Refinancing America: The Republican Antitax Agenda

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 2003 - Political Science - 280 pages
A fascinating account of the long history of antitax sentiments within the Republican party, Refinancing America looks at how opposition to income and wealth taxation became the dominant factor influencing the party s political agenda. The countless proposals for tax cuts introduced by Republicans in Congress during the 1990s, as well as the Bush administration s $1.6 trillion tax cut in May 2001, were not aberrations, but rather the continuation of a long tradition of hostility to taxation. Nevertheless, the rhetoric and devotion to the antitax cause in the 1990s was more pronounced than in the past, and this book explains how this more extreme strain of antitax politics came to dominate the GOP.
 

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Contents

The Origins of Republican Tax Policy
19
Forever a Minority Party?
35
Reagan Changes the Course
57
The Tax Deadlock Decade
71
Tax Policy in the Twentyfirst Century
107
GOP Campaign to Kill the Death Tax
137
The Great Corporate Tax Giveaway
159
The Politics of the Surplus
169
The Prospects for US Tax Policy
199
Charts
205
Tables
211
Notes
227
Bibliography
267
Index
271
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Sheldon D. Pollack is Associate Professor of Business Law at the University of Delaware. He is the author of The Failure of U.S. Tax Policy: Revenue and Politics.

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