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Arthur Laffer

Starving the Beast: The Battle to Disrupt and Reform America's Public Universities, Written and Directed by Steve Mims

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 03.26.2016 | College
Joseph A. Palermo

A new documentary took the SXSW festival by storm in Austin, Texas titled: Starving the Beast: The Battle to Disrupt and Reform America's Public Universities. No film better exposes the coordinated assault on public higher education that is going on right now across the country.

Here Are the Jobs!

D. R. Tucker | Posted 08.18.2014 | Green
D. R. Tucker

Far from killing jobs, this policy would create jobs and protect lives. When House Speaker John Boehner asks, "Where are the jobs?", advocates of market-based emissions-reduction policies can point to this study and say, "Right here!"

John Celock

15 States To Take On Tax Reform In 2013 | John Celock | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fifteen states are likely to see some sort of tax reform legislation in 2013, according to a study released Wednesday by the Institute o...

John Celock

Tax-Cut Budget Vote Was GOP 'Political Thuggery,' Democrat Says | John Celock | Posted 05.10.2012 | Politics

Kansas House Republicans were accused of "political thuggery" after cutting off debate to pass a controversial tax plan that may cost the state at lea...

America: Home of the Bewildered Serf and Land of the Feudal Lords.

Dave Pederson | Posted 07.04.2012 | Politics
Dave Pederson

Two news items popped this week that highlight the ever-growing Neo-Feudalism that has become our new economy. First, Occupy Wall Street (OWS) filed ...

I'll Raise You a Santa Claus

Marvin Meadors | Posted 05.27.2012 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

So Democrats may have to come up with a new narrative. They can not flourish by promising to be the party that raises taxes and makes cuts to popular programs, even if they succeed in inheriting the Republican's former mantle as the party of fiscal responsibility.

GOP Campaign Trail Filled With Revisionist History

Peter S. Goodman | Posted 03.20.2012 | Business
Peter S. Goodman

I've just returned from a sojourn in an alternate historical universe, which is to say I've been in South Carolina, listening to the Republican presid...

Jason Linkins

Newt Gingrich Promises To Create 'Millions Of Jobs Right Now' | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.28.2011 | Politics

In the latest campaign ad from Newt Gingrich, God of Carnage, the former House Speaker says that "we can create millions of jobs right now." Is this t...

The Bush Tax Cuts and the Republican Cult of Affirmative Action

David Fiderer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Fiderer

Capitalists believe in rewarding success and punishing failure. Well, we have ten years of performance data on the Bush tax cuts, and they failed by every possible criterion.

Laura Bassett

Bill Gates, Sr.: Raise My Taxes! | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Bill Gates, Sr., the father of Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, is trumpeting a new state income tax in Washington for individuals who earn more than...

Conservanomics: A Church Without Bishops (But it's Got Sarah Palin and Invisible Tax Fairies!)

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Leading conservative economists are abandoning the idea that lower tax rates create more revenue. Without its elders, the "less brings more" school is becoming a decidedly fringe movement.

Todd Stroger Meets Econ 101

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

Pity Todd Stroger, the embattled Cook County Board chief who, having served the machine faithfully, is now being tossed under the bus as voters turn their ire on tax-happy politicians.

Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, Joe the Plumber: Fighting for the American Dream (Austin, Texas: PearlGate Publishing 2008) 192 pp.

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Joseph A. Palermo

Wurzelbacher's deep understanding of the intellectual umbilical cords of modern conservatism is why Mike Gallagher and Sean Hannity have offered their high praise of his work.

How Laffer Inadvertently Prophesies The Limits of Capitalism

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stephen Herrington

As the very rich have increased the gulf between their wealth and that of the average citizen, two patterns have emerged.

The Silly Season In Politics

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

"Silly season" refers to late summer, when governments go on massive taxpayer-funded vacations all over the world. This year's season could produce a bumper crop of silly.

Here Comes Hyperinflation

Henry Blodget | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Henry Blodget

Arthur Laffer joins the chorus of economists predicting that the Fed's massive stimulus will eventually lead to hyper-inflation. And I agree.

The Middle Estate

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Harry Moroz

The estate tax is not about confiscating wealth for redistribution, but about encouraging spending during a wealthy individual's lifetime and limiting the intergenerational transfer of wealth.

Retro-Hooverites All

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The Republicans voted against their country today. Their fellow citizens needed them to act on their behalf and instead they chose to abandon them. Theirs is an ersatz patriotism.

Will Conservatives be Obama's "Best Allies" in the Climate Fight?

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

In last weekend's New York Times, conservatives Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) and Arthur Laffer had an op-ed claiming that a revenue-neutral "tax shift" would make conservatives "the new administration's best allies on climate change." Color me skeptical.

Increasing Agreement on Carbon Taxes -- Goodbye 2008 Conventional Wisdom

Dan Rosenblum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dan Rosenblum

This convergence of opinion from Left and Right signals an extraordinary opportunity to obtain bipartisan support for a revenue-neutral carbon tax.