20 Oct
2020

GOP tax plan all about wishful thinking

first_imgTo secure these small economic gains and that tiny revenue bump, Republicans would cut taxes by well over a trillion dollars, leaving a massive hole in the budget. Over time, the negative consequences of higher federal borrowing would be a serious drag on the economy. The bill Republicans present this week will look somewhat different than the older framework the Tax Policy Center’s experts assessed.But the warning should still shake Republicans who claimed to be deficit hawks when Barack Obama was president. Tax reform could be worthwhile, but only if it is paid for.Republicans such as Portman used to understand as much.The country faces a huge funding squeeze as the Baby Boomers retire, raising pension and health-care costs.The Treasury will need ample revenue merely to maintain investments in everything else – roads, college aid, national parks, scientific research.A tax plan based on hopes, prayers and fiction puts all of that at risk.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? In a sentence, Portman erased much of the credibility he developed while decrying deficits during the Obama years or running the White House Office of Management and Budget during the George W. Bush presidency.Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, one of the few moderate Republicans left in Congress, was hardly more responsible.“If we have just four-tenths of 1 percent increase in our [gross domestic product], which is entirely realistic, it will cover the cost of the tax reform package,” she claimed.In fact, those growth numbers cannot be assumed, and betting the federal budget on hopes of loads of new revenue is highly risky.Just a couple days earlier, an independent report on the Republicans’ most recent tax-reform framework found that the plan would wallop the federal budget, even when effects on economic growth are considered. The Tax Policy Center concluded that cutting the corporate tax rate, encouraging business investment and enhancing incentives to work would each encourage economic expansion – modestly.The extra growth would result in maybe $50 billion in new federal revenue over 10 years. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in The Washington Post:Republicans aim to unveil Wednesday a long-awaited tax plan, premised on the fanciful idea that slashing taxes by $1.5 trillion over 10 years will somehow leave the federal budget better off.And it is not just the GOP’s most blinkered ideologues who have bought into this wishful thinking. “I think at the end of the day this will actually be reducing the deficit because it’s going to finally get this economy moving,”Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said Sunday on “Meet the Press.”last_img read more

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3 Jan
2020

Corrupt officials will be booted out of FIFA, insists president Blatter

first_imgSepp Blatter has issued a statement claiming any members who are found guilty of corruption will be booted out of FIFA.The world governing body have been rocked by the biggest scandal in its history after nine of its officials were accused of breeding decades of “rampant, systemic and deep-rooted” corruption.The accusations and wave of arrests, with a total of fourteen people indicted, with seven held in Zurich, were brought forward by the US justice department, who have been investigating corruption allegations going back to 1991.President Blatter, who is now under a fierce spotlight though he is not one of those arrested, has not offered a public message over Wednesday’s events, but did issue a statement claiming that the bombshell legal actions are a positive step.Despite years of negative headlines, the 79-year-old said: “As unfortunate as these events are, it should be clear that we welcome the actions and the investigations by the US and Swiss authorities and believe that it will help to reinforce measures that FIFA has already taken to root out any wrongdoing in football.“While there will be many who are frustrated with the pace of change, I would like to stress the actions that we have taken and will continue to take. In fact, today’s action by the Swiss Office of the Attorney General was set in motion when we submitted a dossier to the Swiss authorities late last year.“Let me be clear: such misconduct has no place in football and we will ensure that those who engage in it are put out of the game. Following the events of today, the independent Ethics Committee – which is in the midst of its own proceedings regarding the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups – took swift action to provisionally ban those individuals named by the authorities from any football-related activities at the national and international level.”Blatter is the overwhelming favourite to win a fifth term of office, though UEFA have called for Friday’s presidential election to be postposed in the wake of Wednesday’s events.During his 17-year tenure there have been numerous corruption allegations surrounding FIFA officials but Blatter still holds the formal backing from the Asian, African and South American confederations. FIFA president Sepp Blatter 1last_img read more

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