Economist Glenn Hubbard (who preceded me as CEA chair and is now back at Columbia) has an op-ed
in today's Wall Street Journal. He reminds us that unless we see significant entitlement reform, taxes are heading higher:
Imagine the nightmare of a tax burden 50% higher -- not so farfetched as it sounds....The Congressional Budget Office regularly quantifies these shadows of the Ghost of Tax Day Future. Their forecasts are not sanguine. A generation from now, absent any changes, increases in Social Security and Medicare spending alone are projected to consume 10 more percentage points of national GDP than they do today.
There is nothing very new here, but it is good to have Glenn saying it anyway. As George Orwell once said, "We have now sunk to a depth where the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men."