Mrs. Clinton’s Blame Game
The politics of blame are a funny thing. We will blame anybody and everybody for any and all imaginable problems — except the people who actually have blame coming.
Nobody really cares very much about evidence, reason, argument, etc. What they …
Fonda & Redford: Hollywood’s New Welfare Mooches
My adopted hometown will soon be the base of operations for a new Netflix movie starring aging elitist hippies Robert Redford (estimated net worth: $170 million) and Jane Fonda (estimated net worth: $120 million).
A state economic-development commission unanimously voted last week …
Donald Trump is proposing a couple of big tax hikes.
The first one is trivial: It’s the tax hike in Trump Tax Plan 2.0 over the original version. Earlier, Trump had talked about cutting the tax code down to three …
Trump’s Huge Retreat on Taxes
Don’t look now, but Donald Trump is quietly changing his mind on taxes.
Less than 24 hours after he officially became the Republican party’s nominee, Trump’s team revealed that their tax plan would be the subject of some “…
Fighting Tax Harmonization Isn’t ‘Trading with the Enemy’
The Washington Post had a story Friday about the Center for Freedom and Prosperity and its almost two-decade long fight against tax harmonization. In 2000, I co-founded the Center with Dan Mitchell and Andrew Quinlan.
This looks like yet another story …
Hurting the Poor Is No Way to Help Them: Payday Lending Rules Edition
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is at it again. In the name of protecting consumers, it would like to ban or heavily restrict a tool that is very useful to them. This time the target is payday lending — high-interest, …
Last week America was introduced to Anthony Senecal, that curious octogenarian who lives in Trump’s house in Florida and writes bilious Facebook posts about his view that the president should be lynched. Senecal is flesh and blood. “John Miller” …
Trump’s Tax Plan, If You Can Call It That, Is a Mess
Donald Trump’s latest position on taxes is that he has no position.
On Sunday, Trump suggested — contradicting his own tax plan, which among other things proposes reducing the top tax rate from 39.6 percent to 25 percent — that he …
Bernie’s Corporate -Tax Misconceptions
Last week, I did an NPR affiliate interview about Bernie Sanders’s claim that the vast majority of corporations in America pay no taxes. Since then, I have heard Sanders tout his talking point on the issue several times — so …
Bernie Sanders Does Not Practice What He Preaches on Taxes
Bernie Sanders released his 2014 tax return this weekend, revealing that he and his wife took $60,208 in deductions from their taxable income. These deductions are all perfectly legal and permitted under the U.S. tax code, but they present a morally …
Thank Goodness Trump Is a Compulsive Liar
Donald Trump has some big ideas about Social Security. Happily, he is almost certainly lying about them.
Trump is, politically speaking, a weathervane, prone to telling every audience what he believes it wants to hear, irrespective of what he said …
Despite 18 1/2-Millisecond Gap, Hillary Still Favors Middle-Class Tax Hikes
What a difference a “t” makes.
Last week, Hillary Clinton was thought to have told voters in Omaha, “I’m telling you right now, we’re going to write fairer rules for the middle class, and we are going to …
Hillary: Time to Raise Middle-Class Taxes!
Editor’s Note: This column has been removed because it was based on multiple news reports of Hillary Clinton saying, “We are going to raise taxes on the middle class.” After this piece was written and posted, an audio analysis …
Income Inequality: Looking at the Numbers
Expect to hear a lot about inequality on the campaign trail this fall. Hillary Clinton has practically stolen Bernie Sanders’s entire playbook on the subject, and she has warned that we might be headed back to “the Gilded Age …
A Business Recession Looms
The May jobs report was a shocker, with nonfarm payrolls up only 38,000 and private jobs up a mere 25,000. A lot of investors and economists are making the case that this was a weird, one-off, statistical glitch, and that stronger employment …
On Social Security, Bernie Sanders Is Now the Leader of the Democratic Party
President Obama has a mixed history on Social Security reform: He has taken seemingly responsible positions only to wilt under pressure from the left wing of the Democratic party. In a speech in Elkhart, Ind., on Wednesday, Obama followed Hillary …
John Fund’s column today is, no matter what comes in the next few days, the most important column of the week, as it explains why Donald Trump’s weasel-like refusal to release his tax returns is a mortal danger to Republicans …
Starving the Beast in Kansas
Conservatives tell two incompatible stories about tax cuts.
The first story is the naïve supply-side story, that tax cuts pay for themselves or even pay for themselves and then some. There isn’t much evidence that this is true.
Where Are Donald Trump’s Tax Returns?
Today is Tax Day — that damnable scar on the American calendar.
Nothing good can come from Tax Day. But the marker does bring up an interesting question for one Donald J. Trump, organizational super-genius and businessman dynamo that he …
The Tax Code Won’t Reform Itself: Give Congress a Deadline
Survey after survey shows that Americans hate the tax code, yet it has been decades since it has been significantly reformed.
There are two reasons for this apparent contradiction:
1) The forces against any simplification or reform effort are powerful and …