The country deserved better geniuses
More of the post-election mea culpas.
Sorry, my response remains the same, Disheartened Obamaphiles should just stop talking.
Add another to the list, Harvard Professor of Economics Greg Mankiw.
If in 2008 you thought Obama was a moderate, you’re not as smart as you think you are, Professor Mankiw.gregmankiw.blogspot.com/2012/12/an-unf…
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Back in 2008, when President Obama was running for his first term, he promised to be a post-partisan leader. While a Democrat, he said he would accept good ideas when they came from Republicans. At the time, I believed him, at least to some degree. And I wrote about it in this NY Times column.
Sadly, I was wrong. The short version of the story is this: As a candidate, President Obama campaigned on a platform of raising taxes on the rich. Yet he and his economic advisers also said they wanted to raise dividend taxes only slightly, from 15 to 20 percent. For reasons I explained in the Times article, keeping dividend taxes low was a position bolstered by good economics. Now, however, the president wants to raise dividend taxes to ordinary income tax rates (plus, for high-income taxpayers, the new tax of 3.8 percent that is part of the Obamacare legislation).
To be it another way, he campaigned as a moderate, willing to concede that the other party had some good ideas on tax policy. Once in office, he gave up on those ideas.