President’s Expected Push to Make Tax Cuts Permanent is Irresponsible Fiscal and Economic Policy
Publication Date: January 2008
Author(s): Aviva Aron-Dine
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Keywords: Economic projections; Tax code; Economic inequality; Fiscal future
In recent weeks, Administration officials have offered three major arguments for this policy--(1) the tax cuts yielded strong economic growth over the past few years, (2) extending them would help the economy overcome its current weakness, and (3) extending them would improve the economy’s performance over the long run. None of these claims bears up well under scrutiny.