Originally Posted by Autocratic
That is the coolest of stories, bro, but the point isn't that the estate tax isn't cumbersome or um, unfair or something. The point is that it's not "double taxation" any more than just about all taxation is double taxation.
sales/income tax are based on some sort of exchange. theres an economic transaction of wages for labor or money for goods. a guy dying is not an exchange between two parties, its just "lets take this dudes money because we can"
do you think there should be a tax when you open a new bank account and move money from your old one to it? if two people get married and combine their assets should they be taxed first?
your whole world view is "hey that guy has more than me so its fair to steal some of it"