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Wealth Taxes to Cure Inequality? How About Tax Reform Instead.

Joseph J. Thorndike | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Joseph J. Thorndike

What are the prospects for a new federal tax on wealth? Pretty good, if you think surging inequality will trigger a populist revolt. But not so good i...

Think Taxes Are too Complicated? They Thought So in 1915, too.

Joseph J. Thorndike | Posted 06.19.2011 | Politics
Joseph J. Thorndike

Other than "too much," the most common complaint about the income tax is probably "too complicated." Fair enough. But let's not turn this legitimate objection into another count in the indictment of modern American government.