Just about all of our politicians can agree that what the economy needs right now is growth. What they can't agree about is how to get it. Unfortunately for the American taxpayer, for many in Washington "growth" means increased government spending--and increased government spending means only one thing: higher taxes.
AEI's Michael Barone has been arguing that raising taxes will have the opposite effect on the economy, snuffing out growth rather than stimulating it. Other colleagues are addressing various aspects of the tax debate. James Pethokoukis is examining the fiscal cliff America faces in 2013, and Alex Brill the impact on the economy of a skyrocketing dividend tax. Alan Viard just released a book on a progressive consumption tax that offers a game-changing solution to our nation's fiscal woes.
I have also been talking and writing about these issues in recent days, such as in my AEI Bradley Lecture, my article in The Blaze, and my podcast with one of AEI's newest economists, Stan Veuger. Throughout, I've been trying to show that tax increases are not only ineffective--they're also unfair. There's much more about true fairness and how to make the moral case for tax reform in my new book, The Road to Freedom. I'm happy to report that the book is performing well, and is already at #19 on the New York Times bestseller list. Be sure to follow me and AEI on Twitter for all the latest updates.
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