Fiscal cliff’s dirty secret

Fiscal cliff’s dirty secret

There’s a lot of talk right now about an impending fiscal cliff. But we already went over a cliff economically in this country a long time ago.

The current debate over tax hikes is an empty one built upon a false premise. The debate is whether raising tax rates will address our current crisis. The premise is that it is a lack of taxation that has led to the crisis. Both are hopelessly wrong.

President Obama’s proposed tax increases on the top 2% of earners would fund the federal government for about eight days. Even if we taxed Americans earning over $1 million on 100% of their income, we would raise only about $600 billion in revenue.

Taxing citizens at this level is a tyranny even Europe hasn’t reached, and still it would only address about one-third of our deficit.

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If one actually does the math, “taxing the rich” turns out to be no real solution at all, only fantasyland rhetoric.