Greenspan backs end to Bush tax cuts

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Greenspan backs end to Bush tax cuts
Sat, 07-17-2010 - 2:58pm

Greenspan backs end to Bush tax cuts

July 17 2010

Congress should let all of former president George W. Bush’s 2001 and 2003 tax cuts expire to cut the long-term budget deficit, former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan has said.

Mr Greenspan’s support helped persuade Congress to pass the tax cuts in 2001 and his comments thrust him into a heated political battle over whether to extend them beyond the end of 2010. “They should follow the law and let them lapse,” Mr Greenspan said in an interview.

“The problem is, unless we start to come to grips with this long-term outlook, we are going to have major problems. I think we misunderstand the momentum of this deficit going forward.”

The Bush cuts lowered income tax rates; created a new 10 per cent tax bracket; raised tax credits for children; and lowered taxes on dividends and capital gains. A “sunset” provision means that all the cuts will expire at the end of this year unless Congress extends them.

Doing so would increase the federal budget deficit by cumulative $2,567bn between 2011 and 2020, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation.

But that would also deepen a growing structural deficit caused by the cost of providing healthcare and social security to an ageing population.

The Congressional Budget Office projects that the national debt will balloon to 87 per cent of gross domestic product by 2020 and 185 per cent by 2035 if the tax cuts are extended and discretionary spending grows in line with the economy.

The Republicans want to extend all the cuts, while most Democrats support proposals by Barack Obama, president, to extend them only for households with incomes below $250,000, lowering the cost to $2,154bn.

Democrats have accused the Republicans of hypocrisy when they block spending on economic stimulus in the name of cutting the deficit.

In particular, they attacked comments by Senator Jon Kyl, the Republican minority whip, who said that the tax cuts should remain in order to spur the economy.

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Registered: 03-10-2010
Sat, 07-17-2010 - 3:06pm
He was soooooooooooo wrong in running the Fed while the housing bubble was inflating, I doubt that anybody on the conservative spectrum will listen to him on this matter. Then again, even a broken clock is right twice a day.


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Registered: 07-13-2010
Sat, 07-17-2010 - 3:21pm

I find myself more at odds with Greenspan as time progresses.

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Registered: 08-16-2005
Sat, 07-17-2010 - 6:13pm
I believe we should let ALL of the Bush tax cuts expire, not against it at all.