Robert J. Samuelson: ‘Reform’ threatens political speech
Robert J. Samuelson, Washington Post
Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014 12:00 am
In a curious way, the sweeping “tax reform” plan unveiled recently by Rep. Dave Camp, the Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, demonstrates why half measures won’t do.
The income tax has become, through its many deductions, credits and exclusions, a citadel of political power by which Congress and the White House reward and punish various groups and causes. Unless we break decisively with this system, it will survive even energetic efforts at streamlining.
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