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Why the GOP Won't Admit Supply-Side Econ Has Failed
The Fiscal Times ^ | 12/4/2012 | Mark Thoma

Posted on 12/04/2012 8:25:22 AM PST by ksen

The Republican Party has long promoted itself as the party of business. Republicans understand the needs of business, we are told, and if the country would leave the economy in their hands business would boom. All we need to do is to give those at the very top of the income distribution – the “job creators” – more income through tax breaks, and then sit back and wait for the magic happen. Our investment in the wealthy will produce remarkable economic growth, and everyone will be better off.

The Bush tax cuts were a test of these claims about supply-side economic policies. To justify the tax cuts the nation was, in effect, given a business prospectus from the Republican Party. We were promised that cutting taxes on the wealthy would result in much higher economic growth and broadly shared prosperity. For those who wondered how we would pay for such a large cut to the government’s revenue stream, the Republican prospectus had a remarkable claim. The tax cuts wouldn’t cost us anything. Growth would be so strong that the tax cuts would more than pay for themselves. Even those who admitted that the tax cuts might not be fully self-financing still made strong claims about faster economic growth offsetting much of the lost revenue from the tax cuts.

The reality, of course, has been quite different. There is little evidence that the Bush tax cuts, or any other tax cuts directed at the so-called job creators, have had a noticeable effect on economic growth. And the promise of broadly shared prosperity has not been realized. Most of the gains from economic growth in recent decades have gone to the top of the income distribution while the inflation adjusted wages of the working class have been relatively flat. Furthermore, the tax cuts have not paid for themselves as promised, and it hasn’t even been close. The Bush tax cuts have already cost us trillions in revenue, and if they are extended for high income tax payers, they will cost us roughly another trillion over the next decade.

The failure of Republicans to deliver on their promise that tax cuts would be mostly self-financing is a large factor in the deterioration in our long-run fiscal outlook, and it is putting considerable pressure on programs such as Social Security. In fact, the Bush tax cuts can be thought of as a loan from the Social Security Trust Fund that was supposed to be paid back with the revenues from higher economic growth, a loan that is presently in default.

To see this, recall that the government began intentionally collecting a surplus from the Social Security program beginning in 1983 in order to prefund the retirement needs of baby boomers. The idea was to run a surplus for several decades while the baby-boomers were still working to get ready for the deficit years the system would experience after they retired.

The revenue from Social Security over and above what was needed to fund payouts reduced the overall government debt and allowed taxes to be lower than they could have been without these surplus funds. For example, the surplus that Bush inherited from the Clinton administration was largely due to the Social Security Trust Fund, and Bush argued it would be better to give this surplus to the private sector through tax cuts than to leave it in the hands of the government. But it wasn’t better. The income of the wealthy grew as they pocketed the tax cuts, but workers experienced stagnant wages, a recession that hit working class households particularly hard, and intense pressure to cut important social programs.

Despite their failed promises, the Republican Party is asking that we extend the tax cuts for the wealthy, and some are even calling for further reductions in tax rates. However, if the Republican Party is truly the party of business, then surely it will understand that no responsible financial institution would continue to invest in a business that failed meet, or even come close to the growth and revenue projections that justified the investment in the first place. The payoffs from tax cuts that were promised during the Bush years have not been realized, and the failed promises about growth and revenue have damaged the health, education, and retirement programs the working class depends upon in our increasingly globalized economy.

A true party of business would end our investment in the false promise of supply-side economics. However, a party with a goal of reducing the scale of programs such as Social Security and Medicare along with delivering tax cuts to wealthy political backers would use arguments about the economic effects of tax cuts to disguise its true intentions. Which description fits best? Many Republicans still claim that tax cuts for the wealthy enhance economic growth despite the evidence to the contrary, but it’s rare to hear a Republican admit that these supply-side policies have failed.

The Republican Party has long promoted itself as the party of business. Republicans understand the needs of business, we are told, and if the country would leave the economy in their hands business would boom. All we need to do is to give those at the very top of the income distribution – the “job creators” – more income through tax breaks, and then sit back and wait for the magic happen. Our investment in the wealthy will produce remarkable economic growth, and everyone will be better off.

The Bush tax cuts were a test of these claims about supply-side economic policies. To justify the tax cuts the nation was, in effect, given a business prospectus from the Republican Party. We were promised that cutting taxes on the wealthy would result in much higher economic growth and broadly shared prosperity. For those who wondered how we would pay for such a large cut to the government’s revenue stream, the Republican prospectus had a remarkable claim. The tax cuts wouldn’t cost us anything. Growth would be so strong that the tax cuts would more than pay for themselves. Even those who admitted that the tax cuts might not be fully self-financing still made strong claims about faster economic growth offsetting much of the lost revenue from the tax cuts.

The reality, of course, has been quite different. There is little evidence that the Bush tax cuts, or any other tax cuts directed at the so-called job creators, have had a noticeable effect on economic growth. And the promise of broadly shared prosperity has not been realized. Most of the gains from economic growth in recent decades have gone to the top of the income distribution while the inflation adjusted wages of the working class have been relatively flat. Furthermore, the tax cuts have not paid for themselves as promised, and it hasn’t even been close. The Bush tax cuts have already cost us trillions in revenue, and if they are extended for high income tax payers, they will cost us roughly another trillion over the next decade.

The failure of Republicans to deliver on their promise that tax cuts would be mostly self-financing is a large factor in the deterioration in our long-run fiscal outlook, and it is putting considerable pressure on programs such as Social Security. In fact, the Bush tax cuts can be thought of as a loan from the Social Security Trust Fund that was supposed to be paid back with the revenues from higher economic growth, a loan that is presently in default.

To see this, recall that the government began intentionally collecting a surplus from the Social Security program beginning in 1983 in order to prefund the retirement needs of baby boomers. The idea was to run a surplus for several decades while the baby-boomers were still working to get ready for the deficit years the system would experience after they retired.

The revenue from Social Security over and above what was needed to fund payouts reduced the overall government debt and allowed taxes to be lower than they could have been without these surplus funds. For example, the surplus that Bush inherited from the Clinton administration was largely due to the Social Security Trust Fund, and Bush argued it would be better to give this surplus to the private sector through tax cuts than to leave it in the hands of the government. But it wasn’t better. The income of the wealthy grew as they pocketed the tax cuts, but workers experienced stagnant wages, a recession that hit working class households particularly hard, and intense pressure to cut important social programs.

Despite their failed promises, the Republican Party is asking that we extend the tax cuts for the wealthy, and some are even calling for further reductions in tax rates. However, if the Republican Party is truly the party of business, then surely it will understand that no responsible financial institution would continue to invest in a business that failed meet, or even come close to the growth and revenue projections that justified the investment in the first place. The payoffs from tax cuts that were promised during the Bush years have not been realized, and the failed promises about growth and revenue have damaged the health, education, and retirement programs the working class depends upon in our increasingly globalized economy.

A true party of business would end our investment in the false promise of supply-side economics. However, a party with a goal of reducing the scale of programs such as Social Security and Medicare along with delivering tax cuts to wealthy political backers would use arguments about the economic effects of tax cuts to disguise its true intentions. Which description fits best? Many Republicans still claim that tax cuts for the wealthy enhance economic growth despite the evidence to the contrary, but it’s rare to hear a Republican admit that these supply-side policies have failed.


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As far as I've been able to find there is no empirical evidence that shows a statistically significant link between tax rates and GDP growth, positive or negative, and I've been looking.

And it is true that since supply-side became ascendant the fruits of additional GDP growth have become more and more concentrated in the upper income levels.

1 posted on 12/04/2012 8:25:27 AM PST by ksen
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To: ksen

Since when was supply-side ever really in place? Sure, Reagan talked about it, but was it ever really implemented properly?


2 posted on 12/04/2012 8:27:06 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: ksen

The Bush tax cuts were not a test of supply side economics. There were no tax cuts. All spending is paid for one way or another and Bush jacked up spending.

He was a Keynesian.

You fool, the country was screwed yet again by Keynesian manipulations and you blame it on Supply side.

Blind ignorant fool.


3 posted on 12/04/2012 8:30:22 AM PST by DManA
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To: dfwgator

That sounds suspiciously like the claim that communism was never implemented properly.


4 posted on 12/04/2012 8:30:32 AM PST by ksen
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To: ksen

Supply side did fine for a while. But all economic methods have weaknesses and the longer you run under the theory the more pain those weaknesses stack up and drag the economy down. We should have bailed on supply side by the end of Bush 1’s term.


5 posted on 12/04/2012 8:31:21 AM PST by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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To: ksen

Communism can never be implemented “properly” because it goes against human nature...Supply-Side acknowledges human nature and incorporates it into it.


6 posted on 12/04/2012 8:31:47 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: DManA
The Bush tax cuts were not a test of supply side economics. There were no tax cuts.

Now you just sound desperate.

7 posted on 12/04/2012 8:31:47 AM PST by ksen
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To: ksen

“There is little evidence that the Bush tax cuts, or any other tax cuts directed at the so-called job creators, have had a noticeable effect on economic growth.”

Nonsense.


8 posted on 12/04/2012 8:31:47 AM PST by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: Lee'sGhost
Nonsense

It's not nonsense

Perhaps you have an empirical study that does show a statistically significant link between marginal rates and GDP growth?

9 posted on 12/04/2012 8:34:30 AM PST by ksen
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To: ksen

Now you just sound like a troll.


10 posted on 12/04/2012 8:35:00 AM PST by DManA
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To: ksen
As far as I've been able to find there is no empirical evidence that shows a statistically significant link between tax rates and GDP growth, positive or negative, and I've been looking.

Here are a couple of books that might help:


11 posted on 12/04/2012 8:36:36 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: DManA

Yeah, stay classy.


12 posted on 12/04/2012 8:37:20 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: ksen

When you have the mainstream media blaming everything going bad in America on the Republicans and hidding and shielding every evil by O’bummer, what can you expect?
The Repubicans in Congress had just better nuckle down and do the right thing, no matter what, instead of trying to protect their cushy jobs. They’re going to get blamed what ever bad happens anyway. So, if there is no more Republicans, who then can they blame if the country goes to hell as it is doing right now? Maybe then the people in this country will start wising up and throw the bastards out, including their media. Then, it will time for a Revolution.


13 posted on 12/04/2012 8:37:59 AM PST by Vinylly
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To: ksen

The evidence is clear from the government data. You can start by reading this.

“The post-tax-cut surge in economic growth and tax revenues helped drive down the deficit from 3.5% of gross domestic product in 2004 to 2.6% in 2005, to 1.9% in 2006 and to a manageable 1.2% in 2007.”

Read More At IBD: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-perspective/113012-635352-bush-tax-cuts-did-not-cause-deficits.htm#ixzz2E6MZRQKP

As for wealth concentration, can you show me the evidence where the middle and lower class is worse off than they were 50 years ago? Everyone of them have heated/air conditioned homes, cars, flat screen tvs, phones etc.?


14 posted on 12/04/2012 8:39:53 AM PST by koraz
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To: ksen

If the marginal rate is 100% how much growth do you think we’d have?

Is it just a coincidence that marginal rates dropped in the 60’s and 70’s and the economy boomed?


15 posted on 12/04/2012 8:40:08 AM PST by DManA
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To: ksen

Get thee to Daily Kos, troll.


16 posted on 12/04/2012 8:40:08 AM PST by DesScorp
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To: DManA

He/she/it IS a troll.
Seen it here posting like a goofball before.


17 posted on 12/04/2012 8:40:35 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: ksen

I only had to read a couple of lines of this article. You waste your time reading the rest. Does Barack Obama like lots of money for himself? Does Hillary Clinton like lots of money for herself? Does Harry Reid like lots of money for himself? Does Nancy Pelosi like lots of money for herself? I have a grudging respect for Mao. At least he had to go on a long hike and cut some throats before he pulled the big con of tyranny masquerading as socialism on the Chinese. Our tyrants just go to law school and then become Democrats and then try to foist tyranny on us masquerading as socialists. They don’t even take a good hike, first.


18 posted on 12/04/2012 8:40:39 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: DManA
Now you just sound like a troll.

"Now?" This troll's been shopping the leftist line for a while.

19 posted on 12/04/2012 8:41:05 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: ksen

Revisionist history, as far as I know. The Bush tax cuts generated decent economic growth, low unemployment, and improving government revenues during the period after they were fully enacted (2004-2006), and that was coming off the dot-com crash and 9/11. The Dem’s took over Congress in 2007, and that’s when things started heading in the other direction, greatly accelerated by the election of Obama and the Dem supermajority in 2008.


20 posted on 12/04/2012 8:42:46 AM PST by Behind the Blue Wall
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To: ksen

Lets start here first:

Internal Revenue Service data show that 3 percent of Senate staffers and more than 4 percent of House staffers owed taxes in 2010, adding up to about $10.6 million in unpaid taxes. More than 98,000 civilian federal employees were delinquent on their taxes in 2010, adding up to more than $1 billion in taxes owed, according to the IRS.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/01/24/hundreds-capitol-hill-staffers-didnt-pay-taxes-in-2010/#ixzz2E6NXG8O8


21 posted on 12/04/2012 8:43:30 AM PST by ILS21R (Everything... IS... a conspiracy)
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To: Mr. Lucky

Bush smoocher huh?


22 posted on 12/04/2012 8:44:07 AM PST by DManA
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To: Behind the Blue Wall

You can’t just tinker with marginal rates and call it supply side. Buy every other measure the environment for business got worse under Bush.


23 posted on 12/04/2012 8:47:17 AM PST by DManA
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To: DManA

Buy = by.


24 posted on 12/04/2012 8:48:16 AM PST by DManA
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To: ksen

This is like blaming free markets for poverty when we haven’t had free markets since the Civil War


25 posted on 12/04/2012 8:50:25 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: ksen

do these studies include government regulation and inflation as taxes?


26 posted on 12/04/2012 8:51:46 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: ksen

I’ll still take it over redistribution.


27 posted on 12/04/2012 8:54:06 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: ksen

And here is another one for you,

“They didn’t cause the income gap to increase. Given all the talk about Bush’s massive tax cuts for the rich, you might also think that his tax cuts contributed to a widening of the income gap. Except that didn’t happen, either. According to the Census Bureau, the “gini index” of income inequality was the same when Bush left office as when he came in. (It’s actually risen each year under Obama.)”

Read More At IBD: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-perspective/112812-635034-5-secrets-about-the-bush-tax-cuts.htm#ixzz2E6QVxkXE


28 posted on 12/04/2012 8:54:43 AM PST by koraz
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To: DManA

bump


29 posted on 12/04/2012 8:54:43 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: dfwgator

Reagan cut marginal tax rates greatly.
That was the core idea, and it worked well.
Since then the dealing has been on much smaller margins. Bush made a significant temporary reduction, but much smaller than Reagans, and median household income did rise again until the last bubble burst.

The real problem now isn’t actual rates, even marginal ones, but structural impediments such as regulations and their associated litigation and fear of liability. These represent a much broader based hidden tax and have increased without restraint regardless of the administration. The last serious effort at pruning them was late in the Carter administration, continued by Reagan, when much of the overhead, mainly on freighting and transportation was reduced. This contributed to the Reagan boom, and to date.

This sort of regulatory and litigious overhead is not reflected in crude tax burden calculations.


30 posted on 12/04/2012 8:55:10 AM PST by buwaya
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To: ksen
Even the Keynesian model was never truly implemented.

IIRC, it calls for stimulus spending during times of economic slowdowns and for frugality during times of prosperity. Somehow, they never seem to get around to implementing the second part.

31 posted on 12/04/2012 8:55:17 AM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: ksen

You are defending a tax system that defines fairness as a certain class of people paying a higher percentage. That progressive ideology, as all progressive ideologies, is false.


32 posted on 12/04/2012 8:55:48 AM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: ksen
A true party of business would end our investment in the false promise of supply-side economics.

It would also zero out spending on non-essential operations.

33 posted on 12/04/2012 8:56:00 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: DManA

bump

Exactly. They can call it “Supply Side” or whatever, but it wasn’t really. Very little about the federal government changed, it didn’t get smaller or less expensive or less intrusive.

Nothing but a talking point


34 posted on 12/04/2012 8:57:16 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: koraz
"As for wealth concentration, can you show me the evidence where the middle and lower class is worse off than they were 50 years ago? Everyone of them have heated/air conditioned homes, cars, flat screen tvs, phones etc.?"

Financed by debt. It is unarguable that the top percentages of income earners have reaped the majority of economic and productivity gains in this country. Throwing out there that people have flat screen tvs now is equivalent to Marie Antoinette stating, "Let them eat cake."

The argument should be on whether or not you think this is necessarily harmful in the long run.

35 posted on 12/04/2012 8:58:35 AM PST by ksen
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To: ksen

So what’s your point? Do you wish for the government to have more revenue? Do you want the government to redistribute wealth to insure more “equity”?


36 posted on 12/04/2012 9:00:09 AM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: dfwgator
"Since when was supply-side ever really in place? Sure, Reagan talked about it, but was it ever really implemented properly?"

Best statement so far. Supply side works to drive economic growth if and only if government spending remains stable as a percent of GDP. There in lies the problem. Not even Reagan was able to reign in government spending and we all know what has happened since then. Consider this also, can one argue that the advent of the global economy and so called free trade driven the new capital from supply side overseas? Did supply side do nothing but grow the economies of the third world?

37 posted on 12/04/2012 9:01:31 AM PST by buckalfa (Nabob of Negativity)
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To: ksen

Actually not. Read this,
“They didn’t cause the income gap to increase. Given all the talk about Bush’s massive tax cuts for the rich, you might also think that his tax cuts contributed to a widening of the income gap. Except that didn’t happen, either. According to the Census Bureau, the “gini index” of income inequality was the same when Bush left office as when he came in. (It’s actually risen each year under Obama.)”

Read More At IBD: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-perspective/112812-635034-5-secrets-about-the-bush-tax-cuts.htm#ixzz2E6QVxkXE

There was real poverty during the Great Depression. There is no such thing in America today. Help is available for those that need it and clearly less are worse off than back then. It is pure class envy to look at what other’s have and say you are “entitled” to the same. Remember the 10th Commandment, “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”


38 posted on 12/04/2012 9:06:15 AM PST by koraz
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To: GeronL

According to this site -

http://politicalcalculations.blogspot.com/2012/04/2012-how-many-pages-are-there-in-us-tax.html#.UL4sh4YpBPU

The number of pages in the US tax code went from 40,500 pages in 1995 to 67,500 pages in 2008.

So that tells Bush and the gang were tinkering with things besides the marginal tax rates in those years.


39 posted on 12/04/2012 9:10:35 AM PST by DManA
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To: ksen
Odd, because in the 20s and 80s the overwhelming economic evidence is that the share of taxes paid by the rich (top 5%) go up astronomically. They double, while the share paid by the bottom two categories falls a great deal.

As for GDP, I suggest you look at Warren Brookes, "The Economy in Mind" for an assessment of the JFK tax cuts (which sparked significant growth). On the Reagan tax cuts, try "The Supply Side Revolution." Reagan's economy created 14 million (!!!!!~!) NET new jobs. Bush's smaller cuts created 6 million. Clinton, in between, still rode the Reagan cuts.

The historical evidence of the 20s, 60s, 80s, and 2000s is that whatever happens to the rich, cutting their taxes is the fastest route to increase the SHARE of taxes paid by the rich. That's why rich libs are ALWAYS in favor of increasing tax RATES, because they know the TAX REALITY and REVENUE will go down if rates go up.

As to GNP, GNP is based on a number of things, including high energy prices which dampens economic activity and overregulation. Since the 20s, we have been heavily overregulated, even in the Reagan years where there was some deregulation.

40 posted on 12/04/2012 9:12:47 AM PST by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: ksen

Wow, seriously? “like communism?” I smell a troll. At any rate, in the 1980s, the Reagan cuts MORE than paid for themselves. Revenue went up 40% (see my book, “American Entrepreneur”). But spending increased by 100%. If we just held spending constant in 1984 terms, the tax cuts not only would have paid for themselves but SOME additional spending as well.


41 posted on 12/04/2012 9:14:41 AM PST by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: koraz

The concentration of wealth is a problem. And as the Government (at all levels) controls more and more of GDP the problem gets worse. There’s a REAL correlation there.

If we had an environment of honest fair competition the differences would collapse. As we transition to crony capitalism (fascism) it will get worse.


42 posted on 12/04/2012 9:16:25 AM PST by DManA
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To: discostu
Absolutely not. Bush never invoked full supply side cuts. When it is stuck to, you have miracles. When you "compromise" and raise taxes to address deficits---ALL CAUSED BY HIGHER SPENDING---then you lose the supply side impact.

Supply side has been tried four times and works every time.

43 posted on 12/04/2012 9:16:36 AM PST by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: ksen
There is little evidence that the Bush tax cuts, or any other tax cuts directed at the so-called job creators, have had a noticeable effect on economic growth.

Economic growth is increased by an increase in savings and investment, and investment increased in the Bush years, prior to the recession.

US Venture Capital Investment Chart

US Venture Capital Investment data by YCharts

Production also increased.

US Industrial Production Index Chart

US Industrial Production Index data by YCharts

The flaw of supply side economics is that tax cuts must be accompanies by reductions in government spending. When government spending increases, this allows the value that was achieved by the tax cuts to be lost or wasted through the corresponding enlargement of federal budget deficits. Growing deficits are an assault on the economy because they have to be financed by creating money out of thin air and inflation, too much borrowing and growing national debt, and the need to raise taxes later.

44 posted on 12/04/2012 9:17:10 AM PST by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: ksen

Nonsense
It’s not nonsense

Perhaps you have an empirical study that does show a statistically significant link between marginal rates and GDP growth

Don’t need a study. Just need to know several small business owners, which I do. When the Government taxes them less, they all expand their business, number of employees or increase their employees compensation. When Government taxes them, they contract their business, for go raise for the employees in order to keep them employed and cut other benifits.


45 posted on 12/04/2012 9:21:22 AM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: ksen

Hmmmm.... Investor’s Business Daily and (apparently) even White House Data would disagree with you. But what does IBD know?

http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-perspective/113012-635352-bush-tax-cuts-did-not-cause-deficits.htm

And as seen on FR.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2965079/posts


46 posted on 12/04/2012 9:22:52 AM PST by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: ksen

Now that we have established that supply-side economics is a myth, we can justify raising taxes that the “rich” will bear the largest burden of paying. Nevermind that the tax revenues won’t come close to covering the national debt or out-of-control spending. The US government is the last entity I would look at as a good business model to emulate.


47 posted on 12/04/2012 9:23:15 AM PST by windsorknot
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To: ksen

“more and more concentrated in the upper income levels.”

History is meaningless!


48 posted on 12/04/2012 9:23:35 AM PST by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: DManA

I was poor as a church mouse growing up. I never looked in envy on the rich. I looked at them and thought “how do I get there.” And, I worked hard and succeeded. If I had been willing to work harder, I would have succeeded even more. If you aren’t where you want to be, blame it on your own efforts (or lack thereof). EVERYONE in America still has the opportunity to succeed. Concentration of wealth goes away when the masses focus more on their own efforts rather than handouts!


49 posted on 12/04/2012 9:23:35 AM PST by koraz
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To: ksen

Could it be because at least half of our business community has built enterprises centered on the business model of sucking off the government teat? I subscribe to the Pittsburgh (Communist) Business Times whose pages are full of CEO’s and “entrepreneurs” who are always whining that “the government is not doing enough for ME!”


50 posted on 12/04/2012 9:24:09 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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