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Michael Cohen mike at cns.bu.edu
Fri Oct 23 10:06:57 PDT 1998

Brad De Long wrote:

> But even so *this* portion of the tax code is appallingly regressive,
> yet--because every elite journalist benefits from it massively--any attempt
> to scale it back meets with immediate loud media howls... (Not that either
> political party cares about making the tax code more progressive these
> days...)

Why is there so little political interest these daysin a progressive tax code? In the 50's the marginal tax rate was 90% or thereabouts. Who was classwise supporting a progressive income tax in the past? Why did this support disappear? Has anybody done a class and sociological analysis of this little point of history.

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