Other Article | National Affairs | Summer 2013

The Roots of Our Tax Debates

by Matthew C. Weinzierl


Our fiscal debates are endlessly frustrating. The outlines of a compromise seem clear, yet both sides remain incapable of agreement. But is the proper balance between spending less and taxing more really so obvious? A look at what underlies the political wars over taxes reveals that the nation is not merely arguing about budgets: Americans are trying to reconcile deeply held, and often contradictory, beliefs about why we tax.

Keywords: Values and Beliefs; Debates; Taxation; Budgets and Budgeting; United States;


Weinzierl, Matthew C. "The Roots of Our Tax Debates." National Affairs, no. 16 (Summer 2013).