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More on How You are going to pay for Tax Cuts

One of the things that I truly love (please read with sarcasm dripping from my typewriter/computer) about this latest tax plan is that unlike some of the tax cuts in the past, this tax cut is going to be partially paid for by increasing your taxes. The sheer brutality of this tax cut is unprecedented. This tax cut will increase the deficit. Where are all of those GOP deficit hawks???

  • Tax cuts to large wealthy corporations
  • Repeal of the Affordable Care Acts individual mandate – This generates over $53 billion in annual savings in order to help offset the tax cuts
  • Manipulation of inflation adjustment

From CBPP:

Finally, even these figures likely understate the degree to which the bill would leave many families worse off. Despite raising taxes on millions of Americans, the bill adds $1.5 trillion to deficits over ten years. When policymakers eventually offset the costs of these deficit-financed tax cuts, the same low- and middle-income families that see little initial benefit — or even face tax increases — from the bill would likely bear much of the burden in the form of cuts in programs on which they rely. That is, these families would likely lose more in health care, education, job training, and other services than they gain in tax cuts, while high-income households would likely remain large net winners.

Tax cuts and tax revenue

I think that it is pretty amazing that conservatives are still pushing the craziness that is the idea that tax cuts create more tax revenue. It is amazing that many Americans have jumped on this train. It is exactly like my telling you that you can eat all of the ice cream that you want and not gain any weight. It is that crazy.

Let’s look at this slowly. If I cut taxes, that will reflectively increase tax revenue? So in theory if you keep cutting taxes to zero that would maximize tax revenue? Really? That doesn’t make any sense.

Let’s look at the Bureau for Economic Analysis’ data. Conservatives hold up Reagan as the great tax cutter. So let’s look at tax revenues from his great tax cut.

Wow. It looks as if revenues decreased after Reagan’s great tax cut and never returned to their previous level. I’m just saying… this idea that you can cut taxes and increase revenue may happen at some time in the future, somewhere in the universe. It just hasn’t happened in the US during the last 40 years.

Demand

Remember that old equation – supply and demand. A friend of mine said something that really struck me. He said we aren’t going to get an explosion of jobs until demand increases. Demand equals the middle class doing better. It is really that simple.

Let’s take Levi’s 501 jeans. How do we get Levi’s to hire more people to make more of their classic 501 jeans? It isn’t by giving tax cuts to Paris Hilton. It is by putting more money into the pockets of average middle class Americans. Then, when thousands of Americans buy Levi’s 501 jeans and the demand exceeds the supply, the Levi Strauss company will hire more workers to make those classic jeans. It is that simple.