Homer Gets a Tax Cut: Inequality and Public Policy in the American Mind – Larry M. Bartels
Overall Summary (1/2 page):
For the past thirty years, the economy of the United States has experienced a shifting of the income distribution. Economic inequalities have been growing, and the causes are still uncertain, but the author points out, the United States has done little to readjust the markets. In 2000, during then Texas Governor George Bush’s campaign for Presidency, Bush used tax cutting as a main centerpiece of his platform. Once elected, he and congress, enacted these tax cuts, which mainly affect the wealthy. After some of these tax cuts in 2002, the American National Election Studies put out a survey that asked questions relating to the public’s perception on economic inequality, politics, and tax cuts. Using this information, Bartels sought to understand what the public thought about the economic inequality, and also tax cuts, and to see if a correlation could be made between the two. Background (1 page):
This article has been written to investigate the public reaction to the Bush administration enacting two tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 that had primarily benefited the wealthy. For the past thirty years, the gap between the rich and the poor has been widening, because of causes that are still being debated, however, the author points out that while most countries are using government policy to aid in economic inequality, the American government seems to let the economic trends take their course. In 2000, George W. Bush’s campaign centered around tax cutting, and less than five months into his term, recommendations were made by Bush to Congress to pass various bills enabling tax cuts totaling more than 1.3 trillion over ten years. These tax cuts were seen by many as a tax relief to the wealthy, and too little to the middle and lower classes. Through polls conducted by the American National Election Studies (NES) in 2002, the author was able to pull...
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