Saturday, June 14, 2008

Some Interesting Articles

#1: The Washington Post's Fact Checker has a piece on McCain vs. Obama on Taxes.
"McCain would like to make the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 permanent, and has proposed a few more of his own. Obama, by contrast, favors allowing the tax cuts to expire as scheduled for Americans earning more than $250,000 a year. He would raise taxes on capital gains and dividends, but has also promised tax breaks for low and middle-income Americans."

#2: In the same vein, the Urban Center and the Brookings Institution's Tax Policy Center has A Preliminary Analysis of the 2008 Presidential Candidates' Tax Plans.
"Fundamental reform of our tax system is one way to resolve these problems, but because reform creates both winners and losers, the leading presidential candidates have not addressed it seriously. Nonetheless, both candidates have proposed major changes to the nation's tax laws."

#3: David Ignatius has an column in the Washington Post from this past week on Obama's Economic Challenge.
"But will Obama's domestic economic agenda also be exciting and visionary? Will it connect with the country's yearning for fundamental change? That's a much harder question, and it goes to one of the trickiest problems for Obama: Can a candidate who has gathered such a broad tent of supporters also find the intellectual spark that could make him a transformational president? What will he stand for, other than the generic idea of change? What's the cutting edge here?"

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