West on Bradley's Gravitas

Max Sawicky sawicky at epinet.org
Sun Jan 16 21:44:58 PST 2000

Indeed, and one should also mention Bradley's decisive role in what is arguably the most radically reactionary legislation of the Reagan years: the tax reform bill of 1986. (Wasn't Bradley a co-sponsor?)

The '81 tax bill was reactionary. The '86 bill was not. I don't know which Bradley supported, tho the '86 bill was in the spirit of the tax reform he had been promoting.

The '86 bill lowered the top rate but it also broadened the tax base applicable to upper- income taxpayers. The result was probably not a net gain for progressivity, but the '81 bill was far worse in this respect.


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