That’s right. If you’re an investor (and everyone should be in some form, even in this lousy economic climate), then you’re being ripped off by the capital gains tax. Not only is it a form of double taxation that should be eliminated, but, even at the current relatively low rates, you still lose because of inflation. In fact, as this Center for Freedom and Prosperity video demonstrates, it is quite possible to pay taxes on a “gain” that is actually a loss:
It’s like getting mugged and then being forced to pay for the mugger’s cab fare. Some fun, eh?
More seriously, this kind of taxation eventually discourages investment, which hampers economic growth and job creation, something we just don’t need.