Robert McIntyre

Robert S. McIntyre is director of Citizens for Tax Justice and a contributing editor for The American Prospect.

Recent Articles

The Taxonomist

Bush's Prescriptions

During the 2000 presidential campaign, George W. Bush tried very hard to
persuade the public that he, like Al Gore, wanted to give senior citizens some
real help in paying for the escalating cost of prescription drugs. But the sad
truth is that Bush has little interest in a solution to this pressing problem.
How else to explain his insistence on spending every penny of what it would take
to provide a solid prescription drug plan for seniors--every penny!--on tax cuts
for the best-off 1 percent of Americans?

Avoiding a Fiscal Dunkirk

A more progressive tax code is an essential part of any new economic plan.

Agray-haired southern Democratic governor has won

the White House, in large part because the public concluded the incumbent

Republican president could not revive a sluggish economy. An important theme in

the race was the Democrat's call for establishing fairness in the federal tax

code, which, he said, the Republicans had stacked in favor of the wealthy.

Now suppose that once inaugurated, the new Democratic president quickly

proposes a middle-class tax cut. It fails to gain congressional or popular

support, however, and is dropped. The president then puts forth his plan for

tax reform, a confusing collection of limited loophole-closing measures, on the

A History of Corporate Looting

If you want to understand what corporate lobbyists in Washington, D.C., are
trying to foist on us with the pending "stimulus" bill, look back to the first
half of the 1980s.

In 1981, Ronald Reagan pushed a huge tax-cut bill through Congress. For
corporations, it offered an array of new loopholes, centered on super-accelerated
"depreciation" write-offs for equipment and buildings. The results were
staggering, as widespread corporate tax avoidance quickly became routine.