Magazine October 16, 2017, Issue

Cut the Payroll Tax

(Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)
It will help middle-class households and boost growth

Republicans are assembling tax-reform plans aimed at pushing economic growth above the subpar performance of recent years. Since the deep recession associated with the financial crash that ended in mid 2009, the U.S. economy has grown, in real terms, at an average annual rate of just 2.2 percent, far below the 3.4 percent average annual rate over the period of 1983 to 2007.

Faster growth is the essential precondition for addressing the country’s many economic challenges. Without stronger growth, workers will not see the wage gains they want and expect, and the federal government will never have enough revenue to pay

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Books, Arts & Manners




Give Me Your Poesy I very much enjoyed Kevin D. Williamson’s essay on Emma Lazarus (“Wretched Refuse, Indeed,” August 28) and the way in which her famous poem, which had several ...
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