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Obama, Democrats Favor Worst of Bad Ideas ^ | December 31, 2012 | Bob Beauprez

Posted on 12/31/2012 10:29:56 AM PST by Kaslin

As Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress finalize plans for whom to increase tax rates on and by how much – all in the name of preventing the nation from going over the "fiscal cliff," of course – the following may being of interest to readers of this page, if not to the politicians.

Earlier this month, Scott Hodge, President of the Tax Foundation, published a ranking of fifteen ideas to create "new revenues as a component of any bipartisan deal to reduce the federal deficit."  Hodge utilized findings of extensive studies by OECD economists (a 34 nation organization of which the U.S. is a member) that established a hierarchy of which taxes are most and least harmful for long-term economic growth. 

For what it's worth, economic growth is something President Obama claims to be his objective, too.  You might think that if the President just pulled some ideas out of the OECD grab bag, he would get lucky and pick at least one decent one.  Instead, he has zeroed in on the most economically damaging of all possibilities.

With the OECD framework as a starting point, Hodge and the Tax Foundation evaluated and commented on potential outcomes from Obama's contributions to the fiscal cliff negotiations. 

Rather that promoting growth as Obama claims, wrapped up in his fiscal cliff proposed idea package are three of the four MOST HARMFUL actions that could be taken among the entire list of fifteen possibilities evaluated by the OECD.

According to Hodge raising tax rates on high income individuals – the current Holy Grail for Obama – will result in lowering GDP by 0.44%.  As a result, for every $1 of new revenue to the government, GDP would shrink by $2.77. 

Increasing the capital gains and dividend tax rate as Obama has championed would hammer the GDP by 2.15% - essentially erasing the average growth rate for the last three years.

Increasing estate taxes (the death tax) as proposed by Obama will reduce GDP five times more than revenue gains according to the Tax Foundation.  And yet, the Democrat Senate has already voted for even higher death tax rates than proposed by the President. 

The worst-of-the-worst ideas would be to raise corporate tax rates.  And while not part of the fiscal cliff negotiations, as Hodge points out, Obama has expressed a willingness to lower the business tax rate as part of overall tax reform, but only in exchange for "base broadening measures" that the Tax Foundation says would "more than erase the positive effects of cutting the corporate tax rate."  

The complete Tax Foundation commentary is available by clicking here, including a list of ideas that actually might work.  

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial

1 posted on 12/31/2012 10:30:04 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

It’s all about “fairness”. How that plays out in real life is called crony capitalism, communism, fascism - all failed ideas resurrected from the dustbins of history.

2 posted on 12/31/2012 10:41:36 AM PST by bopdowah ("Unlike King Midas, whatever the Gubmint touches sure don't turn to Gold!')
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To: Kaslin

I am waiting for the calls for Taxation of Worth,
instead of Taxation of Income

The Clock is ticking

3 posted on 12/31/2012 10:47:56 AM PST by HangnJudge
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To: HangnJudge

Shhh. They ARE thinking about it already.

4 posted on 12/31/2012 11:07:55 AM PST by whitedog57
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To: HangnJudge
Or Cease all Deductions on Retirement Accounts
Insurance Annuities, etc.
Convert to current worth,
Tax at current rate

Kill all deductions for Charitable Activities
Kill all exemptions for Religious Institutions

Big Burst of Income, then the
Real Fiscal Cliff hits like Granite
As there is no incentive to work
better ones self, or
Better ones Community

Police Measures ensue to Weed out Hoarders

5 posted on 12/31/2012 11:16:10 AM PST by HangnJudge
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To: whitedog57
Shhh. They ARE thinking about it already.

I Know, but there is no point not stating the obvious
The Left Hates Entrepreneurial Activity
They have been whispering this for years

The American Dream is dying right in front of our eyes

6 posted on 12/31/2012 11:21:49 AM PST by HangnJudge
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To: Kaslin
Is there anything in the works to fix the AMT?


7 posted on 12/31/2012 11:32:07 AM PST by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: Kaslin
One Could make an exception for
paying ones current portion of the National Debt

My, take it would be a condition on being a Voting Citizen
One must have paid in to the system at least
the value of their potion of the Debt
Honorable Military Service would be an exception

Currently, $51,864 per person

Only Citizens can serve in public office
If you haven't paid your share in Blood or Money
You Don't have any skin in the game

It would be “patriotic” to do, but
Would require a constitutional amendment
as the definition of citizen, or voter

8 posted on 12/31/2012 11:51:29 AM PST by HangnJudge
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To: Kaslin

When forced to choose between the lesser of two evils, representatives of the Democratic [sic] party invariably choose both.

9 posted on 12/31/2012 1:36:31 PM PST by Standing Wolf
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