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February 23, 2013

Shribman: Overhaul the tax system


What’s not to like?

Well, the Republicans are going to want tax overhaul to be revenue neutral and the Democrats are going to want to use it as revenue enhancement — and those differences are not nuances.

There’s going to be a debate about the rate of corporate taxation, but if we are lucky that will include a parallel one about tax obligations by companies with substantial operations overseas.

There almost certainly will be a discussion about whether the tax system should be an implement of social policy, but we have been having that debate for almost 24 decades. We probably won’t decide that one in the next 24 months.

The three most powerful and evocative words in the American political lexicon are John F. Kennedy’s. They are: Let us begin. Let’s.


North Shore native and Pulitzer Prize winner David M. Shribman is executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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