Tax Rascal

Will Tax Cuts Pull Us Out of this Sluggish Economy?

Categories: Business, Economy, Politics, Tax Policy

The ongoing debate in economic philosophy is the effect of tax policy on economic growth.  Some argue that tax increases to the wealthy can provide additional funding to federal and state agencies and provide much needed aid to the middle and lower class. Furthermore, centrally planned investment in infrastructure can create jobs and spur economic growth. The alternate theory is that reducing tax rates for everyone, including the rich, and austere government spending can produce the desired effect of private sector investment and job creation. What is the right approach, and is there evidence to support either philosophy?

The graph below illustrates the data obtained from the Bureau of Economic Statistics and the Tax Policy Center. From 1970 to 2011, … Read more...


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