In the morass of tax increases that Obama’s proposing, he’s changed his mind, a little bit – again.
This is a pretty big change for Obamanomics. Economic advisers Austan Goolsbee and Jason Furman, in today’s Wall Street Journal, now say that Barack Obama’s tax plan will do the following:
1) It will increase capital gains and dividend tax rates, to 20 percent, only for families making over $250,000. Before, Obama was hinting at rates as high as 28 percent for everyone.
2) On the issue of the Social Security income cap, he’s now considering a plan that would make folks earning over $250,000 pay in the range of 2 to 4 percentage points more in total (combined employer and employee) payroll taxes. Previously, there were hints at increases of from 6 percent to 12 percentage points.
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Speaking of taxes, John Hinderaker takes the NYT to task for their egregious ignorance on who/how/when pays corporate taxes on what (i.e., their net income, not their gross receipts).