Magazine November 7, 2016, Issue

Two Flawed Tax Plans

Congress would have to restrain either Clinton or Trump

This year’s presidential race may be wildly different from past races, but one of the verities of our era still holds: Republicans want to cut taxes and Democrats to raise them. On this issue, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are running as mainstream representatives of their parties. The public should hope that Congress exercises a restraining influence on either one of them.

Clinton would raise taxes on high earners in a variety of ways. People who make more than $5 million would pay a new 4 percent “surcharge.” The value of several tax deductions, such as the one for mortgage interest, …

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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