James Pethokoukis

Politics and policy from inside Washington

Here comes the healthcare surtax!

July 10, 2009

From The Hill:

The House will propose raising taxes on people earning more than $350,000 a year to pay $540 billion for healthcare reform, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) said Friday. … Rangel said Democrats will seek to enact one large tax increase targeting wealthier workers to generate the revenue they need to finance their $1 trillion-plus healthcare reform bill. “We have decided that instead of putting pieces of different revenue raisers together, that the best that we can do [is] we would have graduated surtaxes starting at [$]350],000],” Rangel said. The tax hikes would begin in 2011 and raise $540 billion over 10 years, he said after a meeting with Democratic committee members.

My spin: The Californication of US economic policy continues as a smaller and smaller group of taxpayers shoulder more of the tax burden. Also, one more reason why American might suffer a Lost Decade of subpar economic growth.

Comments

Is anyone paying attention here!?! Will we have the America we all know when this guy is done wrecking EVERYTHING and driving us into the ground? Me thinks the odds are against it. Sad, just sad.

Thanks for nothing Obama voters!

Btw James, great blog, how Reuters (read: yet another leftist media outlet) allows you to write this stuff is beyond me. By all means, keep it up as long as you can. Please.

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