Tax pro­posal

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - OPINION -

Th­ese days, there’s up­beat “tax re­form” dis­cus­sion. How­ever, the Repub­li­can “plan” re­mains cloudy.

I have a sug­ges­tion that we, the elec­torate, might be able to use to eval­u­ate what evolves. When Congress fi­nally de­fines a plan, de­velop an on­line model into which any of us could in­put our past fed­eral tax data, churn it and learn the im­pact ab­sent the spin of politi­cians, aca­demics and com­men­ta­tors.

And show the im­pact on the pres­i­dent, key se­nior ad­vis­ers and mem­bers of Congress.

As a re­tiree who item­izes and deducts state and lo­cal taxes, I sus­pect I will lose.

I re­mem­ber the Rea­gan tax re­form. In­ter­est­ing that fed­eral debt al­most tripled un­der Ron­ald Rea­gan. Ac­cord­ing to Wikipedia, “Dur­ing Rea­gan’s pres­i­dency, the na­tional debt grew from $997 bil­lion to $2.85 tril­lion. This led to the U.S. mov­ing from the world’s largest in­ter­na­tional cred­i­tor to the world’s largest debtor na­tion.”

A few decades later came

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