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htfb From: htfb Date: December 10th, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
We crossed in the posting, so I hadn't seen your thoughts on tax when I was writing.

I don't like your analogy with the cancer treatment. There's a difference between the things the state provides as insurance, and the services it provides which people elect to take up: you don't object to paying for council parking charges.

The pass was sold long ago on the idea that a HE student is the beneficiary of extraordinary inputs and, if they realise that benefit in a higher income, should expect to pay back somehow.

Calling something a "tax" implies that it's gathered coercively and of course you're right that the coercive powers of the state should be applied even-handedly. My scheme handles this by crystallising the obligation as an ordinary debt if you renege on the agreement, which can then be enforced using the ordinary processes. I have all the answers, me.
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