Paul L. Caron

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Zelenak Presents Mitt Romney, the 47%, and the Future of the Mass Income Tax Today at Indiana

Zelenak (2014)Lawrence A. Zelenak (Duke) presents Mitt Romney, the 47 Percent, and the Future of the Mass Income Tax at Indiana-Bloomington today as part of its Tax Policy Colloquium Series hosted by Leandra Lederman:

This essay puts Romney’s remarks in the context of their causes and consequences–first by describing the 2010 origins and subsequent development of the 47 percent critique in conservative circles, and then by describing the reactions to the remarks (of both opinion leaders and the public, and across the political spectrum). The essay also situates the 47 percent critique in the context of related conservative critiques of federal tax-and-transfer policies–in particular, criticism of the fact that about half the population receives direct government benefits in any given year, and studies concluding that 60 to 70 percent of Americans are “net takers” who receive more value from the government than they pay in taxes.6 Although the goals of the essay are primarily descriptive (of the several critiques and of the reactions to them) and predictive (of the unpromising political future of the critiques), the author’s own normative views may intrude from time to time.

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Well, when Mittens is in the deepest pits of Hades, all of this will be a mute point. All in all Romney's hateful remarks simply illustrate the fact that the middle class has been reduced to dust, and the "American Dream" has been killed by conservative politics.

Posted by: Seth Lavine | Feb 27, 2014 12:17:28 PM