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The Politics of Jesus, Part 2: Taxes

Ryan Phipps | Posted 07.01.2016 | Religion
Ryan Phipps

In this series of posts, I'm sharing what I believe the stances of Jesus would be on certain political issues were he living among us today. "Why is ...

Here's a New Model for Independent Media

Lynn Parramore | Posted 05.13.2016 | Media
Lynn Parramore

Imagine a world where publications are controlled not by zillionaires or governments, but by readers, journalists, crowdfunders and other shareholders. A world in which news outlets offer a wide range of informative news, and where content is not determined by the power of money.

What Do Rich People Want?

Richard North Patterson | Posted 04.12.2016 | Politics
Richard North Patterson

When it comes to their political beliefs and influence, the rich are very different indeed. And the ways in which they are different have deep implications for "you and me" in 2016 and beyond.

We Stopped Pfizer's Tax Dodge, Now Let's End the Buybacks

William Lazonick | Posted 04.08.2016 | Business
William Lazonick

Now that new Treasury Department rules have effectively thwarted Pfizer's attempt to evade its U.S. tax obligations, it's time policymakers turned their attention to something far more common -- and even more damaging.

Donald Trump's Tax Plan: Can You Afford to Have Trump in Office?

GOBankingRates | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics
GOBankingRates

By Lia Sestric, Contributor Republican presidential candidate and GOP frontrunner Donald Trump has big plans for your wallet. Trump's tax plan looks...

Five Simple Formulas That Capture Today's Economic Challenges and Solutions

Jared Bernstein | Posted 03.21.2016 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Contemporary economics is often criticized for being too mathematical. How can we really capture the complex dynamics of what's happening in people's economic lives with a bunch of formulas?

Dependent Schools - How the Public Pays More to Educate Students in Wealthy Private Schools Than Those in Public Schools

Don Hill | Posted 03.07.2016 | Education
Don Hill

(4th of 5 installments) Tax subsidies exist for private schools at least in part because the schools and their students' parents are deemed to serve ...

Dependent Schools - How the Public Pays More to Educate Students in Wealthy Private Schools Than Those in Public Schools

Don Hill | Posted 03.01.2016 | Education
Don Hill

Many booarding schools have found it difficult to consistently maintain full enrollments. Mercersburg was founded as a boys' school in 1893; it added girls in 1969 to counter a shrinking male applicant pool.

Obama Budget Modernizes Policies for Unemployed Workers

Chad Stone | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics
Chad Stone

Wage insurance would supplement, not replace, traditional UI, which provides bedrock financial support to help tide workers over a spell of unemployment. But UI needs strengthening and modernizing.

Congress Is Handing U.S. Corporate Taxes To Europe

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 02.08.2016 | Business
Jeffrey Sachs

In their interest to garner favor with U.S. companies (mainly in search of campaign funds), the U.S. Congress has allowed these companies to escape U.S. corporate taxes by magically declaring that their IP is located in some foreign tax haven.

Economists Deny What's Driving the Inequality Trainwreck

Lynn Parramore | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Lynn Parramore

What's really causing the growing gap between haves and have-nots? Is it mechanical market forces? Outsourcing? Real estate?

Exposing Misleading 'Business Climate' Rankings

Erica Williams | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics
Erica Williams

The new website Grading the States: Business Climate Rankings and the Real Path to Prosperity debunks the state rankings from several organizations pu...

The Sanders-Clinton Spat Over Middle-Class Taxes Is About A Lot More Than Money

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 12.28.2015 | Politics

One of the most substantive exchanges in the Democratic presidential debate on Dec. 19 occurred when Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) challenged Hillary Cl...

Showing Our Thanks for Grandparent Caregivers

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 11.25.2015 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

As most of us prepare to gather with family, sharing meals and good times, we as a nation should look at how we value families and support the efforts made within families to provide for future generations.

"Free Stuff:" The Hypocrisy of a Growing Campaign Theme

Jared Bernstein | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

So, we were hanging around the water cooler the other day reflecting on this "free stuff" meme. That conversation led to this guest post written by Be...

What the 'Steve Jobs' Movie Won't Tell You About Apple's Success

Lynn Parramore | Posted 10.26.2015 | Business
Lynn Parramore

Mazzucato debunks common myths about how innovation works and shapes a new narrative on how to grow a robust and inclusive economy. Think that iPhone in your pocket is simply a product of Silicon Valley magic? Think again!

Basic Income? Yes! Bold Ideas About Fixing Inequality

Lynn Parramore | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Lynn Parramore

British economist Tony Atkinson has been studying inequality -- the gap in income and wealth between the top and the bottom -- for nearly half a century.

Congress Rewards Corporations While Punishing the American People

Frank Clemente | Posted 05.22.2016 | Politics
Frank Clemente

Voting to give corporations a huge tax cut without closing loopholes to pay for it is the height of hypocrisy. It represents an egregious double standard by conservatives: They increase the deficit by providing hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to corporations while they slash $5 trillion in spending that primarily benefits working Americans in order to reduce the deficit.

I'm Rich. You Must Be, Too.

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.28.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

The very wealthy are disproportionately opposed to any policy -- including tax policies -- that would redistribute wealth more equitably. This makes sense from a purely economic perspective. But is there more to it than rational self-interest?

Priorities for Romania: Strengthening the Rule of Law and Advancing Economic Freedom

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 06.12.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

In order to increase economic freedom for its citizens and enable them to achieve higher standards of living, Romania needs to continue its efforts to eradicate corruption and establish an independent and efficient judicial system.

A Conservative Approach to Climate Change

Terry Newell | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

What if we put aside the argument about what's causing global warming? For liberals that's a bitter pill to swallow, yet it may permit all of us to spend time instead seeking agreement on principles to guide our conversation about dealing with our warming Earth -- principles, not action steps.

Will Chris Christie Play to National GOP by Tying Tax Cut for the Wealthy to Road Fixes?

Gordon MacInnes | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Gordon MacInnes

Fixing the state's transportation mess is crucial. And there's no alternative but to find significant, stable funding to do so. Nor should the politics of Gov. Christie possibly seeking his party's presidential nomination trump responding to New Jersey's emergency.

The Policy Goal Whose Name Must Not Be Spoken

Jared Bernstein | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

The word's a dog whistle that releases the hounds, if not the Foxes. And yet, one of my rules of thumb in this work is that when policy does a lot of something and that something cannot be spoken of, we're courting dysfunction and distortion.

Budget Weeds That Matter: Scoring The Financial Fee As The Pigouvian Tax It Is

Jared Bernstein | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

The financial fee is a seven basis point (seven one-hundredths of one percent) tax or fee on the roughly 100 large financial firms with assets of at least $50 billion. Yet there's an interesting and important wrinkle here: the tax is not on profits or assets, as is typically the case.

Joseph Stiglitz on Why the Rich Are Getting Richer -- and Why It Could Get Much Worse

Lynn Parramore | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Lynn Parramore

In this interview, he explores the work of Thomas Piketty and the need for the field of economics -- and the country -- to come to terms with the growing gulf between haves and have-nots.