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Higher Tax Rates Won't Support Entitlement State

Kenneth L. Wrote: Dec 06, 2012 9:07 AM
"Barack Obama and the Democrats may well get higher tax rates. But it's not likely that high tax rates can ever generate enough revenue to fund unreformed entitlement programs." Wow. I think you may have pushed the art of understatement to its ultimate absurdity, Mr. Barone. And this is why the bland, blah, blah, blah of the mainstream media puts people to sleep, and why nobody is able to "get" this tax policy issues. Why don't you do a little real work. I'd like to know how many small businesses would be affected by the change in rates. I'd like to see a little discussion about baseline budgeting. I'd like to hear an explanation of Hauser's law, to which you allude without attribution.
Kenneth L. Wrote: Dec 06, 2012 9:08 AM
Or maybe you should avoid writing on subjects about which you appear to know so little.
The fiscal cliff negotiations seem to be foundering on Barack Obama's insistence on higher tax rates on high earners and House Republican leaders' insistence on opposing them. The president believes he has a mandate from voters for his position, and House Republicans believe they have a mandate from voters for theirs.

The real argument here is over the size and scope of government. Under Barack Obama, federal outlays -- the technical term for federal spending -- have increased to 24 and 25 percent of gross domestic product.

That's a higher level of federal spending than in any year since 1946, when...