Raising Taxes on the Rich: Not Whether, but How
- Studies by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) showing that certain spending programs are highly stimulative, whereas tax cuts provide very little bang for the buck.
- Studies by the CBO and by Anthony Atkinson, Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez demonstrating beyond doubt that there has been a sharp rise in the income and wealth of the ultra-rich while everyone else’s income has stagnated.
- Work by the Tax Policy Center demonstrating that higher tax rates don't necessarily lead to a race to the exits by the rich, and that they do raise revenue.
- Recent studies by Peter Diamond and Emmanuel Saez and by A.B. Atkinson and Andrew Leigh find that increasing the top income tax rate would raise net additional revenue at least until it reached 63 percent and probably much higher (this is the so-called "Laffer Curve" debate).
- Studies (here and here) showing that tax cuts for the rich have not raised the rate of economic growth.
And there is plenty more in there. Bartlett notes:
Republicans like to pretend that cutting spending is economically costless, even stimulative, whereas raising taxes in any way whatsoever is so economically debilitating that it dare not be contemplated. This view is complete nonsense.
Overall, a useful article.