David Brooks Has a Dream for Tax Reform

David Brooks (Photo Credit - Josh Haner/The New York Times)

David Brooks’ Op-Ed in the New York Times yesterday is worth reading. He makes some great points that I believe pragmatic and independent minded voters (including myself) can appreciate and see a glimmer of hope that our politicians can do some good for our nation.

Read the full article here, but David Brooks lays out the dream that he hopes will be the Obama Administration tactic for the State of The Union:

Brooks is hoping that the President will take on the tax code and use the State of the Union as the launching pad in which the President might say,

“The plan we will work on this year will look a bit like the 1986 reform plan. We will clean out the loopholes. We will take on the special interests. We will lower rates and make the tax code fair.”

Brooks goes on to comment,

Then Obama asks his aides to come up with a tax reform proposal he can lay before Congress. The State of the Union, he knows, is the one big chance he will have to redefine himself before the American people. On the big night, Obama stands before Congress. He gestures over to a giant stack of papers. “This is our tax code,” he tells the American people. “It’s rotten and we’re scrapping it.”

Later on in his piece, Brooks talks about a debate he had with Congressman Paul Ryan last week at the conservative think tank AEI.

I argued that Obama and his aides are liberal or center-left pragmatists and that nothing they have said or written suggests they want to turn the U.S. into Sweden. I continued that Ryan’s sharply polarized vision is not only journalistically inaccurate, it makes compromise and politics impossible. If every concession is regarded as an unprincipled surrender that takes us inexorably farther down the road to serfdom, then nothing will get done and the nation will go bankrupt.

Check out the full article. It is worth a read.

-Glenn

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