约翰·麦凯恩和美国的衰落

伯克利——早在1981年,美国的共和党政府就放弃了与政府预算平衡有关的一切信念。随时随地、抓住一切机会减税的理念开始变得根深蒂固,因为人们认为降低税收能够带来更多的收入。

欧文·克里斯托曾在 《公共利益》 杂志担任过编辑,同时也是减税理念的学术缔造者。他后来曾经写道自己对减税理念的对错并不感兴趣,他只在意这种做法是否能收到效果。若干年后,克里斯托谈到了自己“对预算赤字和其他货币或财政问题所持的随意态度。我们的任务…是创建全新的…保守派…共和党多数势力——而这些保守的多数派人士只注重政治效率、而不会把政府的帐目赤字当成是首要的目标…”

现在有一点已经显而易见,那就是曾经把乔治·W·布什的减税政策斥之为轻率之举并拒绝为其投票的约翰·麦凯恩——目前已然屈服于主张减税的多数派势力。看上去他已经提出了进一步减税的议案,而这一举措会使美国财政部的年度收入减少3,000亿美元,麦凯恩同时提出每年削减指定用途开支30亿美元来冲抵收入的减少,以便在某种程度上保持预算的平衡。

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