Tax cuts: Who needs facts? | Arkansas Blog

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Tax cuts: Who needs facts?

Posted By on Sat, Sep 11, 2010 at 8:08 AM

Politics will determine the issue of the Bush tax cuts, even though a decade of proof testifies to their ineffectiveness as economic stimulus. Here's more thought on the tonic in the tax cuts:

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office this year analyzed the short-term effects of 11 policy options and found that extending the tax cuts would be the least effective way to spur the economy and reduce unemployment. The report added that tax cuts for high earners would have the smallest “bang for the buck,” because wealthy Americans were more likely to save their money than spend it.

The office gave higher marks to the proposal, now embraced by President Obama, to allow small businesses to write off 100 percent of their investment costs.

Neither of those options, though, would do as much to stimulate the economy as offering direct payments to the unemployed and Social Security recipients or reducing the payroll taxes of workers, the study found. But those proposals — as well as aid to states and municipalities — are considered politically untenable with many elected officials reluctant to even utter the word “stimulus” after the $787 billion stimulus.

More stimulus, not bigger gold vaults for billionaires.

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