Thursday, October 13, 2011

Hand me my Shotgun!

Nice piece today that will finally, I hope, deliver the head-shot to the zombie lie that tax-cuts will pay for themselves.
Can tax cuts “pay for themselves,” inducing so much additional economic growth that government revenue actually increases, rather than decreases? The evidence clearly says no.

Nevertheless, a version of this idea, under the guise of “dynamic scoring,” has apparently surfaced in the supercommittee charged with deficit reduction — the joint Congressional committee with 12 members. Dynamic scoring sounds technical or perhaps even scientific, but here the argument means simply that any pro-growth effect of tax cuts should be stressed when assessing potential policy changes (e.g., reforming the tax code). For anyone seriously concerned with fiscal responsibility, this is a dangerous notion.
No bad idea ever escapes the event horizon generated by Republican black hole ideology.

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