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Laffer Curve

The Oily Heart of Austerity and Tea Party Economics

Richard Brodsky | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

There's been a steady drumbeat of headlines about this, starting with Governor Brownback's woes in Kansas. It took an interesting and unexpected turn to reveal what's really been happening in many other states. The collapse in oil prices has changed a whole lot of things.

The Five Minute Cliff

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 01.26.2013 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

Allowing the nation to go over the fiscal cliff for a very short period of time will provide all the legitimate political benefits of such a policy dive -- with few to none of the menacing losses that are looming at the bottom. We can readily fly off the cliff on January 1st and be back on the top by January 2nd, 2013.

John Celock

Democrat: 'Oblivious' GOP Gov's 'Unheard Of' Plan | John Celock | Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics

Kansas Democrats are fighting back against what they say are "unheard of" budget cut proposals and a predicted revenue shortfall from which the state ...

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...

Patriotism and the Pledge: If You Love Your Country, Put Up or Shut Up

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics
Clay Farris Naff

Today, we face one of the worst fiscal crises in our nation's history. America has already hit its debt ceiling, and the government is scrounging in its pockets for loose change to pay its bills.

Laffer Curves and Tax Cuts: What Does It Take to Kill a Zombie?

Howard Schweber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Howard Schweber

There is something very strange about the way both Democrats and Republicans framed the conversation about tax cuts. Both sides were framing it in terms of distinguishing among the middle class and rich. But that is simply not true.

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.

Obama's State of the Union Inspiration: Ronald Reagan

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

In past speeches, Obama has sought to channel famous Americans ranging from Martin Luther King to Abraham Lincoln. Tonight, he tried for Ronald Reagan.

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.