Krugman claims that the top income bracket faced a 91% tax rate during the 50s, corporate profit taxes being twice as large at the same time. Furthermore, he says that years of high taxation after the Second World War brought to the United States an excellent speed of economic development, a good example – the 1947-73 doubling of family income. Warren Buffet has a similar point of view – he claims that during the extreme 91% tax-period he sold securities quite well.
In a Wall Street Journal publication, Peter Schiff confronts these arguments. His answer – the 50s tax rate was ‘symbolic’. In fact, top earners had to experience lower rates, compared to wealthy people nowadays. On The Daily Ticker, Schiff comments further on his argument.