22 Jul 2010

It Will Never Fly, Orville

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The economy is a disaster, the federal government is operating at a deficit unequaled in the history of the Republic, it is essential to find a way of coping with the National Debt in order to restore economic confidence, and the democrats naturally want to raise taxes.

Scott A. Hodge looks at the options for taxing our way back to a balanced budget.

To erase this year’s estimated $1.5 trillion deficit, we would need either to:

Enact a 25% VAT (Greece is still a mess with a 19% VAT);


Take 130% of the taxable profits earned by U.S. companies this year (that’s what you call net opperating losses);


Raise the top three tax brackets (28%, 33%, and 35%) to 100%. Actually, this would still not raise enough money to erase the deficit – of course, assuming all the wealthy taxpayers didn’t flee to Switzerland.


Take 100% of the business income earned by individual taxpayers in 2008.

In other words, new taxes are not the solution to Washington’s deficit problem. That is, unless we want to wreck our economy for decades to come.

Hat tip to James Pethokoukis via the News Junkie.

One Feedback on "It Will Never Fly, Orville"


Fun, but meaningless. You would never want to “erase the debt” even if you could. There is only one way to handle debt — whether you are IBM, Joe’s Garage or the US Government. You have to grow fast enough that the debt service is manageable. Unfortunately, the current Congress and administration are busy enacting legislation that inhibits that growth. They are burdening the economy with so many entitlements, taxes and regulations that drain capital away from the more economically productive activities and direct them to less productive ones.

It is often said that the President wishes the US to become more like the socialist democracies of Europe. Apparently he hasn’t noticed that one of those attributes is slow growth and permanently high unemployment. Under those circumstances, debt service becomes UNmanageable. Eventually the capital markets shut you down.


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