Study: People Who Pay More Taxes Are Happier

There’s a German study that was published that will likely find its way to U.S. Democrats and some Republicans. It claims to have found that people who pay more taxes are happier than those who pay less.

The research spanned 26 years, during which time 25,000 Germans were asked the question, “How satisfied are you with your life, all things considered?” The demographics tied to each respondent’s answer were things such as income, age, education and other variables. The research concluded that those who paid higher taxes reported “higher levels of happiness.” The Wall Street Journal explored reasons for such a phenomenon:

“One reason could be that people enjoy the public goods and services made possible by taxes. For example, German households who regularly attended cultural events such as concerts and plays, which are at least partially publicly funded in Germany, were happier to pay taxes than ‘inactive’ households. Other possible factors include a sense that redistributing wealth is necessary, altruism, and a measure of ‘tax morale,’ the sense that there is a ‘moral obligation to pay taxes and if you don’t do it, you might feel bad about it,’ co-author Sebastian Siegloch, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Cologne, said in an interview Wednesday.”

I can think of another possible reason. What’s that old saying? Ignorance is bliss. If this study is truly representative of what people think in Germany, that wealth redistribution is necessary, and paying more in taxes makes them feel “altruistic,” that tells me they don’t know what they’re doing. They’re happy living in socialism. Ignorant, but happy.

But, there’s something else. I think this “study” is completely stupid. I imagine if these same panel of experts asked me how satisfied I was with my life, all things considered, I would tell them “very satisfied.” Their question doesn’t address whether or not I’m ok with our tax system. It just asks if I’m happy. They’re two totally different things.

I can honestly say that I’m happier now than I was 4 years ago, and that’s in spite of Obama and in spite of taxes. There are many factors affecting our level of “happiness,” and there are other sources of happiness. I have a wife and kids and family and friends. I’m grateful knowing that I have a place to live and can work a couple jobs. But that hardly means I’m ok with wealth redistribution. It doesn’t mean that I think it’s selfless of me to allow the government to take from me what it deems my “fair share.” I have no choice in the matter.

There’s another facet here. Many in America are on some kind of welfare:  government housing, government healthcare, food stamps, straight welfare or all of the above. Many of them pay little or no taxes. I would guess if they were posited the same question about being satisfied with their lives, they would respond that they’re not satisfied.

Consider the worst case scenario:  living in a government house, getting food stamps to buy smokes and liquor, receiving welfare checks every month, not working, not paying taxes. If I were in that situation, I would completely miserable, and I wouldn’t be paying any taxes. Then this “study” would confirm that those that paid little or no taxes were not happy with their lives, suggesting that the converse was also true.

The study is stupid, but I wouldn’t be surprised if politicians and media started referring to it to justify more socialism.


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000403282361 Ernest Murphy

    Study.. 9 out of 10 Doctors who smoke prefer Camel non filters.

  • http://www.survivingurbancrisis.com/ Silas Longshot

    The reason they're 'happier' is because they're stinkin' rich! That's why they pay more taxes!

  • Ilene

    We have the ones who work and pay real estate taxes, food taxes, restaurant taxes, sales tax and whatever, pay for the 47% who pay no tax---and they are still unhappy?

  • eddyjames

    The real reason they are happier is because they have more money to start with. Duh!

  • ste1021

    If the article is correct, I should be REALLY happy while 50% of the population must be REALLY sad!

  • http://www.facebook.com/grant.halverson.1 Grant Halverson

    I keep saying that Germany and the other socialist countries are NOT America. What makes us different is our constitutional God given freedoms, including a freedom to strive to be the best we can be - prosperous if that is the path we choose. Look where Germany was less than 100 years ago when Hitler 'ruled' Germany. East Germany just became FREE under Ronald Reagan in the 1980's. Of course these folks will be happier - they are no longer under oppressive communism...

  • fountainaire

    If its true make everyone pay not just the rich

  • Jack Parker

    Two words. "B" and "S"!

  • WhiteFalcon

    Germans can be stupid, like when they voted Adolph Hitler into power. This is another stupid and pointless so called study.

  • SIR JAMES

    I you search long enough and hard enough you will find what you're looking for. Here in the USED TO BE FREE AMERICA we all have found our puppet though some call them dummys. We have only to look at the mainstream media - CFR - and Washington D.C. even though people have forgotten that the District of Columbia is a seperate country and NOT THE U.S.A.

  • Drik

    People whose lives are working are happier. Those are also the people that the government targets with its taxes. Correlation is not causality. Agreed it is a stupid study.

  • http://profiles.google.com/baysidegolfclub Bayside GolfClub

    People who pay taxes are more in control of their lives. People who do not pay taxes are not in control of their lives. They are in dependency and constant fear they will lose what they have no control over. And they are being set up for the big fall as in Greece and across Europe.
    THIS is what the study tells us. Did they really need a 26 year "study" to document what any person already knows?

  • silverbackV

    Or could it be the people that wrote the article, conducted the survey and responded to the survey are aliens from planet BS?