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Monday, November 26, 2012

Grover Norquist and the Fiscal Cliff

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Professor Caron,

It would be interesting to see a little more "political economy" in your blog.

Specifically, more details on how it looks like the setting of tax rates (especially de facto exemptions from *any* federal income tax) are consciously designed to "game" the democratic system (by "buying off" voting majorities or near-majorities - especially when coupled with a tax-eating political class that might make up as much as 20% of the working population).

The 47% aren't 47% by accident.

This sort of corrupt dynamic occurs at the state as well as the federal level.

I think the details (rate breakpoints, phaseout levels, etc.) make for an interesting and politically telling story that essentially goes untold in the state favored (spectrum-granted) media.

There is a lot of back-story and backstage manipulation here that would make for interesting posts.

Posted by: cas127 | Nov 26, 2012 9:50:29 AM

For more on Grover Norquist's seeming change of perspective, see

Posted by: James Edward Maule | Nov 26, 2012 10:16:33 AM