The WaPo – Still Wrong on Taxes

By January 6, 2007General

There’s an old gag about the economist who, when presented with plain truth says, “Sure it works in reality, but would it work in theory?”

The WaPo does a bit of that in their editorial today, still desperately fighting any notion of tax cuts. It’s almost quaint how steadfast they are in their “higher taxes, bigger government” philosophy these days. God love ’em, they’re probably using rotary phones, too. But unfortunately for the Post, the truth is otherwise.

They make some arguments for not continuing the tax cuts citing the work of, among others, former Council of Economic Advisers Chair Greg Mankiw. But Mankiw is up earlier than we were this morning and has already dissembled their arguments on his blog insofar as his research his concerned.

The plain truth is that the President is right when he says, “The tax cuts worked.” We argued for the tax cuts because tax cuts lead to more investment and more investment leads to growth. It always has, always will. The proof? Tax receipts are at an all-time high. That’s a fact that’s awful hard for the WaPo to rebut, and indeed they don’t even mention it in today’s editorial. An inconvenient truth, if you will.

As the President said, the “Tax cuts have fueled robust economic growth and record revenues.” Unfortunately for the Post, that’s a fact that no amount of theory can erase.

[UPDATE]: Here’s a link to a chart from the Club for Growth blog that we posted a little while ago, listing the many benefits of the tax cuts.

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  • Richard Becker says:

    Sure, tax cuts will work. And, they need to be cut more while government cuts back on its spending.

    Now 72 years old, I remember the 50s first hand. The economy was better, government spending was less, and taxes were less to leave more disposable income. All that changed inb the mid -60s when Johnson’s infamous Great Society social spending programs were imposed.

    Under “Johnsonomics”, the budget deficit grew due to high spending, and taxes began increasing under Democrat control of both houses of Congress. Karl Marx also envisioned a “Great Society” of government providing for the people, when officials lived high, while demanding 100% of the GDP, and looked what happened fiscally to the USSR?