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It's easy to understand why Senator Max Baucus and others are trying to get a tax deal that keeps various targeted business tax breaks but not the general rate cuts to the income tax. Baucus is trying to get what is possible. The White House has said it will not tolerate continuing the income-tax cuts at the top of the schedule. There's bipartisan support, however, for preserving some of the business cuts, especially a credit for research and experimentation. But in practice this plan to keep one kind of cut but not another won't hold — other lawmakers are likely to append their own projects to Baucus’s legislation in the form of amendments. A more important failing of the Baucus plan: The economic growth derived from preserving these business cuts may be real, especially the growth from the research and experimentation tax credit, but it will not be consistently strong. "Green" tax breaks sound good but tend to distort already grossly distorted markets, as "Fuel Freedom," a new nonprofit, points out. What the U.S. needs is not more subsidies for green projects; it needs fewer distortions, so that customers can figure out the real prices of what they buy. Then our fuel economy will become more rational, and more efficient. And then we'll get the most growth for the tax law.
TARIFF-IED: Trade Talk with Matthew Rooney
This week, trade relations between the U.S. and India are continuing to escalate. Earlier this month, the U.S. stopped granting India special trade privileges by taking away the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, and India has responded by enforcing more tariffs of its own. The George W. Bush-SMU Economic Growth Initiative Director Matthew Rooney breaks down the trade conflict: For more information on trade groups and the global economy, visit www.bushcenter.org/scorecard.
How Trade Spreads Holiday Cheer
It is projected that the average American household will spend more than $1,000 during the holidays this year.
Deporting Salvadorans May Lead to Economic Decline
We should think carefully about a policy whose major impacts are likely to be reductions in employment and economic activity here at home, and increased instability and lawlessness along our borders.
Bush Institute's Laura Collins Talks Immigration on Good Morning Texas
Last week, Deputy Director of Economic Growth at the George. W. Bush Institute Laura Collins spoke with Good Morning Texas about immigration myths. During the interview, Collins had the opportunity to set the record straight and address common misconceptions about legal immigrants living in America today. The segment was inspired from facts released earlier this fall by the Bush Institute in the third edition of America's Advantage: A Handbook on Immigration and Economic Growth. Watch the full Good Morning Texas interview here.