Do Tax Cuts Lead to Economic Growth?

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  1. Ralph Deeds profile image64
    Ralph Deedsposted 11 years ago

    " ...The defining economic policy of the last decade, of course, was the Bush tax cuts. President George W. Bush and Congress, including Mr. Ryan, passed a large tax cut in 2001, sped up its implementation in 2003 and predicted that prosperity would follow.

    The economic growth that actually followed — indeed, the whole history of the last 20 years — offers one of the most serious challenges to modern conservatism. Bill Clinton and the elder George Bush both raised taxes in the early 1990s, and conservatives predicted disaster. Instead, the economy boomed, and incomes grew at their fastest pace since the 1960s. Then came the younger Mr. Bush, the tax cuts, the disappointing expansion and the worst downturn since the Depression.

    "Today, Mitt Romney and Mr. Ryan are promising another cut in tax rates and again predicting that good times will follow. But it’s not the easiest case to make. Much as President Obama should be asked to grapple with the economy’s disappointing recent performance (a subject for a planned column), Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan would do voters a service by explaining why a cut in tax rates would work better this time than last time...." … .html?_r=1

    1. William F. Torpey profile image71
      William F. Torpeyposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires definitely do not result in significant economic growth. The wealthy take from the economy through dividends, capital gains, interest, etc., with little or no "work" or "labor." Far more economic growth would be generated if those funds were used to create jobs here in the United States and pay those who actually do the work more than minimum wage and something closer to the true value of their labor. Buying a million shares of a successful corporation and selling them shortly afterward at a huge profit does little to promote jobs or economic growth.

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      Sooner28posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Debunked debunked and debunked some more.  Republicans are peddling failed ideas. … 89686.html  Tax cuts for the rich do NOT produce economic growth.

      I'm tired of dealing with atavistic ideas.

    3. PhoenixV profile image63
      PhoenixVposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      The problem is not taxes, the problem is a government that isn't financially responsible. Someone said once that people will live within their means so that they can pay taxes to a government that can't live within its means. I remember the older generation that were dead set against taxes. Now it seems that people feel that more and more taxes are just "entitled" to a government. But why would someone that does live within their means or does well with investments be expected to pay more and more to a government that is overspending and increasing more debt and interest on that debt. The problem is not the guy or gal who works all week or the guy or gal that makes a fortune in the market, the problem is their spouse is racking up the credit cards faster than they can make the money. The solution is cutting them cards, not working yourself into the ground. Well our government is on a Gold Card spending spree down at Cartier's.

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        Sooner28posted 11 years agoin reply to this

        The older generation paid higher taxes.  That's mainstream history.

        It's also amusing you would think that someone who gets rich off the labor of others should be entitled to keep MORE of the exploited money they have acquired.  Why are you in favor of exploitation?

        1. PhoenixV profile image63
          PhoenixVposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          That does not change the fact that they hated them even if it were true.

          No poor person ever gave me a job.  When I did take a job I entered into an agreement of my own volition. That is how it works. There is no automatic exploitation as you suggest just because someone does well. I have known some people that have done well. They usually worked twice the hours as I have at times. Even a poor person can buy a penny stock and become wealthy or an IPO of some company. How were they exploiting someone? A poor person can buy a medical stock IPO or penny stock where they could make a fabulous amount of money and be investing in a company that could wind up saving lives. The world does not owe anyone a living. It certainly does not owe money to anyone that did not earn it or work for it or take the risk of investing it.

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            Sooner28posted 11 years agoin reply to this

            You are asking the slave to give another slave a job (unless you are a CEO).  The whole system is corrupt.   People who are poor are severely disadvantaged in what choices they can and cannot make.  They can't simply say, "I don't want to work at x" because they need to EAT.  I know the fact is often lost in political debates, but it cannot be ignored.

            Imagine if I dropped you in a field, and said you had to sell your labor power for 8 hours a day just to survive, or you WILL starve.  Your choices were me, my friends, my family, or my cousins, all who owned separate businesses.  Do you think that is a "fair" system?

            Productive, meaningful work is what is required of society, not investing in an immoral corporation, which will not make one rich.  You should ask yourself the question, is society meeting the human's needs, not, is man meeting society's needs?  Capitalists are the real utilitarians, and the good they strive for is money.

            It's absurd to claim that someone should work just to avoid starvation and to make someone else rich.  We are one of the most mentally ill societies in the world, and we LEAD in depression and anxiety disorders.  Why is that, if we are the richest nation on earth?  We also consume more than anyone else, and are the most overweight.   

            I guess all that matters is that the IPhone still keeps upgrading, and we keep getting our oil.   Human dignity, meaningful existence, and the future of the planet are secondary to money.

            1. PhoenixV profile image63
              PhoenixVposted 11 years agoin reply to this

              Well all I can suggest is that you find a piece of property and cut some timber and build yourself a cabin and hunt and fish and grow a garden and feed yourself and be self sufficient. That way you wont be part of- or enabling a system that you morally object to.

              1. Ralph Deeds profile image64
                Ralph Deedsposted 11 years agoin reply to this

                I suggest exercising your right to vote and vote for Obama! He's far from perfect but much better than the other guy.

        2. Ralph Deeds profile image64
          Ralph Deedsposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          We want and need public services that cost money, but the public doesn't like taxes. The Neocons and the GOP establishment want a huge military machine and wars to occupy it, but they have all signed the Grover Norquist pledge not to raise taxes. The result: a growing national debt.

    4. Evan G Rogers profile image61
      Evan G Rogersposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      If you think that taxes were actually cut in a time where government spending was increasing, then you deserve the hyperinflation that will befall you.

      However, if you wish to see the unseen, then please read the book "Economics In One Lesson", by Henry Hazlitt. … litt00.pdf

      1. Wizard Of Whimsy profile image61
        Wizard Of Whimsyposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        1. Evan G Rogers profile image61
          Evan G Rogersposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          It's funny, because Goldman Sachs has donated millions to Obama as well.


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      LikaMarieposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Only 9%, on average, get put back in to economic growth.  So my answer would be no.

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    JaxsonRaineposted 11 years ago

    You were just advocating tax cuts as stimulating the economy....

    Also, do you think the internet boom was due to higher taxes?

    1. Wizard Of Whimsy profile image61
      Wizard Of Whimsyposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      From Paul Krugman's Friday article:

      "Are you, or is someone you know, a gadget freak? If so, you doubtless know that Wednesday was iPhone 5 day, the day Apple unveiled its latest way for people to avoid actually speaking to or even looking at whoever they’re with.

      So is the new phone as insanely great as Apple says? Hey, I’ll leave stuff like that to David Pogue. What I’m interested in, instead, are suggestions that the unveiling of the iPhone 5 might provide a significant boost to the U.S. economy, adding measurably to economic growth over the next quarter or two.

      Do you find this plausible? If so, I have news for you: you are, whether you know it or not, a Keynesian — and you have implicitly accepted the case that the government should spend more, not less, in a depressed economy."

  3. JSChams profile image60
    JSChamsposted 11 years ago

    If they are allowed to work and the Democrats don't behave like the Sanhedrin in Passion of the Christ and get down on the floor and rend their garments and wail. Thus causing weak willed independants to change their votes.

  4. JSChams profile image60
    JSChamsposted 11 years ago

    Cause a Democrat never saw a tax that didn't cause him to fall in love and demand it be eternal.

  5. wilderness profile image94
    wildernessposted 11 years ago

    Isn't that a little one sided?  The 60's saw a boom with higher taxes, but with far less in all kinds of welfare.  Later we saw a huge increase in giveaways (culminating in the housing bubble) and a depression. 

    Obama's giveaway - the largest in the history of the world, has done nothing for the economy except possibly drag it out further.  Had that trillion dollars been invested in actual jobs rather than paying both individuals and corporations to sit back and do nothing it might have been helpful. 

    I really don't think there is any one thing that can produce a boom or bust.  It takes a whole raft of things, all happening at once, to do that.

    1. Ralph Deeds profile image64
      Ralph Deedsposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      The increase in welfare, food stamps, Medicaid resulted from one reason: the George W. Bush recession. They were doing their intended job--helping the poor and unemployed and avoiding an even deeper recession.

  6. Mighty Mom profile image78
    Mighty Momposted 11 years ago

    For those who inevitably come here and bash the topic as not credible because the quoted source is that leftist rag, the Huffington Post, note that the study came from this source:

    A study from the Congressional Research Service -- the non-partisan research office for Congress -- shows that "there is little evidence over the past 65 years that tax cuts for the highest earners are associated with savings, investment or productivity growth."

    Oh wait. I forgot. Numbers from the government are not to be trusted -- if they do not support your existing views.

  7. Wizard Of Whimsy profile image61
    Wizard Of Whimsyposted 11 years ago

    1. Ralph Deeds profile image64
      Ralph Deedsposted 11 years agoin reply to this


  8. BobbiRant profile image61
    BobbiRantposted 11 years ago

    There's no 'trickle down'  Voters have been convinced there is though.  In fact we have been tinkled on is more like it.  Stimulus package?  Give money to those who actually spend it not the rich who sit on it all while laughing at us from their ivory towers.

  9. jcales profile image53
    jcalesposted 11 years ago

    give tax breaks to the wealthy IF  they employ more people otherwise increase their taxes.
    Making some tax breaks for the middle class should help a lot. Why? Well, more spending by the middle class creates more jobs for the lower income earners and results in more consumer sales taxes to local & state govts. (which desperately need it).


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