Felix Salmon

Deaths foretold

By Felix Salmon
December 30, 2009

Ryan Avent worries about the incentives built into the 2010 repeal of the estate tax:

This is a much happier state of affairs than is likely to prevail a year from now, when families are struggling to hurry grandpa off this mortal coil by the time the ball drops in Times Square.

I’m looking forward to a covert market in death certificates at the end of 2010: doctors willing to formally decree an individual dead, which event would be swiftly followed by a small cremation ceremony with immediate family only. And then a mysterious resident in the guest house on St Bart’s, whom nobody ever talks about.

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