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Reforming Our Tax System, Reducing Our Deficit

The U.S. Capitol under dark, stormy clouds book_alt2 icon Report In order to secure our fiscal future and achieve meaningful deficit reduction over the next 10 years, we need a plan that combines progressive, revenue-enhancing tax reform with pragmatic spending cuts that do not undermine the middle class, the poor, or seniors.

By Roger Altman, William Daley, John Podesta, Robert Rubin, Leslie Samuels, Lawrence Summers, Neera Tanden, Antonio Weiss, Michael Ettlinger, Seth Hanlon, and Michael Linden | Tuesday, December 4, 2012

How Much Revenue Was in Simpson-Bowles?

Simpson-Bowles bars icon Charts The Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction plan actually recommends more revenue than proposals on either side of the aisle—including the president’s budget.

By Sarah Ayres Steinberg and Michael Linden | Thursday, November 15, 2012

Video: Where Did the Debt Come From?

play_alt icon Video Michael Linden, CAP's Director of Tax and Budget Policy, looks at what happened in the 10 years since the Congressional Budget Office projected a massive surplus.

By Michael Linden | Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Infographic: Seven Graphs That Show Supply-Side Doesn’t Work

An infographic from Michael Ettlinger and Michael Linden presents data to show why supply-side economics doesn't work.

By Michael Ettlinger and Michael Linden | Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Failure of Supply-Side Economics

Michael Ettlinger and Michael Linden give three decades' worth of evidence that proves supply-side economics doesn't work.

By Michael Ettlinger and Michael Linden | Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Private-Sector Jobs Bounce Back Under Obama

Michael Linden shows that under President Obama private-sector jobs have recovered but the public sector’s job losses are preventing a strong labor market.

By Michael Linden | Friday, May 4, 2012

The Rich and Powerful Really Are Rich and Powerful

Michael Linden points out the many flaws in Washington Post columnist Robert J. Samuelson’s argument that the wealthy don’t hold sway over federal policy.

By Michael Linden | Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Federal Tax Code and Income Inequality

article icon Issue Brief Michael Linden examines how our tax code has grown less effective at dampening income inequality, and how various proposals to reform the code would affect inequality.

By Michael Linden | Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Richest 1 Percent Get More, Pay Less

This chart from Michael Linden shows how the wealthiest Americans have enjoyed more income with lower taxes since 1993. Asking them to pay their fair share should be part of any deficit reduction plan.

By Michael Linden | Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Chart: Budget Resolution Claiming to Be Simpson-Bowles Comes Up Very Short

Michael Linden explains that an alternative House budget resolution supposedly based on the recommendations of Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles is short $1 trillion of revenue.

By Michael Linden | Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The 6 Key Failures of the House Republican Budget Plan

Michael Linden finds nothing but austerity, insincerity, and duplicity in the latest plan from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.

By Michael Linden | Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Latest House Budget Plan Adds to Federal Debt

Michael Linden details why the latest budget proposal from the House Budget Committee chairman means higher deficits and more debt

By Michael Linden | Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Anticipating the New House Republican Budget Plan

Michael Linden points to the telltale signs that conservatives in the House either are serious about enacting a real budget this year or preparing a purely political document.

By Michael Linden | Thursday, March 15, 2012

Rich Americans Are Not Overtaxed

Sarah Ayres and Michael Linden debunk a popular, but specious, conservative talking point that purports the 1 percent are already overtaxed.

By Sarah Ayres Steinberg and Michael Linden | Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Video: Did the Stimulus Work?

play_alt icon Video Michael Linden examines the success of the stimulus by looking at its impact on three broad but important indicators for the American economy.

By Michael Linden | Wednesday, February 15, 2012