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Why We Might Get Tax Reform

For incredibly cynical and corrupt reasons.

Feb 11, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 21 • By IKE BRANNON
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Should we care what motivates our members of Congress to do tax reform? Not if clearing out the underbrush of credits, deductions, and exemptions will help us keep tax rates down and boost economic growth. Understanding why this might happen is an argument for being vigilant if and when we do achieve major tax reform, but for any sentient observer of Congress, that’s already a given. If Menem’s Argentina could do mass privatizations, we should be able to manage comprehensive tax reform.

Ike Brannon is a senior fellow and director of research at the R Street Institute.

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