Predictably, the President is already claiming that his tax hike on the “rich” isn’t enough. I have news for him: the moment that he and virtually every elected Democrat in Washington signed off on the terms of the current arrangement, it was the last word on taxes.Economist Andrew Samwick:
In over eight years of blogging, you won't find a single word of praise for the Bush-Obama tax cuts. As a matter of revenue, we now permanently have a tax system that will not raise enough revenue to cover our expenditures.Mind you – Dr. Samwick served as the chief economist on the staff of the Council of Economic Advisors in 2003 and 2004 (when George W. Bush was President). The question is not whether we will eventually have higher taxes – we will. The question is in what form will those extra taxes be and who will pay them. Naturally, we are not getting as much honesty on this score from Republican politicians as we are getting from Republican economists.