Tag Archives: Taxes

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 […]

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.

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 […]

The Social Gospel and “Economic Liberty,” Such as It Is

A few Washington Post columnists started a thoroughly unproductive fight about whether the Bible “mandates,” or encourages, a “socialist” form of government. Both sides are wrong, in a few ways. First, both are using the word “socialist” to mean “redistributivist,” but the two are by no means equal. Let’s use the proper definition: though the tea […]

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 Plight of the Taxéd

Cue the world’s smallest violin for this description of the plight of the wealthy, describing high taxes as the equivalent of “expropriation” or, in the alternative, wholesale confiscation of bank accounts. Let’s define our terms: “expropriation” denotes any governmental taking. But it connotes a taking by force, and the word’s most common usage, recently, is […]

Republican Cognitive Dissonance, on Full Display

Congresswoman-elect Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) gives the weekly Republican address, which clocks in at an impressive three full minutes of policy: More impressive, still, is this baffling description of her platform: The American people want to see all the tax hikes stopped, and they won’t tolerate games that get in the way. [. . .] That’s […]