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Democrats' Leftward Drift Is Blocking Tax Reform

indyconantidim Wrote: May 21, 2012 7:51 AM
The bottom line is the federal government must make real cuts across the board and then negotiate why they can't. Only by hammering out every staff job, earmark and tax break in Congress can the American public be sure there savings. Otherwise lawyer-politicians will find a way to take the American dime. Actually we know dims will never do this so they must go. That should be the 2012 theme. Not another dime until you cut.

Is Washington gridlock the GOP’s fault? That’s what Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute and Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution claim in a recent Washington Post op-ed. According to them, Republicans have become “ideologically extreme” and are blocking needed bipartisan reforms.

That certainly isn’t true, with respect to tax reform. The landmark Tax Reform Act of 1986, which slashed tax rates in a bipartisan deal, passed both chambers with large majorities. It was designed so as not to raise taxes on any income group. But today, the Democrats are not interested in any such revenue-neutral deal.


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