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The tax plans of presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama are
“emblematic of their approach to policy more generally,” an economist said
“Senator Obama’s tax policies are very much focused on redistribution, increasing taxes paid by maybe the top 5 percent and lowering taxes for the bottom 95 percent,” said Robert Carroll, vice president for economic policy at the Tax Foundation, at a panel discussion featuring economic experts at the Union League Club on Tuesday.
“Sen. McCain’s tax plan is much more focused on changing incentives on ways that would as he described promote economic growth lowering the cost of capital by lowering business taxes,” Carroll said.
Carroll said that neither candidate would be able to implement their entire plans once elected. Carroll said he disagrees with some details of McCain’s plan, but favors his approach.
Panelist Diane Lim Rogers, chief economist at the Concord Coalition, a nonprofit economic policy center, cautioned that debating specific points of the candidates’ tax policies could be fruitless.
“I feel like talking about the details of the candidate’s proposals almost seems a little silly,” she said. “I think that one of the effects of this latest crisis is a realization that maybe the candidate’s won’t be able to do everything they talk about on the campaign trail once they get into the White House.”
Some of the approximately 60 audience members expressed concern about the
bailout plan that failed to pass a House vote Monday. Troy Ingram, a
Panelist Robert Chirinko, professor of finance at the
Chirinko said the bill should be good for
The discussion was sponsored by University of Illinois Institute of Government and the club’s Public Affairs Committee.