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"And the debate about taxes is part of a bigger debate about government, individuals, and the economy."


How do you make this debate non-partisan?

Roger Keeling


No need to apologize about returning to this topic. You are quite right: not only was the paper provocative, it really is about one of the most pressing issues the entire progressive world faces right now. I hope you continue writing about this as more thoughts occur to you.

I do second Ellen1910's question: how is it possible for this debate to be "non-partisan" when the breakdown of the system is so clearly the absolute result - - intentionally - - of conservative / GOP policy?

Nell Lancaster

Love the post's title! (surely not?)

:: do they understand that the Social Security debate and the debate over making the tax cuts permanent are not entirely separate things? ::

This raises again the question I asked in comments to an earlier post: What is the timetable for the inevitable fight over whether the Bush tax cuts expire? Is there a mechanism in the law itself that gives any timing framework, or is it utterly up to Rove (acting through the GOP leadership in Congress)?

However, Mark, if you're only going to answer one question, please make it Ellen1910's.


Perhaps I'm too disconnected from the foundation world, but haven't discussions about the individual and political economy always been inherently partisan? Other than putting forth one's ideas in good faith, vehement disagreement is part of the deal. As I recall from reading Nick Confessore's article in the 1/16/05 NYTimes Magazine, the issue is really quite simple: any tax reform that is revenue neutral will have losers. All debate flows from there. Who wins, who loses and why? I don't see anything wrong with foundations subsidzing serious people who are interested in developing persuasive, well-informed answers to these questions.

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