America the progressive, part IV

My favorite liberal social scientist, Lane Kenworthy, wades into the debate on the progressivity of the American tax code here. As Lane notes, and despite all the hand-waving from some poorly informed liberal writers, America’s tax code is more progressive than those of most other rich countries.

Lane points out that if we want to redistribute wealth, it’s better to do it through spending than through progressive taxation.

So here’s an idea for far-sighted Republicans or Democrats—combine a growth-oriented tax code (broad base, low rates; tax consumption, not investment) with a plan to replace the welfare state.

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