Mister Pterodactyl
Thursday, September 06, 2007
I think I got it
Stephen Green liveblogged the latest Republican 'debate' [Latest unless there's been another in the last 24 hours. Has there been?] Here's a brief excerpt: "8:17pm Romney just promised to make 'the Bush tax cuts permanent.'"

There's something that always bothered me about tax cuts, and I could never quite put my finger on why. I think I get it now.
It's this: tax cuts can be "temporary" and "expire" after a set period unless they're "extended" or "made permanent."
As if the taxes have always been there, as if the taxes are natural. And we can tinker with them, but they'll always come back unless we pay real close attention. Kind of like that grass that comes up between chunks of sidewalk. And that's how it's supposed to be.

Shouldn't it be the other way around? Congress should be debating whether to renew taxes, not tax cuts. They, and the administration, should all get together every so often. Say, every four years. They could get together every four years and discuss whether to re-enact the tax laws they decided on four years ago, whether to change them and so on.
Every four years. During leap year. In the summertime, so it'll be right before you-know-what.

UPDATE: At the present time, monkeys are not flying out of my butt. I will alert you if this changes. Watch this space.
Lots of other sunset laws, too.
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