Tuesday, August 3, 2010


If you are interested in the debate on letting the Bush Tax Cuts expire I have harvested some of the pro and con articles. My thinking is that I agree with the first article that increasing taxes in actuality slows down revenue. I can give you examples of clients that did not expand their businesses during the high Carter tax years because the government was going to get up to 80% of any profit that was made. Here is a quote from President Kennedy on taxes that is in the Soak the Rich Catch-22 piece.

"Tax reduction thus sets off a process that can bring gains for everyone, gains won by marshalling resources that would otherwise stand idle—workers without jobs and farm and factory capacity without markets. Yet many taxpayers seemed prepared to deny the nation the fruits of tax reduction because they question the financial soundness of reducing taxes when the federal budget is already in deficit. Let me make clear why, in today's economy, fiscal prudence and responsibility call for tax reduction even if it temporarily enlarged the federal deficit—why reducing taxes is the best way open to us to increase revenues."
—President John F. Kennedy,
Economic Report of the President

The Soak-the-Rich Catch-22

To deal with the deficit, let the tax cuts expire

A tax increase in these uncertain economic times would be devastating.

Pending tax hikes cause Democratic tension

Liberal Tax Revolt Game-Changer

The calamitous effects of Obama's tax hikes

Pence promises full-fledged GOP campaign to keep Bush tax cuts

Tax hikes for the rich: Can the economy afford them?

Battle Looms in Washington Over Expiring Tax Cuts

Geithner says allowing tax cuts for wealthy to expire would be responsible thing to do