Could tough budget choices nudge our wise political leaders to seek efficient public policies such as a revenue generating carbon tax? Â The NY Times scores some debate points today making the case in this article.Â Â My old friend Gib Metcalf now plays a key role in the U.S Treasury Department and his past research at Tufts is discussed. Â I highly recommend his Brooking’s Hamilton Project piece on carbon taxes. Gib convincingly argues that it would be efficient toÂ bundle a labor tax cut with a carbon tax increase. Â If you like to boil life down to a bumper sticker; reject “Got Garlic?” and embrace “tax waste, not work”. Â Â For those who are interested in the political economy of how the U.S Congress votes on carbon legislation, I suggest reading my empirical paper that will soon be published in Economic Inquiry. Â Â For any proposal you can think of, will Representatives and Senators from poor, high carbon, conservative areas vote for it?