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  • Series: Encounter Broadsides (Book 17)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594035563
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594035562
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 4.7 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,912,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Ferrara is director of entitlement and budget policy for the Institute for Policy Innovation, a senior fellow at the Heartland Insitute, and general counsel of the American Civil Rights Union. He served in the White House Office of Policy Development under President Reagan, and as associate deputy attorney general of the United States under the first President Bush. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fritz R. Ward TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 7, 2012
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Peter Ferrara, a former official from the Reagan and (HW) Bush whitehouses and now with the Institute for Policy Innovation, thinks Obama's tax policy is "piracy." It is a charge not born out by his book. The book itself argues something rather different, namely that Obama's proposed tax policies do not promote growth. There is something to the latter charge, but one suspects the inflamatory title sells more books.

Basically, the fundamental flaw in the Obama tax policy is that it assumes that spending is what drives economic development. It is not. What drives development is saving and investing. But excessive taxation of capital can inhibit economic growth and this is precisely what the Obama administration seeks. The president has proposed raising the corporate income tax to 40% when most countries around the world are cutting back to 12%. He wants to raise taxes on dividends, capital gains, and income, especially on those who receive much of their income from their small business. And he honestly believes that giving a $400 tax break to "95%" of Americans (in the form of the soon to expire, "making work pay" tax break/welfare handout) will actually help the economy, as will reducing payroll (social security) taxes by a measly $20 a month or so. The truth of the matter is though, that the beneficiaries of these handouts face the same incentives as everyone else. And if there is little incentive to save or invest, jobs will stagnate.

One can make the case that the proposed and actual tax policies of the Obama administration (to say nothing of the new costs that are associated with Obamacare) will limit economic growth. Indeed, they already have. But realistically, this is not piracy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 20, 2012
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Peter Ferrara is a director for the Institute for Social Innovation and a fellow at the Heartland Institute; he also served under presidents Reagan and G.H.W. Bush. He has written many books, such as Obama and the Crash of 2013 (Encounter Broadsides), America's Ticking Bankruptcy Bomb: How the Looming Debt Crisis Threatens the American Dream-and How We Can Turn the Tide Before It's Too Late, Social Security: The Inherent Contradiction (Studies in public policy), Social Security: Prospects for Real Reform, etc.

He criticizes the President's so-called "cap-and-trade" proposal: "Some politicians have ludicrously suggested this could be done at a cost to families of only a couple of dollars a week. But achieving those levels of reduction would require trillions of dollars in higher costs for at least the next several decades, with costs higher to the extent that the government keeps C02-free nuclear power under wraps." (Pg. 6-7)

He asserts, "American companies (are) sitting on $2 trillion of capital right now and... banks sitting on a trillion dollars in excess reserves. The economy is poised to boom, and it can't wait to do so, but President Obama's tax piracy is barring the way." (Pg. 12-13) He argues, "it is not about whether investors, entrepreneurs, or small businesses can 'afford' increased taxes or 'need' any tax cuts...
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