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Conservatives 1, Progressives 0
National Review Online, by Douglas Holtz-Eakin

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 1/3/2013 7:26:10 AM

Conservatives have lost the messaging battle on taxes. The public has bought into the notion that they exclusively care about keeping taxes on the rich low (at the expense of the middle class) and that the growth effects of disguised spending (tax credits) are the same as marginal rate reductions. But stepping back to survey the larger picture, it looks like conservatives have won the war. Beginning with Ronald Reagan’s Economic Recovery Tax Act, conservatives have waged a 30-year war over low tax rates. Consider that in 1979

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: M2, 1/3/2013 9:01:44 AM     (No. 9096174)

"It could have been worse" isn´t the point.

Here´s what bothers me, especially the last phrase which I´ve bolded:

The tax code remains in need of a fundamental overhaul to improve its international competitiveness (a lower corporate rate and a move to a territorial tax system), growth incentives, and the appearance of fairness.

Who sets what "appears" to be fair? It´s always the Left who set the bar of fairness. First, "fairness" is not part of the tax code and shouldn´t be. The tax code should set a number or a percentage that all taxpayers should abide by. By doing that, it´s "fair".

But I deeply resent that the GOP never talks about the Left setting the bar for what is "fair". Were I a congressman or Senator when Obama brings up "fairness", I´d ask him if flitting around on AF1 on OUR tax dollars is fair, while his policies have cut millions of jobs out of the public sector.

And that´s just for starters. If I hear "fairness" from the Left again, I´m going to break something.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: zoidberg, 1/3/2013 9:48:36 AM     (No. 9096275)

The definition of "fair" is an event where men compete to hurl dessicated bovine feces for the greatest distance.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Pinchem, 1/3/2013 10:03:23 AM     (No. 9096319)

#2...I like that except I´d change it to "where Liberals compete"....etc.


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Reply 4 - Posted by: farmwife, 1/3/2013 10:32:40 AM     (No. 9096394)

The purpose of taxation is to fund the services of government. The burden should be spread over all citizens. There should be no argument over that. The only argument we should be having is what we chose to fund. And I wouldn´t fund more than half og what government presently spends.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: stablemoney, 1/3/2013 10:39:38 AM     (No. 9096412)

I don´t think people have bought into anything. As for conservatives losing, I think it has been conservatives winning, and GOP go along get along types losing.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: OdinsAcolyte, 1/3/2013 11:14:32 AM     (No. 9096492)

I do not believe the public has bought the idea. Our reps and senators just say that to justify their own greed for more power more money. Did you know they lie in Washington D.C.?

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