Kiplinger’s Sandra Block reviews Showdown at Gucci Gulch by Jeffrey Birnbaum and Alan Lewis. Gucci Gulch, which refers to the hallways outside the tax-writing committees, “ couldn’t possibly accommodate the number of lobbyists and other. It is also the improbable story of the tax reform effort — memorialized in the seminal book, “Showdown at Gucci Gulch” by then-Wall Street.

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These increases survived largely intact to the final bill.

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Store Deals Log in Search Close. A good grasp of these details requires the reader to pay close attention but this stuff is all over the book. Read this more for work than pleasure as Congress is contemplating a style overhaul of the tax code and we would have a bit part in that. Dec 28, Michelle rated it liked it. Birnbaum and Murray turned tax reform into something astonishingly human.

The Tax Guxci Act of was the single most sweeping change in the history of America’s income tax. This was a detailed, informative book that remains relevant despite the passage of time.

Why Washington Stopped Working. It is also one of the best examinations of the actual working of government that I have read. Mar 05, Chad rated it it was amazing. One that gives a real day insight into the goings-on of Capitol Hill.

After reading this well-researched and thorough piece of history, I hate politics even more. It truly started in the Treasury building, where Secretary Donald Guci, at President Reagan’s insistence, convened a panel of experts to imagine a perfectly equitable tax-code, one that would be revenue neutral, wouldn’t change the distribution of costs across income groups, and would have few political considerations. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local gufci.


Please try again later. He was a not-very-powerful junior senator who learned the ins and outs of tax policy, and slowly rallied colleagues on both sides of the aisle to embrace the idea. Read as part of Policy Process graduate course but it’s an educational and entertaining read. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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There was a guulch filtering reviews right now. To pay for the lost revenue, he proposed a huge capital gains and corporate tax increase, thus reversing over 50 years of declines in these rates and even President Reagan’s earlier tax acts, all because of the “sound” of the new rates was gu,ch. It was hard for me to keep track with all the names, but I still grasped the underlining theme.

They would lower the top rate even lower than Reagan’s own Treasury Department had dared. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Kiplinger Bookshelf Showdown at Gucci Gulch.

I found it a bit dry but an interesting read. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. It’s a must-read if you want to understand tax reform. Try the Kindle edition gcci experience these great reading features: See all 28 reviews.

Endi I dusted off this 30 year-old book in part to commemorate the recent news that the Republican Congress is setting out to tackle tax reform.

There were many other fascinating players — Rostenkowski, Packwood, Don Regan — with parochial interest I highly recommend this book. Current events all over again.

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Broder, chief political reporter and columnist, Washington Post. When Regan switched jobs with Presidential Chief-of-Staff James Baker, Baker’s new Treasury group tried to create something that approximated the first effort but was more aware of political realities.

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Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. The th Blow-by-blow account of the battle for the Reagan tax reform bill. I dusted off this 30 year-old gukch in part to commemorate the recent news that the Republican Congress is setting out to tackle tax reform. Reform was… achieved because it combined goals that were important to both political parties.