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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...

It Is Far Too Early to Lose Hope in the American Dream

Sen. Marco Rubio | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Sen. Marco Rubio

I recently came across several profiles in The Huffington Post's series "All Work, No Pay: The False Promise of the American Economy." I strongly disagree that the promise of America is false, but the moving profiles of Americans struggling to make it in today's economy do tell an important story. I am writing to explain how I believe conservative reforms will create opportunity for all.

Lee-Rubio Tax Plan: Huge New Windfall at the Top, Lost Child Credits at the Bottom

Chuck Marr | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Chuck Marr

Their new tax plan builds on Senator Lee's 2014 plan and creates something that's even more tilted in favor of the country's highest-income people, and likely much more fiscally irresponsible. And, like last year's plan, it not only excludes most working-poor families from its new child tax credit but allows much of their existing child credit to disappear after 2017.

Tax Cuts Are Palliatives, Not Cures

Jared Bernstein | Posted 04.26.2015 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

I don't think you need a crystal ball to predict that whoever runs for president in 2016 will have some sort of tax cut at the heart of their platform, probably targeted at the middle class, and I'm talking both Democrats and Republicans.

Have House Republicans Given Up on Tax Reform Already?

Rep. Sandy Levin | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
Rep. Sandy Levin

Republicans feared that trying to pay for their tax cuts by shifting to the highly uncertain dynamic scoring may not be enough. So they are further trying to rig the system with baseline games and make permanent tax provisions outside tax reform.

Michael McAuliff

House Begins Passing Series of Deficit-Hiking Tax Cuts | Michael McAuliff | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the few bipartisan goals that President Barack Obama and Republicans agree on is comprehensive reform of the tax system, but Demo...

Will the Recovery Finally Translate into Better Wages?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The good news about the economy's improved job creation dominated the weekend's headlines. Many commentators concluded that the economy is finally shaking off the effects of the financial collapse of 2008 and the long period of stagnation that followed. But the one-year increase in wages has been only 2.2 percent, barely more than 1 percent when adjusted for inflation, and it's been a long time since most workers have seen substantial raises. In this recovery, the economy has been creating more low-wage jobs than high-wage ones. The shift from standard payroll jobs to temp and contract work continues. The uptick in the measured unemployment rate suggests that discouraged workers are only just coming back into the labor force and we are a long way from full employment. Even at the present rate of improved job creation, it will be 2017 before we get back to the pre-recession level of unemployment.

Michael McAuliff

Paul Ryan's First Tax Bills Add Nearly $100 Billion To Deficit | Michael McAuliff | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The first bills promoted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as the new chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee would add nearly $10...

Obama's Plan to Address Corporate Tax Avoidance on Offshore Profits Is 'Not Nearly Enough'

Frank Clemente | Posted 04.04.2015 | Politics
Frank Clemente

For years everyone else has been picking up the tab for big corporations because our tax system encourages them to shift jobs and profits offshore. It's time for that to end. President Obama's plan does not go nearly far enough to do that.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

America's Tax System Is Widely Seen As Favoring The Rich | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 01.29.2015 | Politics

Americans largely think the current tax system favors the wealthy and needs to be reformed, but not very many expect to be personally affected by Pres...