Orszag: Higher Taxes Would Crimp Consumer Spending

By September 7, 2010Taxation

While we might not agree with everything he says, Peter Orszag makes a compelling argument for extending the 2001-03 tax rates for a few more years.

The former OMB director, writing in his new capacity as a New York Times columnist, today argued:

Higher taxes now would crimp consumer spending, further depressing the already inadequate demand for what firms are capable of producing at full tilt. And since financial markets don’t seem at the moment to view the budget deficit as a problem — take a look at the remarkably low 10-year Treasury bond yield — there is little reason not to extend the tax cuts temporarily.

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

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