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letters | tax reform on the table

Special interests and their lobbyists stand in way of change

John E. Sununu’s March 4 op-ed column “Tax reform: Ski it if you dare” points out the difficulties in reforming the tax laws. Lawrence Lessig, in his book “Republic, Lost: How money Corrupt Congress — and a Plan to Stop It,” explains that, in truth, most members of Congress do not want to eliminate tax breaks for special interests. These are huge sources of campaign funds from lobbyists and political action committees that represent the special interests.

Many of these tax breaks have sunset clauses so that more funds come in when the tax break clauses are about to expire. Until our campaign finance rules are modified, there is no chance of tax reform.

Brint Ferguson

Harvard

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