Today I'm wondering where the Reagan Republicans are. The sweeping 1986 tax overhaul that Reagan signed into law broadened the tax base, closed loopholes, and lowered individual income tax rates. It also established the Earned Income Tax Credit program, or EITC, which eliminated millions of the working poor from the rolls altogether. Expanded by President Clinton in 1993, the antipoverty program has been a smashing bipartisan success.....It's also not in the spirit of Christianity and Christ's message by people who use their Christianity as a sword to sit in judgement of all those with whom they disagree.
Now it's become commonplace among the right to question whether such programs are "fair."The idea that the middle class—or whoever Rick Perry means by "We"—is suffering because the lower classes aren't paying taxes; the idea that the rich would create more jobs if their share of national wealth was even more heavily concentrated; the idea that, if everyone had "skin in the game," the economy would somehow improve, even as the beneficiaries of programs like the EITC are bearing the brunt of the Great Recession—all this is, to put it bluntly, a load of crap.
It's a stupid, nonempirical, and corrosive mindset.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Rick Perry's Reverse Class Warfare
Scott Galupo is blunt, in a way that more opinion writers should be,