Posted by: New Class Traitor | July 9, 2010

No room for graft, so cannot happen

Quote of the day (via Insty):

[Jerry Pournelle]

Anyway, toward the end of today’s article Laffer has a stunning proposal:

Any government program that would reduce unemployment has to make working more attractive for both employer and employee. Since late 2007 the federal government has spent somewhere around $3.6 trillion to stimulate the economy. That is a lot of money.

My suggestion would have been to take all $3.6 trillion and declare a federal tax holiday for 18 months. No income tax, no corporate profits tax, no capital gains tax, no estate tax, no payroll tax (FICA) either employee or employer, no Medicare or Medicaid taxes, no federal excise taxes, no tariffs, no federal taxes at all, which would have reduced federal revenues by $2.4 trillion annually. Can you imagine where employment would be today? How does a 2.5% unemployment rate sound?

It’s a valid point.

Yes, it is. In fact, it makes perfect sense. However, there’s no room for “income redistribution,” graft, rewarding political allies and punishing political enemies, or increasing the power and control of the federal government in it. Therefore there is no chance in hell of it ever happening[…]especially not under [this] administration[…].

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