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Economic Reforms to Make America Great

Written by Gary North on December 3, 2016

A couple of friends of mine have proposed lists of economic reforms that Trump would be wise to follow.

This list is from Joe Salerno. I have known him since 1974. He is a sensible economist.

This list is from John Mauldin. He used to be my business manager in the mid-1980’s. He is a sensible newsletter publisher.

The question is this: Which of these reforms could Trump get through Congress? He might get one. He won’t get two.

Reagan astounded the world by getting a Democratic Congress to reduce marginal income tax rates by 25% across the board in 1981. Then he got another round of tax cuts in 1986. The top rate went to 28%. He had a plan. He followed his plan. He reformed little else in eight years. He got what he wanted.

A President must focus on what is most important. He won’t get much. He might get this.


I would like Trump to pursue one policy: the reconstruction of the tax code. Congress would turn the entire code into a huge IRA. A person would get a tax deferral for all money invested. There would be zero taxes on capital gains — personal or corporate — as long as these gains remained in the capital markets. But as soon as this money is transferred to a private account for personal spending, it would be taxed at the personal rate for that income bracket.

If an IRA is a good idea for a little of your money, it’s a good idea for lots of it.

This way, capital would build. Personal pre-tax wealth would build. Economic output would increase. Innovations would get funding. Nobody would owe the government a dime until he took out the money for personal use.

Capital accumulation in a competitive market is the key to economic growth. We need capital accumulation. The tax code should exempt it from all taxation.

Don’t tax the goose that lays the golden eggs. Tax the eggs.


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