Deficits, Debt, and the New Politics of Tax Policy

ISBN-10: 1107641403
ISBN-13: 9781107641402
Edition: 2012
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Description: The Constitution grants Congress the power "to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises." From the First Congress until today, conflicts over the size, role, and taxing power of government have been at the heart of national politics. This  More...

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Book details

List price: $47.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/12/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

The Constitution grants Congress the power "to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises." From the First Congress until today, conflicts over the size, role, and taxing power of government have been at the heart of national politics. This book provides a comprehensive historical account of federal tax policy that emphasizes the relationship between taxes and other components of the budget. It explains how wars, changing conceptions of the domestic role of government, and beliefs about deficits and debt have shaped the modern tax system. The contemporary focus of this book is the partisan battle over budget policy that began in the 1960s and triggered the disconnect between taxes and spending that has plagued the budget ever since. With the federal government now facing its most serious deficit and debt challenge in the modern era, partisan debate over taxation is almost completely divorced from fiscal realities. Continuing to indulge the public about the true costs of government has served the electoral interests of the parties, but it precludes honest debate about the urgent task of reconnecting taxes and budgets.

A brief history of federal taxation
The stable era
World War II to the 1960s
Destabilizing tax policy
Vietnam and the 1970s
The Reagan strategy - balancing low
The Clinton strategy - balancing high
Bush, Obama, and fiscal deadlock
Reconnecting taxes and budgets

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