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News Posted on December 13, 2010

Professor Ventry Publishes Tax Op-ed in L.A. Times

Professor Dennis J. Ventry, Jr. has published an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, "Tax Cut? What Tax Cut?", commenting on the tax deal struck last week by President Obama and Congressional Republicans.

"In the end, Obama was never going to persuade Republicans to let the Bush tax cuts expire on the top 2% of taxpayers or the top 1% or even the top 0.0001%," writes Ventry. "So why not borrow a page from the Republican playbook and win the rhetorical battle over taxes? Why not package all the capitulations and symbolism together to deliver on a tax cut that voters would remember in 2012 as coming from a Democratic president rather than from a Republican Congress? ... That's right, the president should send every taxpayer a check, a tax cut everyone can understand. And it should be for $827.58."

Professor Ventry is an expert in tax policy and has written widely in the field. His research interests include family taxation, tax expenditure analysis, legal ethics and professional standards, tax and legal history, tax compliance and administration, and public finance.

"Tax Cut? What Tax Cut?"