More on Clark’s tax plan

Ruy Teixeira, who has both a more expert an a more dispassionate view than I do, thinks that Clark’s tax program is good politics, and that Dean’s isn’t.

I note that Jane Galt is concerned that Clark’s plan doesn’t add up: that is, that it actually includes more tax cuts than tax increases, thus failing its intention to be revenue-neutral. The Wall Street Journal, in an editorial today, calls it “a huge tax increase.”

At most one of those criticisms is correct.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com