III. Spanish Language
Please translate the following sentences into simple Spanish.
1. “Hello, friends. Do any of you here own a small business?”
2. “Yes, I would love to buy some oranges, thank you. Have you registered to vote yet?”
3. “The point is, any money a person invests has already been taxed, so capital-gains taxes are, in essence, a double taxation. Why should a person be penalized for investing in the American economy?”
4. “Are all of these your children? My, you have a lovely large family!”
5. “Carried interest is a complicated thing, but essentially it’s not truly income in the sense that, say, your wages are income. Unless you’re in private equity. Are you?”
6. “But when you do pay taxes, I’ll want to reduce them.”
7. “You keep nodding ‘Yes.’ Is that because you agree with me, or do you just want me to go somewhere else?”
8. “The vans that the Democratic party says will take you to the polling place will actually take you across the border. Don’t get in them!”
9. “Don’t you just hate all of those Korean immigrants?”
10. “A reduced regulatory environment will increase risk-taking and entrepreneurial capitalism. And don’t forget to dust around the bookcase.”
IV. Essay Questions
Please choose two of the following topics and write a brief (200 words maximum) essay on each. Pay special attention to providing real-life examples to support your argument. Points will be taken off for any of the following: sounding too rich, sounding too weird, mentioning rape.
1. If you think about it in a certain way, just because the local florist and the high-school drama teacher want to get married, that doesn’t mean people will be marrying goats.
2. If you think about it in a certain way, the idea that society and the taxpayers should provide free contraception for an able-bodied thirtysomething lawyer makes a kind of sense.
3. If you think about it in a certain way, increasing government revenue through a reduction of loopholes and a tightening of a set of income definitions really doesn’t count as a “tax increase” per se.
4. If you think about it in a certain way, we really do have a lot to apologize for.