GOP Spin and Facts, Top Marginal Tax Rates edition

GOP SPIN:  Cutting the top marginal tax rate always leads to improved economic conditions for everyone!

FACTS:  That spin isn’t remotely close to being true.  If you haven’t been convinced by other articles on this topic, take a look at this historical analysis from the Center for American Progress.


Our current top federal individual tax rate (35%) has actually produced the worst economic growth since 1950.  Every time the tax rate has been higher than it is today, economic growth has been more robust.  Republican rhetoric on this issue is not backed by the facts.

Building a strong economy is about much, much more than just tax rates.  It’s also about making sure that we’re investing in critical priorities that serve as the foundation for private sector success.



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