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Arguments for tax cuts “naive,” a “fairy tale”

A commentary in the National Review, one of the leading conservative publications, scoffed at the two main conservative arguments for tax cuts. Correspondent Kevin D. Williamson wrote that there was little evidence to back up the “naive supply-side story that tax cuts pay for themselves.” He also said the alternative “starve the beast” argument for tax cuts – that it will force the government to cut spending – was a “fairy tale.” He cited Kansas’ ongoing budget problems as a case in point. He also posed a question to politicians (and anti-tax groups) who insist that significant tax cuts can be offset by simple gains in efficiency: “If it were that simple, then why not implement those cost-saving measures first and the tax cuts afterward?” – Phillip Brownlee