Label-induced Hysteria

“Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said that ‘if [Obamacare] had been seen as a tax, they wouldn’t have gotten ten votes, much less sixty. . . they either don’t know what they’re doing, or they lied to us. So this is a huge issue in the fall.’”  http://spectator.org/archives/2012/06/29/roberts-too-clever-by-half/print.  Senator Graham, himself deluded or gullible by his own admission, indicates that the American people don’t have the sense to look through labels to substance.  He’s probably right:  Look at the effort to relabel the estate tax the “Death Tax,” and to call a trillion-dollar retroactive territoriality scheme a “Holiday.”  https://newrevenue.org/2011/11/23/tax-repatriation-holiday-choosing-words-strategically-2/

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Author: patoglesby

From 1982 to 1990, I worked in tax policy for Committees of the United States Congress. In recent years, I was Adjunct Lecturer at UNC-Chapel Hill's Business School and then Adjunct Professor at its Law School.

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