Raising rates in a slow economy may work in a static economic model, but in reality it flattens the economy and doesnít increase federal revenue.
When our tax code punishes companies for moving their overseas profits back to the United States, we encourage them to invest overseas. When we have 73,000-plus pages of tax code littered with exceptions, we create a moment each year when Americans can only hope their taxes are correct but are never certain. When tax rates quickly expire without any sign of future permanent reform, we discourage long-term investment. When the federal government takes half of a personís assets at death to redistribute it to other families, we devastate a grieving family and encourage them not to save and invest. When tax rates expire and government programs live forever, our system is exactly backward.
Tax reform is long overdue in America. Two years ago, the lame-duck Congress extended all rates for two years to allow the economy to catch up. With unemployment still hovering around 8 percent, itís time to start fixing the broken code and spurring economic development. I was once told that in the consulting world they say, ďIf you canít solve a problem, there is good money to be made in prolonging it.Ē
Americansí frustration continues to grow because it appears Washington is filled with people prolonging the problem, rather than solving it. Our nation isnít looking for another consultant. She is looking for leaders.
Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla., is a member of the Budget, Oversight and Government Reform, and Transportation and Infrastructure committees.
James Jones, communications director for DC Vote, tapes a "DC Constituents Service Day" sign on the wall as he stands with other DC residents outside of Rep. Andy Harris's office on Capitol Hill to protest Harris' actions against D.C.'s marijuana laws on Thursday, July 24, 2014. DC Vote encouraged DC residents to bring their complaints about city services to the Maryland congressman.