Thursday, February 14, 2013

Stop Means Testing Everything

Once again I'm going to take Atrios' entire post, because its spot on.
I only noticed this morning that Obama's universal pre-k proposal
included the bone-headed idea of means testing at twice the poverty
level. That's not universal, and it breeds resentment among a large
swath of the population. It's bad policy and worse politics.

"People care about high marginal tax rates except the high marginal
tax rates faced by a lot of not-so-well-off people. When you start
clawing back deductions and tax credits and add additional means
testing to programs, you make the effective marginal tax rate for
people, over some range of income, very high.

Universal pre-k should be universal and universally free."

Typos courtesy of my iPhone

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