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Warum Steuersenkungen für die Reichen keine Lösung sind

NEW YORK – Auch wenn Amerikas rechte Plutokraten sich über die Rangfolge der großen Probleme des Landes uneins sein mögen – z. B. die Ungleichheit, niedriges Wachstum, geringe Produktivität, das Rauschgiftproblem, die schlechten Schulen und die zerfallende Infrastruktur – ist ihre Lösung dafür immer dieselbe: Steuersenkungen und Deregulierung, um Investoren Anreize zu bieten und die Wirtschaft zu „befreien“. Derzeit zählt Präsident Donald Trump auf dieses Paket, um „Amerika wieder groß zu machen“.

Das wird nicht klappen, denn das hat es noch nie. Als Präsident Ronald Reagan es in den 1980er Jahren probierte, behauptete er, dass dadurch die Steuereinnahmen steigern würden. Stattdessen ging das Wachstum zurück, die Steuereinnahmen fielen und die Arbeitnehmer litten. Die relativ gesehen großen Gewinner waren Kapitalgesellschaften und die Reichen, die von den drastisch verringerten Steuersätzen profitierten.

Trump hat bisher noch keinen konkreten Vorschlag zur Steuerpolitik gemacht. Doch anders als beim Ansatz seiner Regierung in Bezug auf die Gesundheitsgesetzgebung wird ihm ein Mangel an Transparenz hier nicht helfen. Während viele der 32 Millionen Menschen, die laut Prognosen infolge des aktuellen Vorschlags ihre Krankenversicherung verlieren würden, noch nicht wissen, was auf sie zukommt, gilt das für die Unternehmen, die bei Trumps Steuerreform den Kürzeren ziehen würden, nicht.

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