Making America's Budget Policy: From the 1980s to the 1990s
This collection of articles traces the evolution over the 1980s of budget policy and tax reform by an architect of the Bradley tax reform bill. The articles present a chronological analysis of tax changes and the heated controversy over budget policy and the deficit. It concludes with an analysis of what the future holds. The author, currently staff director of the Joint Economic Committee of Congress, has the perspective of a fiscal expert with many years on the Washington scene.
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PART n THE POLICY ENVIRONMENT OF THE 1980s
Semantics of the Flat Rate Tax and Tax Reform
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