A step in the conservative direction?

While the Obama administration was marked by expansive government over the past two years, Obama must now take conservative action.

The Obama administration is considering a range of new measures to boost economic growth, including tax cuts and a new nationwide infrastructure program, according to people familiar with the discussions. Conservatives have long supported tax cuts, as it is a direct way to stimulate the economy.

The president’s economic team has met frequently in recent days to list ways to bolster the struggling recovery, according to government officials.

On the list of possible actions: additional tax cuts for small businesses beyond those included in a $30 billion small-business lending bill before the Senate. It’s not clear what those tax breaks would target or how much they might cost in lost revenue to the government.

Also in the mix: a possible payroll tax cut for businesses and individuals, as well as other business tax breaks, according to people familiar with the discussions. Currently, income taxes are scheduled to rise with the expiration of Bush-era tax cuts at the end of this year.

Regardless of politics, the economy works in predictable ways. More spending from the public sector does little to bolster the economy, apparent with the failure of Obama’s stimulus plan.

Efforts to boost growth have taken on urgency as the economy has shown signs of flagging and is among voters’ chief concerns ahead of November’s midterm elections.

The White House is struggling with whether to propose ideas that would appeal to Republicans, and thus get support on Capitol Hill—such as tax cuts—or whether to promote ideas that officials believe could have more economic impact but might hit political resistance, such as more aid for states and more infrastructure funding.

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Posted on September 1, 2010, in Politics & The Economy, Small Business and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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