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Tobin Tax is madness for Europe, and economic war against Britain
Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7:40PM BST 10 Apr 2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

Posted on 04/26/2013 9:30:27 AM PDT by Olog-hai

France’s experiment with the Tobin Tax has proved a spectacular flop. Its finance ministry admits that the scattershot levy on financial transactions has raised just a third of the money expected since August. Total takings will be a paltry €800 million ($1.04 billion) in 2013, but that overlooks the much greater damage inflicted on French finance, industry and the government’s own tax base. “France is shooting itself in the foot,” said Paul-Henri de La Porte du Theil, head of French finance industry AFG. …

The House of Lords EU Committee says the Tobin Tax will have “far-reaching adverse consequences” for the City and wants a challenge at the European Court. Lord Harrison said he is “highly alarmed” that the Tobin Tax has been allowed to creep on us and slammed the “complacency” of both Whitehall and the City. “Some in London appear to hope that by closing their eyes to the proposal, it will go away.”

Whether or not you think there is a concerted assault on Britain, the fact is that for the first time in EU history a major country has been overridden in a field where it is the dominant player and has a vital interest. The rules of the game are that Germany is never threatened on the car industry, nor France on agriculture. This principle has been breached. It is a declaration of economic war. …

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: economicwar; eussr; londonfinance; tobintax
Dates back to the 10th of this month, but I didn’t see it posted on here. Any Tobin tax is a disaster waiting to happen. Of course just recently, both the UK and Italy filed suit in the very prejudiced (towards the EU) European Court of Justice, which means a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing.
1 posted on 04/26/2013 9:30:28 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
O's owners/handlers won't allow it.

Is the Obama Administration's Opposition to a Financial Transactions Tax Weakening?
Thursday, April 18, 2013

2 posted on 04/26/2013 10:05:08 AM PDT by haffast (Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. -Abe Lincoln)
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To: Olog-hai

Much like the US needs a real barrier on our southern border, the UK needs to exit the EU, man the forts and let the channel be their barrier. Maybe fill the chunnel w/ cement, too. RIP Baroness Thatcher.

I generally agree with AE-P.

3 posted on 04/26/2013 10:25:11 AM PDT by citizen (We get the government we choose. America either voted for Obama or handed it to him by not voting.)
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To: BillyBoy; GeronL; UKConservative

It’s UKIP time.

4 posted on 04/26/2013 11:33:00 PM PDT by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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I have no idea what the "Tobin tax" is (and the article doesn't explain it, either).

I really like a horribly destructive tax being called the "Tobin tax" though, since one of the people we can thank for Pat Quinn stealing the election is National Taxpayer's Union president Jim Tobin. This self-described "taxpayer's watchdog" actually endorsed Quinn's disgraced running mate, Scott Lee Cohen, for Governor. Not only that, he even took the step of mailing out anti-Bill Brady attack ads (calling Bill Brady an "enemy of taxpayers") despite that according to NTU's OWN scorecard, Brady had the second HIGHEST "pro-taxpayer" voting record in the entire Illinois Senate.

We need to start calling Quinn's tax hike, "the Tobin tax", since this supposed "taxpayer's watchdog" is directly responsible for helping re-elect Quinn after Quinn vowed to raise taxes.

Bottom line, closet liberals like David Cameron and Jim Tobin need to be purged from any further conservative support.

5 posted on 04/27/2013 12:21:17 PM PDT by BillyBoy ( Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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From Wikipedia:

A Tobin tax, suggested by Nobel Laureate economist James Tobin, was originally defined as a tax on all spot conversions of one currency into another. The tax is intended to put a penalty on short-term financial round-trip excursions into another currency.

6 posted on 04/27/2013 12:32:38 PM PDT by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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Interesting. Two prominent douchebag economists from Illinois named “James Tobin”. I’m surprised no one pointed it out before. I wonder if they’re related. The older Tobin died in 2002.
James Tobin
Known for: Neo-Keynesian economics
Born March 5, 1918
Champaign, Illinois, USA
Tobin followed primary school at the University Laboratory High School of Urbana, Illinois, a laboratory school in the university’s campus. Tobin did his undergraduate and graduate work at Harvard University, with an interruption to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Since 1950 he has been an economics professor at Yale University.
James Tobin (economist)
Known for: Founding the Chicago-based organization, Taxpayers United of America, in 1976
Born 1946
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Tobin received an M.A. in International Economics from Northern Illinois University. He worked for nine years as a Federal Reserve Bank Examiner, specializing in international finance.

7 posted on 04/27/2013 12:49:30 PM PDT by BillyBoy ( Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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8 posted on 04/27/2013 2:07:50 PM PDT by GeronL (
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To: BillyBoy

It could be a coincidence but I’d bet they are related.

9 posted on 04/29/2013 3:42:41 PM PDT by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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