It is unavoidable that taxation will be an issue in the
presidential election, and this is hardly the first time it has
emerged. Moreover, the differences in policy reflect fundamentally
different approaches to stimulating and managing the economy as
well as cutting government debt. So it is entirely appropriate that
it should be an issue.
I agree, but to what extent? What extent should taxation be a
debated issue during a presidential election if the president have
The president has a great deal of influence over tax policy.
While he can't levy taxes by executive order, the president in many
ways sets the agenda for Congress, including taxation. The
executive plays a major role in setting the legislative agenda,
including taxes, and of course, he can veto tax legislation he
doesn't like. So it is altogether fitting that tax policy should be
a big issue in a presidential election. Ultimately, though, it's
hard to answer "to what extent" since each voter has their own