ProJo Blames Conservatives in Congress for Complicated Taxes
The ProJo Editors came out against tax fiddling and focused on a couple areas of “trouble” related to taxation and the implementation of President Obama’s health care program. They think that the 2.3% tax on medical devices is no big deal because the manufacturers of said devices make a lot of money now and will make even more thanks to the health care reforms, so they should pay more. Except, with their usual blinders, they don’t account for reality: the manufacturers will probably just pass that tax increase off to consumers (or, by extension, their health insurer, which is us…so how does this work?).
They ProJo Eds are particularly troubled by the complicated tax code, in general and are in favor of making it “flatter” and simpler (here here!). And they blame…conservatives?
The biggest problem is Congress’s (and especially its “conservatives’ ”) tendency to promote such fiscal dodges as tax credits instead of transparent taxes and spending. The taxes that folks don’t pay because they get a tax credit are taxes that someone else must pay. But members of Congress like to make it all as opaque as possible.
Huh? Well, you see, from the Eds perspective, the Democrats fell down on the job because they “believed the insurance lobby was just too powerful to overcome in Washington” and the Republicans who all voted against the Obamacare plan somehow benefited from the insurance lobbyists…it’s pretty confusing rhetoric, really. Never mind that they ignore the fact that nearly every reform plan that aims to make the tax system “flatter” (at least to my knowledge) has come from fiscal conservatives (from Steve Forbes, to Paul Ryan to Ron Paul, etc.). Cognitive dissonance strikes again.