Thursday, November 09, 2006

Two New Members

Former Bush speechwriter David Frum shows his Pigou Club credentials in today's Wall Street Journal:

The president should send Congress a tax-reform proposal now, shaping it so that it appeals to enough Democrats to split the opposition. Here's one way to do that: Democrats have made a great theme of "energy independence." The president has likewise denounced America's "addiction to oil" and often presented nuclear power as a crucial element of an ideal energy policy. What if he baited the Democrats with some kind of energy tax (or, better, a carbon tax -- which exempts nuclear-generated energy) in exchange for permanent cuts in taxes on work, savings and investment. "Tax waste, not work" is not a bad slogan.

Economist Nouriel Roubini signs up as well.