Yes, Jonathan Chait, America has one of the most progressive tax systems

Clive Crook at the Atlantic delivers the necessary lobotomy to Chait, who criticized Veronique de Rugy for her statement that the US has a more progressive tax system than other rich countries: If you ask me, Jonathan Chait, a writer I respect, has made an ass of himself in a fight he picked with Veronique de Rugy over taxes and progressivity. She offended him by saying that America's income taxes are more progressive than those of other rich countries. Chait assailed her "completely idiotic" reasoning, called her an "inequality denier", "a ubiquitous right-wing misinformation recirculator" and asked if it was really any wonder he cast insults now and then at such "lesser lights of the intellectual world". (Paul Krugman said he sympathises. With Chait, obviously. The only danger here is in being too forgiving, Krugman advises. Chait may think the de Rugys of this world are only lazy and incompetent, but we know them to be liars as well.) Just one problem. On the topic in...(Read Full Post)

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