The Corner


Conservative opponents of the fiscal-cliff deal say it contains 41 dollars of tax increases for every dollar of spending cuts. You can’t generate those numbers by using any consistent method of counting. You get it by including every dollar of scheduled tax increases the deal allows to go forward and excluding every dollar of the sequester the deal allows to go forward. There’s plenty to be said against this deal, but this soundbite is misleading.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.


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