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Pethokoukis, Economics, Taxes and Spending

Weird. Liberals fear Hillary won’t raise taxes on the rich

The New Republic’s Noam Scheiber is worried that Hillary Clinton hasn’t gotten the memo. It’s not enough for Scheiber that the likely Democratic presidential nominee will almost certainly make inequality a core theme of her 2016 campaign. One can expect calls for universal preschool, a higher minimum wage, and more infrastructure investment among other policies to boost living standards at the middle and bottom. But Scheiber is worried that she won’t take the next step and express a clear desire to sock it to the 1% with a big, fat tax hike. read more >

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Economics, Pethokoukis, Taxes and Spending, U.S. Economy

3 things account for 85% of higher government spending over the next decade

Federal spending is projected to rise by $2.3 trillion over the next decade, according to CBO. That average annual increase of 5.2% will help take the US debt/GDP ratio from 72% last year – and just 35% in 2007 – to 77% in 2024. This is key: just three parts of the budget account for 85% of that increase. read more >