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Why Progressives Cannot Do Tax Reform

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

The takeover of the left side of the political spectrum by "progressives" is a central change in the tax reform dynamic. Progressives simply cannot do tax reform since its core objectives are in conflict with their values.

The Big Campaign Issue That Has Yet to Pick Up Steam

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 01.07.2016 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

We as a society need to go long on one especially critical issue that we seem to be in political and policy denial about -- the need for long-term services and federal policies which promote them.

Tax Policy Versus Tax Rates: A Look Inside the Republican Tax Reforms

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

America has a growth problem. In the postwar period the standard of living doubled roughly every 30 years. At current projections it will take nearly 50. Tax policy should support better growth and there are a number of interesting proposals to do so.

Once Again, Pfizer Scams the American People

Frank Clemente | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
Frank Clemente

Let's use Pfizer's latest outrage as an incentive to resuscitate reform. Now is the time to force Pfizer--and all of America's big-time corporate tax dodgers--to play fair with the American people. Pfinally.

Elizabeth Warren Slams Proposed Tax Reforms As 'Giant Wet Kiss' To Corporations

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics

Federal policymakers must demand that big corporations "substantially increase" the amount of federal tax they pay under any rewrite of the nation's t...

Why Pfizer's Plan To Move To Ireland May Cost You Money

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 11.04.2015 | Business

NEW YORK -- Pfizer's bid to buy Irish rival Allegan may end up costing you money, according to economist Gabriel Zucman. The move would allow the New...

"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...

Carl Icahn's Latest Investment: Corporate Tax Dodging

Frank Clemente | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Frank Clemente

A successful investor for half a century, Carl Icahn knows where to put his money. And right now our political system is so receptive to the whims of the wealthy and so deaf to the needs of working people, he knows his best investment is in pushing that advantage even further.

Fixing The Marriage Penalty

Margaret Ryznar | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Margaret Ryznar

For an administration worried about how women fare in the workforce, it is surprising that nothing has been done to neutralize the tax obstacles. Let's stop inviting Uncle Sam to weddings. It's high time.

Helpful Public Policy Would Make It a Great Manufacturing Day

Scott Paul | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Scott Paul

I'm happy to be celebrating manufacturing and Made in America. Heck, I do it every day. But I must admit: I get a bit aggravated by politicians who readily treat factory workers and their hardhats as political props but fail to deliver on public policies.

Trump More Progressive Than Democrats on Warren Buffett Problem

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.31.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

Democrats are doing one of two things, and neither one of them is very impressive. Democratic candidates are either so scared of being called a tax-raiser by Republicans that they do not support changing the problem at all, or they are secretly for changing it but don't want to say it.

Taxing the Rich Was a Pillar of Our Modern Society

Cody Cain | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics
Cody Cain

So here we are today, plagued by severe income inequality throughout our society. But it wasn't always like this. In fact, for just about our entire modern history, our society required the wealthy to contribute their fair share of taxes.

Obamacare is Here to Stay, So Let's Make it Better

Rob Sawicki | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Rob Sawicki

If Democrats and Republicans can work together to take a "mend it, don't end it" approach to Obamacare, it could be a defining moment.

Why Should We Support the Idea of Universal Basic Income?

Scott Santens | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Scott Santens

So what exactly would you do, if you were guaranteed $1,000 per month for the rest of your life? And yes, that's around what the amount would most likely be here in the United States, at least at first.

Germany's Leadership Role in Advancing Economic Freedom: Opportunity for All, Favoritism for None

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 06.19.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

The topics of strengthening the transatlantic partnership and advancing economic freedom were brought to the forefront, when we gathered in Brussels at a dinner event of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in December 2014.

Igor Bobic

Rand Paul's Plan To 'Blow Up' Tax Code Could Leave Huge Deficit | Igor Bobic | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wants to "blow up the tax code," and he's proposing a new, far-reaching flat tax to do it. The only problem is th...

The Reality of Taxing Carried Interest

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Candidate Clinton and other advocates will claim taxing carried interest improves the economy. Unfortunately, it won't. A key principle of taxation is efficiency. Taxing capital differently across sectors and business forms means that taxes are driving business decisions.

A Cynic's View of Tax Reform

Martin Lobel | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Martin Lobel

The more complicated a tax provision is, the more likely it is hiding an unjustifiable tax subsidy, and we all know our tax code is way too complicated.

Marco Rubio and the Challenge to Hillary Clinton

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

The conventional wisdom among Democrats is that Rubio's departures from Republican orthodoxy will doom him in the primaries. This is a curious strategy for Democrats since it relies on the Republican right to rescue Clinton from a formidable opponent. It also is likely wrong.

Inequities in Tax Policy

Rand Ghayad | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Rand Ghayad

Despite earlier reforms aimed at promoting greater efficiency, equity and simplicity in the tax code, the system continues to be crippled by two main concerns.

Friday Talking Points -- Run, Bernie, Run!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Bernie Sanders deserves the Most Impressive Democrat award this week, because he threw his hat in the ring. No, he is not Elizabeth Warren. But, more importantly, he is running to become president, which she is not.

The Emerging Populist Groundswell

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

We are the richest country humanity has ever seen, and we are at our richest moment. Yet hardworking Americans keep coming home to "a plate full of worry." This is largely because over the last few decades the wages of the bottom 80 percent of Americans have fallen or stagnated while the super-rich rake in all the profits. We can do better, and we must.

Taxes and Your Wallet

Mike Smith | Posted 06.17.2015 | Money
Mike Smith

Taxes and Your Wallet

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.

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Model Forecasts 'Dead Heat' In UK Elections | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics

We're teaming up with four academics to forecast the U.K. elections. Americans want an overhaul of the tax system. And sometimes a what-if map makes e...