From the Heritage Foundation’s budget expert, Brian Riedl, an analysis of President Obama’s FY2011 budget, “Obama’s Budget Seeks $2 Trillion More in Spending and Deficits Than Last Year.” Riedl highlights the unprecedented deficit spending, but in discussing economic growth, the immediate concern should be the tax increases.
President Obama bases nearly all of his (modest) deficit reduction on tax increases. Although no economic theory justifies raising taxes during a recession, he would impose nearly $1 trillion in tax hikes for 3.2 million upper-income families and small businesses. He would eliminate tax breaks for charitable giving and the mortgage interest deduction for millions of Americans.
President Obama has endorsed a cap-and-trade bill that would cost more than $800 billion over the next decade. He has also endorsed substantial tax hikes to finance health care reform. All told, tax increases would exceed $2 trillion, yet they are still not enough to prevent a $1 trillion annual deficit by 2020.
In imposing these new taxes, the Obama Administration would damage the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers and other businesses. A report by the Tax Foundation documents that U.S. competitors are going in the opposition direction, reducing corporate taxes to promote growth, “OECD Nations Continue Cutting Corporate Tax Rates While U.S. Stands Still (Federal Plus Provincial/State Corporate Tax Rates for OECD Countries, 2008-2009).”
Less competitive = fewer sales = stagnation = fewer employees. So much for JOBS!
The recent analysis by the Milken Institute, “Jobs for America,” concludes that reducing the U.S. corporate income tax rate to match the OECD average would trigger new growth. By 2019, it could boost real GDP by $375.5 billion (2.2 percent), create an additional 350,000 manufacturing jobs, and increase total employment by 2.13 million.
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