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Pryderi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:34 PM
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Did JFK believe in ''trickle down'' economics?
Edited on Thu Apr-14-11 06:35 PM by Pryderi
Our tax system still siphons out of the private economy too large a share of personal and business purchasing power and reduces the incentive for risk, investment and effort thereby aborting our recoveries and stifling our national growth rate.

A tax cut means higher family income and higher business profits and a balanced federal budget. Every taxpayer and his family will have more money left over after taxes for a new car, a new home, new conveniences, education and investment. Every businessman can keep a higher percentage of his profits in his cash register or put it to work expanding or improving his business, and as the national income grows, the federal government will ultimately end up with more revenues.

In those countries where income taxes are lower than in the United States, the ability to defer the payment of U.S. tax by retaining income in the subsidiary companies provides a tax advantage for companies operating through overseas subsidiaries that is not available to companies operating solely in the United States. Many American investors properly made use of this deferral in the conduct of their foreign investment.

Our present tax system ... exerts too heavy a drag on growth ... It reduces the financial incentives for personal effort, investment, and risk-taking ... The present tax load ... distorts economic judgments and channels an undue amount of energy into efforts to avoid tax liabilities.

The present tax codes ... inhibit the mobility and formation of capital, add complexities and inequities which undermine the morale of the taxpayer, and make tax avoidance rather than market factors a prime consideration in too many economic decisions.

In short, it is a paradoxical truth that ... the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now. The experience of a number of European countries and Japan have borne this out. This country's own experience with tax reduction in <1980> has borne this out. And the reason is that only full employment can balance the budget, and tax reduction can pave the way to that employment. The purpose of cutting taxes now is not to incur a budget deficit, but to achieve the more prosperous, expanding economy which can bring a budget surplus.

The largest single barrier to full employment of our manpower and resources and to a higher rate of economic growth is the unrealistically heavy drag of federal income taxes on private purchasing power, initiative and incentive.

Expansion and modernization of the nation's productive plant is essential to accelerate economic growth and to improve the international competitive position of American industry ... An early stimulus to business investment will promote recovery and increase employment.

A bill be presented to the Congress for action year. It include an across-the-board, top-to-bottom cut in both corporate and personal income taxes. It include long-needed tax reform that logic and equity demand ... The billions of dollars this bill will place in the hands of the consumer and our businessmen will have both immediate and permanent benefits to our economy. Every dollar released from taxation that is spent or invested will help create a new job and a new salary. And these new jobs and new salaries can create other jobs and other salaries and more customers and more growth for an expanding American economy.
http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/jfkeconomicclu...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEdXrfIMdiU
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bbinacan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:35 PM
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1. Yes. n/t
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rfranklin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:41 PM
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2. If he did, he was wrong....
so what?
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rfranklin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:44 PM
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3. The premises of the OP are right if...
Edited on Thu Apr-14-11 06:44 PM by rfranklin
you put money in the hands of those who have no money. They will spend it and stimulate the economy. When you give tax breaks to the wealthy, they "invest" that money and speculate in various ways that do not stimulate the economy
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bbinacan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:47 PM
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4. Hate to break it to y'all
JFK was not the Liberal so many pretend to believe he was. Hell, this is straight out of the Laffer Curve.
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zappaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:54 PM
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7. Very true
If that little scumbag LHO hadn't of killed him, JFK would probably be viewed in a very different light...
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bbinacan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:55 PM
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8. Yep.
He was also very hawkish.
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TheKentuckian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:49 PM
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5. I wouldn't draw that conclusion. Too high a rate can stifle investment and too low
means no reason to.

There is a balance somewhere between present rates and 90%. I'm guessing the "sweet spot" is somewhere between 50 and 60%.
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bbinacan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:52 PM
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6. Exactly!
The Laffer Curve, I don't think, should be in dispute, it's the "sweet spot".
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:24 PM
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9. No. JFK was a New Deal Democrat who used Govt power to make life better for ALL Americans.
President Kennedy's New Frontier and the Apollo Program were the beginning. JFK wanted jobs for every worker, universal health care, access to top schools and a whole lot more.

President Kennedy battled Wall Street and the corporate class.

"What (J.F.K. tried) to do with everything from global investment patterns to tax breaks for individuals was to re-shape laws and policies so that the power of property and the search for profit would not end up destroying rather than creating economic prosperity for the country."

-- Donald Gibson, Battling Wall Street. The Kennedy Presidency

Signing legislation that cuts taxes does not make him into a proponent of Reaganomics, no matter what Laffer, Rove or other present day revisionist says.
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