Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Urban Institute Hosts Program Today on War and Taxes

War_and_taxes_2The Urban Institute hosts a program today on Dollars for Defense: War, Taxes, and Sacrifice to celebrate the publication of War and Taxes (Urban Institute Press, 2008), by Steven A. Bank (UCLA), Joseph J. Thorndike (Tax Analysts) & Kirk J. Stark (UCLA):

During World War II, Americans were urged to ration food, raise money, and accept higher taxes for the war effort.  After September 11, 2001, we were given tax cuts and asked to shop.  Has the United States broken a noble tradition of wartime fiscal sacrifice, or is the history more complex than political rhetoric would have us believe?  War and Taxes looks at six conflicts that span the American Revolution to the present war in Iraq.  "The history of America's tax system can be written largely as a history of America's wars," write the authors.  Whether the current, unprecedented wartime tax cuts are an anomaly or the mark of a new political, economic, and social forces at work remains to be seen. War and Taxes engagingly sorts fact from fiction to allow readers to draw their own conclusions.

The authors have posted this paper on SSRN.  The panelists for today's program are:

  • Alan Gropman (Distinguished Professor of National Security Policy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces)
  • Lawrence Korb (Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; former Assistant Secretary of Defense)
  • Lori Montgomery (Staff Writer, Economic Policy, Washington Post (moderator)
  • Allen Schick (Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland)
  • Joseph Thorndike (Director, Tax History Project, Tax Analysts; Scholar in Residence, University of Virginia; Co-author, War and Taxes)

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