Why Closing Loopholes Isn’t Enough

An op-ed from Len Burman and Joel Slemrod:

That leaves us with one choice: do all of the above. Let’s trim spending where we can, broaden the base where it makes the most sense and, yes, raise marginal tax rates as well. Returning tax rates to Clinton-era levels for married filers making over $250,000 a year and singles making $200,000 or more, as President Obama has proposed, would be a good start, and might provide the impetus for more serious discussions of tax and entitlement reform.The only thing we shouldn’t do is pretend any of these fixes will be painless or easy for everyone. They won’t. Even in a happy, thriving democracy, someone ends up holding the bag.

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