Wow, you really got me there with the stupidity thing. Ouch. Simply saying that "higher tax rates have a negative effect on the economy" is simply false. Higher than what? We have had plenty of periods of economic growth while taxes were higher than they are now. I will grant you that there is debate about how high or low taxes should be, and that there is a point where taxation can negatively effect an economy, but where that point is is the subject of vibrant debate among respected economists on both sides.