Beyond the rock, Perry makes sense
Is he hearkening back to his Democratic roots?
I wouldn’t go that far.
“Long-held conservative goals:
- Personal accounts for Social Security
- Optional flat tax
- Major spending cuts
- A series of tax cuts"
I like the idea of “personal accounts,” and I don’t think that is a conservative idea as much as a practical one. Democrats could buy it.
Replacing the graduated tax isn’t something liberals like me are likely to buy without understanding the whole context of how much money is needed; how much is generated by various alternatives; and how it affects the lower end of the economic base.
We’re all in on spending cuts. I would argue for a serious foreign policy review as our current policies appear to be a primary cost driver. I opt for more resources for citizens and less for defense beyond what is essential for National Security. That will be worthwhile debate.
It is goofy to discuss tax cuts without understanding the complete picture.
“Perry’s economic plan would slash taxes, federal spending on programs
By Perry Bacon Jr., Updated: Tuesday, October 25, 11:50 AM
GRAY COURT, S.C.-Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has released an economic plan full of long-held conservative goals, including personal accounts for Social Security, an optional flat tax, major spending cuts and a series of tax cuts.
The plan would dramatically reduce taxes, particularly on wealthy Americans and corporations. It would reduce the corporate tax rate from 35 to 20 percent, eliminate taxes on dividends and many capital gains and essentially cap individual tax rates at 20 percent.
Perry argues these tax cuts will spur economic growth by creating a more favorable environment for wealthy individuals and corporations to start or expand their businesses. But without significant spending reductions, the tax cuts could drastically increase the federal budget deficit.
“Taxes will be cut across all income groups in America, and the net benefit will be more money in Americans’ pockets with greater investment in the private economy,” Perry said to an audience of more than 200 inside the factory at ISO Poly Films, Inc. in this South Carolina town.
The “Cut, Balance and Grow” plan, which Perry first unveiled Tuesday in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, puts Perry firmly to the political right of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in terms of economic policy.
As he releases the tax plan, Perry seems determined to re-energize his campaign and reassert himself as a candidate after weeks of struggles. In an interview with John Harwood, a reporter with CNBC and the New York Times, the Texas governor cast Romney--the GOP frontrunner--as a “fat cat”. He said he likes mentioning conservative falsehoods about President Obama’s birth because “It’s fun to poke him a little bit.”
Perry is clearly looking to woo tea party conservatives who have been reluctant to back Romney. In almost every way, he presents policies that are slightly more conservative than those of the former Massachusetts governor.
Romney has called for capping federal government spending at 20 percent of GDP, for example; the Texas governor proposes capping at 18 percent. (This year, under President Obama, spending is at 24 percent of GDP). Romney has proposed raising the retirementage to reform Social Security; Perry adopts an idea even more beloved by conservatives and hated by liberals: allowing young people to put their money into private savings accounts outside the traditional retirement system.
Romney would cut corporate taxes to 25 percent; Perry, 20. Although Romney has said one of his goals is a “flatter” American tax code, under Perry’s plan, Americans could either choose to pay taxes under the current system, or pay a 20 percent national flat tax.
Conservative activists have long called for the adoption of a flat tax. Indeed, Perry’s proposal for such a tax as an option is similar to one by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who would set the optional flat tax at 15 percent. Gingrich is also seeking the 2012 nomination.
Overall, Perry’s vision would call for much larger tax cuts and spending cuts than Romney’s proposals. It creates an even larger divide between him and Obama. If enacted, Perry’s plan probably would result in huge cuts to domestic spending programs and major tax cuts, particularly for the wealthy.”