Ask Bartlett Anything

May 3 2012 @ 3:07pm

Ask Bartlett Anything

[Re-posted from yesterday, with many more questions added by readers]

Bruce Bartlett, the conservative economist and apostate Republican, is a long-time compatriot of the Dish. His newest book, The Benefit and the Burden, was recently covered here. Noah Kristula-Green offers an overview:

[It] starts off as an examination of America's tax code. Once the book concludes, it has gone from explaining how the IRS got started to laying out a plan so that American can avoid an oncoming fiscal calamity. It is to Bartlett's credit as a writer that he makes this topic accessible, while showing great aplomb in dismantling many of the myths and misconceptions that exist about taxes. … Bartlett writes about the many problems with the current American tax code with an eye towards his ideal system: a tax code that is not held hostage to the whims of the business cycle, that can raise enough revenue for the government, and which is not riddled with market-distorting exemptions. This leads Bartlett to endorse a Value-Added-Tax both for its inherent benefits and because he believes it can raise enough revenue to prevent the oncoming entitlement crisis.

To submit a question for Bruce, simply enter it into the field at the top of the Urtak poll (ignore the "YES or NO question" aspect and simply enter any open-ended question). We primed the poll with a handful of questions you can vote on right away – click "Yes" if you are interested in seeing him answer the question or "No" if you don't particularly care. We will air his responses soon.