We all win with the tax reform

We all win with the tax reform

We all win with the tax reform

Congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump have passed a landmark tax reduction and reform bill. Democrats, mainstream media and other leftists are spreading misinformation about the effects.

Let’s set the record straight.

First, “The new law is larded with provisions custom-made for the rich and superrich while offering mere crumbs for the middle class.” This version of a lie told by many comes from Democrat Alan Blinder, who also said, “it may be the most regressive” tax cut ever.

Even the very liberal Tax Policy Center admitted that the vast majority of taxpayers will see a tax cut or no change from the new law, while some of the rich will face increases.

The non-partisan Tax Foundation found that the bill will lower taxes for all income groups and the great majority of Americans. It estimates the annual savings for middle-income Nevada families at $610.

Second, “Few Americans buy into the ‘trickle down’ argument that tax benefits showered on corporations will translate mostly into higher wages and vastly faster economic growth.” Again, per Blinder, with agreement by the statist progressives at Associated Press (AP) and elsewhere.

The non-partisan Tax Foundation estimates that the tax reform and reduction will increase U.S. gross domestic product by 1.7 percent, which is more than $400-billion per year. It will do so by adding 339,000 full-time equivalent jobs while raising the wage rate 1.5 percent. These benefits are greatly due to the fact it will increase capital investment by 4.48 percent.

An all-star team of economists from Stanford and other elite institutions suggested that the boost to the economy would be four percent. And other top economists have concurred.

“Third, the tax cuts blow a large hole in the federal budget, and most Americans think the deficit is already too large.” Again, per Blinder with even more overstated versions from AP, nearly all Democrats and the rest of this Greek chorus.

These folks obsess about the deficit and debt but are oblivious to the real issue: That American government has become so large that its very size is destructive of the public interest by diminishing aggregate human wellbeing and fairness. Government at all levels spends too much, regulates our lives and businesses too extensively and intrusively, taxes us too much, and borrows too much.

The solution to all this government over-reach is to reduce the size, scope and reach of government relative to our economy and our lives.

Ron Knecht is Nevada Controller. James Smack is Deputy Controller.