Wednesday, July 13, 2005

The Rapidly Declining Deficit

Michael Darda (Chief Economist at MKM Partners) was on C-SPAN's Washington Journal this morning discussing his recent article for the National Review entitled 'The Rapidly Declining Deficit'.
According to the Treasury department, the U.S. government took in a single-day record $61 billion in tax receipts on June 15. This surpassed the previous single-day high of $56 billion set on December 15, 2000. The recent surge in tax revenues is not just a one-day event. Fiscal year to date, total government receipts are up 15.5 percent, the fastest rate of increase on a comparable FYTD basis since 1981.

This is also noteworthy:


Unfortunately, the finer points of dynamic scoring escape the “logic” of the no-growth neo-Malthusian Democrats and the root-canal contingent in the Republican party. Both would be well advised to look at the record of the Baltic states, some of which have had flat taxes for over a decade. Flat-tax countries have experienced superior macroeconomic performance and rapid tax-revenue growth despite undergoing the same unfavorable demographic trends that have plagued Western Europe and Japan. This is no accident.
Update: The Laffer Curve Strikes Again


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