Magazine December 18, 2017, Issue

The Tax Trade-Off

>Members of the Senate Budget Committee, prior to approving tax-reform legislation on November 28 (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
A better tax code could be worth a larger deficit

Since the late 1970s, Republicans have been the party of tax cuts. During this period, successful tax-cut proposals — those that have made it into law — have always combined two kinds of reforms. They have cut tax rates to increase incentives to work, save, and invest. And they have reduced tax bills for middle-class families, typically by granting tax relief to parents.

The tax cut advancing through Congress now, and especially its Senate version, fits within this tradition of marrying populism to supply-side economics. If it is enacted, it should yield a modest, immediate increase in take-home pay for tens

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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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