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Monday, October 17, 2011

Jared Bernstein on Herman Cain's 9-9-9 Tax Cut for the Wealthy

I debated Herman Cain’s economic advisor, Rich Lowrie, last night on the Larry Kudlow Show.  A key point here is that the plan, which Bruce Barlett calls a “distributional nightmare,” radically shifts the tax burden from high-income households to everyone else.  I focused on the median household, and Lowrie either doesn’t understand the implications of the plan or he’s deliberately misrepresenting it.

For a $50K household, married couple, two kids, all income from earnings and standard deductions, the current tax burden is $8.3K.  Under 9-9-9, that would grow to $13.5K, an increase of over $5,000 (hat tip: CCH, BS).  The WaPo fact checker came to a similar conclusion.  E Klein too.  More at source.

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