Tag Archives: Tax policy

What’s The Matter With California?

The American Spectator takes a string of California municipal bankruptcies as proof of the dangers of the extravagance of the modern liberal welfare state.  Ben Domenech’s Transom — a subscription-only daily email blast offering a good window into the right’s talking points du jour, analogous to a paid, partisan version of Mike Allen’s daily must-read — echoes the […]

Starting from Scratch: How Would a New America Solve the Tax Problem?

The brewing battle between Senator Paul Ryan and President Obama serves as a tragic reminder of just how impossible it is in this country, at least lately, to pass a responsible plan for controlling government costs. Sometimes we are precisely nowhere. I’ve come to the conclusion that the tax dilemma — convincing people that to […]

Talking About Taxes

The Hill trumpets a poll which, they say, proves voters want lower taxes. But look deeper at the methodology. Voters are asked to assign a percentage to each income bracket and, unsurprisingly, come up with a fairly low number, lower in fact than current tax rates, of which most voters were actually unaware. The same […]

A New Birth of Freedom

I’ve been thinking about this subject for a while (especially while taking a break from writing over the last few weeks), and as an important one, it seems an altogether fitting topic with which to close 2011. In brief, it’s time for us to reclaim one of the most important words in our political vocabulary. […]


Don’t miss Rolling Stone‘s long-form piece chronicling the sad saga of the Republican Party’s deliberate descent into economic malpractice. We need a reckoning.

Has Occupy Wall Street Won?

While the right will happily delegitimize the 99% movement based on the excesses and failures of these particular messengers, the message, it seems, has landed precisely as it was intended. For one, this week’s New Yorker highlights a discovery Politico made earlier this month: “the use of the phrase ‘income inequality’ in the media has […]

The Good Guys, and the Excuses We Make For Ignoring Them

Permit me to indulge in a bit of idealism. I spent the close of last night reading Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games — and I’ll explain. It’s a series of young adult books that, like Harry Potter and Ender’s Game, made the crossover and gained some popularity among the older and wiser set. In […]

“Class Warfare”

Partisans surprise no-one by framing a “new” minimum tax rate on those making above $1 million as a declaration of “class warfare.” Out of an infinite number of problems with this (admittedly effective) rhetorical trick, let’s focus on a few. First, nothing about a millionaire’s tax bracket is shocking or new. Today’s top marginal tax rates […]

Missing Warren Buffett’s Point

If you use Facebook, or any form of social media, you’ve probably seen it about six-thousand times already. But on the off-chance that you didn’t, hyper-billionaire Warren Buffett took to yesterday’s Times opinion pages to beg America to force the super-rich, like him, to pay their fair share.  Let’s investigate. The way I read it, Mr. Buffett […]

The New Orthodoxy

Here’s the good news: Grover Norquist, of far-right “think tank” Americans for Tax Reform, agrees that letting the Bush tax cuts lapse would not count as a “tax hike,” would not violate his group’s “no taxes” pledge, and therefore needn’t be a sticking point for Republicans seeking to avoid excommunication from this particular new branch […]