Status Quo Tax

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But don't stress the exact numbers too much. With the lightbulbs, there was an extremely fast return on investment. Even without the status quo tax it makes sense to replace all your bulbs today. The idea though is that the status quo tax gradually accumulates and eventually allows you to try impractically expensive things. Continuing the electricity example, my "free" CRTs were also power guzzlers. But since they turn off after 15 minutes they don't actually use much electricity. If all you are looking at is ROI, keep your CRTs. However the 20% tax was able to fund replacing them with LCD panels, for a modest saving of electricity and a more substantial quality of life improvement.

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