was also faster than when I arrived into the UK and I was back on the road less than 30 minutes after touchdown. I went into the city center to find some food which was pretty impressive with a lot of new buildings next to a lot of old buildings. Then it was time to start the drive back to Slovakia which meant we had to go through Miskolc to get onto route 3 which crosses the border into Kosice. Though I’d started at around 5am, I did not arrive back until around 5pm sadly missing physiology, and absolutely exhausted after a great week!

Hopefully I will get more of BSAVA Congress written up over the next few days for you all to enjoy 🙂

Paying for drinks the tax system way by Dr David Kamerschen…

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to £100…

If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this…

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay £1.
The sixth would pay £3.
The seventh would pay £7..
The eighth would pay £12.
The ninth would pay £18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay £59.

So, that’s what they decided to do..

The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve ball.

“Since you are all such good customers,” he said, “I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by £20”. Drinks for the ten men would now cost just £80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes.

So the first four men were unaffected.

They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men?
The paying customers?

How could they divide the £20 windfall so that everyone would get his fair share?

They realised that £20 divided by six is £3.33. But if they
subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer.

So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by a higher percentage the poorer he was, to follow the principle of the tax system they had been using, and he proceeded to work out the amounts he suggested that each should now pay.

And so the fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% saving).
The sixth now paid £2 instead of £3 (33% saving).
The seventh now paid £5 instead of £7 (28% saving).
The eighth now paid £9 instead of £12 (25% saving).
The ninth now paid £14 instead of £18 (22% saving).
The tenth now paid £49 instead of £59 (16% saving).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But, once outside the bar, the men began to compare their savings.

“I only got a pound out of the £20 saving,” declared the sixth man.

He pointed to the tenth man,”but he got £10!”

“Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I only saved a pound too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more benefit than me!”

“That’s true!” shouted the seventh man. “Why should he get £10 back, when I got only £2? The wealthy get all the breaks!”

“Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in unison, “we didn’t get anything at all. This new tax system exploits the poor!”

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had their beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and government ministers, is how our tax system works.

The people who already pay the highest taxes will naturally get the most benefit from a tax reduction.

Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore.

In fact, they might start drinking overseas, where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics.

For those who understand, no explanation is needed.
For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible