[This is] one of the most immoral statements I have read in a long timeUhh...yeah...and it's thoroughly mistaken too.
The Laffer Curve is a graph of how to maximize tax revenue. However, that's not what we want. What we're really interested in...as anyone more intelligent than an average garden gnome should know...is maximizing social benefit. Given that
(a) unless you work for the government, you have to make your money by trading with someone...exchanging value for value...And
(b) if you don't work for yourself...they pay you based on how much money they estimate you bring in (over long time frames)...
(c) your working has created stuff with value greater than that of the forgone money.
If you want the welfare of the citizens, the goal should be to maximize the value created by the value-creators, not the tax-take. Once one considers the value wasted on tax loopholes, and the foregone work...we note that the amount of value destroyed for the non-rich citizenry is substantially above the tax-take...at a rate of $2 or $3 per dollar taxed.
IIRC, I've linked Dan Mitchell here with the math before.