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Morning Bell: Just Don’t Call It a Tax Hike
Posted By Conn Carroll On March 14, 2008 @ 9:32 am In Enterprise and Free Markets,The Morning Bell | No Comments
It is not common to advocate for tax increases as the economic outlook darkens , but that is exactly what liberals in Congress did yesterday when the House and Senate passed budget blueprints. Sympathetic minds  in the press are determined to portray the budget proposals as only letting “tax cuts expire “, but the American people are smart enough to know that only in Washington can increasing the tax burden of Americans by $683 billion be considered anything but a massive tax hike. Liberals will claim they are only taxing the rich, but the Democrat budget voted for by Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton would raise taxes  on individuals making as little as $31,850 and couples earning $63,700.
Democrats declined to explain yesterday how their plans to raise taxes could possibly help the ailing U.S. economy. After all, just last month Congress passed a stimulus package based on the idea that giving Americans a tax rebate would help economic growth. Apparently something happened in the intervening weeks that made letting Americans keep and spend their own money bad for the economy. Perhaps liberals remembered the 1993 tax hikes and now believe that taxing and spending is the best path to economic recovery. This is just not so. A review of recent literature  on tax hikes and economic growth shows cutting taxes is far more strongly linked to economic growth. Furthermore, a specific look at the 1993 tax hikes  shows that not only was the economy entering its eighth quarter of recovery by the time they were enacted, but the growth that succeeded them was much smaller than the growth after the 1997 tax cuts.
The tax increases in the House budget will significantly harm the economy. A Center for Data Analysis study  on the budget shows it could cause a loss of more than $100 billion in GDP in 2012 and could also reduce job creation by more than 1 million jobs that year. Every taxpayer could also expect to pay, on average, more than $2,000 in taxes in 2012, while also losing an average of $1,767 in personal income.
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URLs in this post:
 economic outlook darkens: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Economy/wm1839.cfm
 Sympathetic minds: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23612342/
 tax cuts expire: http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2008-03-13-senate-tax_N.htm
 raise taxes: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8VCQHLG0&show_article=1
 review of recent literature: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Taxes/bg2095.cfm
 specific look at the 1993 tax hikes: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Taxes/wm1835.cfm
 study: http://author.heritage.org/research/budget/budgetres09.htm
 Gallup polling: http://www.gallup.com/poll/104977/Americans-Concerned-About-Impact-Leaving-Iraq.aspx
 unions are now seeking to turn formerly private sector employees into public employees agains: http://www.sacbee.com/walters/story/784902.html
 driving more illegal immigrant smugglers to the ocean: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/nation/5618385.html
 Darfur conflict: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080314/wl_nm/darfur_china_report_dc
 study: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/rich-noyes/2008/03/13/while-no-d-eliot-spitzer-vitter-craig-always-tagged-gop
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