A Fine Mess
T. R. Reid once again looks around the world for policy guidance in an area where the United States could do better. In A Fine Mess -- A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax Code, Reid looks at countries like ours --advanced, high-tech capitalist democracies --and finds that they have made taxation vastly simpler than our convoluted, inequitable system. In the Netherlands, filing your income tax return takes 15 minutes; in Britain and Japan, it takes no time, because the revenue agency fills out the return for you. And many countries spread the tax burden more fairly, with the richest people paying the most tax (unlike the U.S.).
Reid's take is generally hopeful: "The Japanese are good at recovering from disaster; after all, they've had a lot of practice."
T. R. Reid's section of the book predicts that Japan will respond to the disasters with its standard traits of patience, order, and hard work
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