Wednesday, November 14, 2012

European-style austerity: Obama’s new ‘balanced’ debt plan is 73% tax hikes

European-style austerity: Obama’s new ‘balanced’ debt plan is 73% tax hikes

Tought times ahead....  via Jim Pethokoukis,

Even if you include interest savings, 60% of the debt reduction comes from tax hikes. Obama is making the exact mistake Europe is making by employing a tax-hike heavy version of fiscal austerity. Indeed, a 2010 analysis by AEI scholars found that successful fiscal consolidations are heavy on spending cuts, light on tax hikes. Even Bill Clinton’s debt reduction plan was 2-1 in favor of spending cuts. The Obama plan is dangerously unbalanced, especially given the weak economic recovery.

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