Reduce Taxes to Reduce the Deficit?
President George W. Bush urged Congress to make permanent the tax cuts enacted during his first term and draft legislation to bolster the Social Security program, after the lawmakers return from their August break. “The tax relief stimulated economic vitality and growth and it has helped increase revenues to the Treasury,” Bush said in his weekly radio address. “The increased revenues and our spending restraint have led to good progress in reducing the federal deficit.”…
In looking at the data presented by Jim Hamilton, it doesn’t look good for this claim. While the idea of reducing tax rates can increase tax revenue is theoretically possible it just hasn’t happened all that often. Further, Bush’s track record in regards to controlling/reducing spending is…shall we say goddamned freaking awful (and that is being polite)?
Is there a reason to make the tax cuts permanent? Maybe, but the idea of reducing the deficit is just not one of them. I’d like to see tax rates lower because I’d also like to see the government doing less (i.e. cut spending). But given what we have seen from Bush this is just not going to happen.