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For Conservatives Like Paul Ryan, How You Make Your Money Is What Really Matters

Jay Livingston | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics
Jay Livingston

Economic policies often rest on assumptions about human motivation. What conservatives are saying to you is this: working for your money is not as good as instead of inheriting it.

Republican Rhetoric Changes Depending on Whether They Are Dealing With Labor or Capital

David Morris | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
David Morris

Are Republicans inconsistent when they sometimes support using offsets and indexing and sometimes don't? Not at all. They're actually very consistent. When capital comes asking for gifts, Republicans act like Santa Claus. When labor is the supplicant, they conduct themselves more like Scrooge.

Planning Now: Back to the Basics

Jordan Waxman | Posted 02.17.2014 | Money
Jordan Waxman

Tax and estate laws have changed and are likely to change again with little notice. Now is the time to insure one's planning documents are up to date and flexible, and to execute on the strategies to save and grow wealth today and in the future.

Joseph's Coat and Jacob's Gift Tax

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

His older brothers are jealous of Joseph because of Jacob's favoritism, and perhaps angry at Joseph because he is an arrogant, insensitive, tattle-tale (Gen 37: 2). But that is not sufficient to explain their willingness to murder him.

It's Economic Inequality Stupid -- What to Do About the Biggest Crisis Facing America

Robert Creamer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Growing income inequality is caused by the human decisions and the economic rules of the game we create. And shamefully, America lags behind every other first world nation in closing that income gap. That can be changed.

Share Your Money Before You Die

Jason Alderman | Posted 05.08.2013 | Business
Jason Alderman

Now that the long-debated estate tax rules have finally been settled, let's get real. It pays to have a plan for distributing your assets, and if your finances are in good shape, there's no reason not to start sharing the wealth while you're still around to enjoy helping others.

Democrats Support for Progressivity Wanes

Jeremy Scott | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics
Jeremy Scott

As the appetite for tax reform grows, perhaps voters should be wary of Democrats' lip service for progressivity when they seem willing and eager to drop the only truly progressive tax in the code.

This Global Leadership Role Is One We Should Be Ashamed Of

Jerry Lanson | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Jerry Lanson

Remember the dismissive term "Banana Republic?" When I was growing up 50 years ago, it was used to mock Latin American dictators for operating oligarchies that preyed off their poorer citizens. Today, increasingly, it describes the United States of America.

Whalen: No Longer the Land of the Free

Job Creators Alliance | Posted 02.11.2013 | Business
Job Creators Alliance

The estate tax went to 40 percent with a $5 million exemption after the fiscal cliff "deal." My wife and I, like countless other business owners, scra...

Report: Rich Congressmen More Likely To Oppose This Tax

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 01.23.2013 | Business

If you suspect that lawmakers advocate for their own interests, the findings of a new study may confirm your suspicions. Wealthier Congressmen are...

Disparate Treatment

Bob Greenstein | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

One of the most disappointing parts of this week's budget deal is its disparate treatment of a lavish estate tax break for the nation's wealthiest heirs as compared to several tax credit improvements for low-income working families.

None So Blind as Those Who Will Not See: GOP in Denial Over Legislative Victory in Fiscal Cliff

Howard Barbanel | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Howard Barbanel

Some Republicans don't know a victory when they see one. All you hear out of presidential hopeful Marco Rubio and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is doom and gloom but this is a case of not seeing the forest for the trees.

President's Critics Wrong on Cliff Deal: The White House Did Well

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.03.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Much like the NeoCon chickenhawks who urge the country to wars but never volunteer themselves, not a single critic, in Congress or out, would have suffered as the unemployed without unemployment insurance had the president not negotiated this deal.

Why Some States May Be Cheering The Fiscal Cliff

Reuters | Nanette Byrnes | Posted 12.27.2012 | Business

* States could get $3 billion in estate taxes-study * 30 states would be affected Dec 26 (Reuters) - Falling off the "fiscal cliff" is a bad thi...

States Could See Major Windfall From Fiscal Cliff Dive

Reuters | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics

* States could get $3 billion in estate taxes-study * 30 states would be affected By Nanette Byrnes Dec 2...

Save the Estate Tax by Smartly Dedicating Its Funds

Mitch Rofsky | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Mitch Rofsky

If liberals want to preserve the estate tax, the most progressive tax of all, they need to dedicate its revenues to a specific program, not just deficit reduction. But not all programs are created equal.

Further Estate Tax Cut Would Be a Disgrace

Bob Greenstein | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

Policymakers hope to cut federal deficits by trillions of dollars over the next decade, imposing painful sacrifices on millions of Americans. So it's astonishing that they're also considering million-dollar tax cuts for a few thousand of the nation's wealthiest heirs and heiresses.

Warren Buffett Successfully Tears Down CNBC

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 12.14.2012 | Business

What’s that CNBC? You think you can successfully take on America's favorite billionaire? Think again. CNBC is backing off claims made earlier th...

Warren Buffett's Share Buyback Helps Anonymous Investor Avoid Tax Hit

Reuters | Ben Berkowitz and Lauren Tara LaCapra | Posted 12.13.2012 | Business

Dec 12 (Reuters) - Warren Buffett's $1.2 billion share buyback from a single unnamed investor likely helped that person's estate save substantially on...

High-Profile CEOs: Fiscal Cliff Deal Must Include Tax Increases

Reuters | Posted 02.10.2013 | Business

* CEOs say tax increases a potential solution * "Fiscal cliff" deal still in making * Millionaires' group backs boost in...

Christina Wilkie

Millionaires Demand Congress Raise Estate Taxes

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON - A coalition of three dozen ultra-wealthy progressives, including billionaire Warren Buffett, former President Jimmy Carter, philanthropis...

Zach Carter

Obama's Opening Gambit On The Fiscal Cliff -- Time To Freak Out?

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 11.30.2012 | Politics

No. But there are several interesting elements, particularly among the combined $1.6 trillion in new tax revenue. Obama has spent most of the past ...

Dems Undermining Obama In Contentious Push

Reuters | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

(Repeats to additional subscribers) * Rural-state Democrats differ with president on estate tax * Clock ticking on tax's...

The New Deal

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There's going to be pain all around in whatever deal is struck. Most Americans are going to be directly impacted in one way or another by whatever bargain is made between President Obama and congressional Republicans.

Party of Entitled Rich Threatens Economy

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Republicans aren't talking about extending tax breaks for the 98 percent. Instead, they're threatening the economic life of the country if they don't get what they want -- tax breaks for people who don't need them.