Archive for Taxes

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 @ 11:24AM

The Simple Truth of Tax Policy

One of the ephemeral trends in Washington policy circles these days is …

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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 @ 8:57AM

Will Paul Ryan Fight for his Budget?

Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released his budget proposal for FY 2015 yesterday, …

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Thursday, February 27th, 2014 @ 4:02PM

Amtrak: Constantly Running Deficits but Considering Giving Free Rides to Writers

So fun, so free!  Amtrak is currently considering offering a writers’ residency program for writers seeking inspiration-inducing-solitude by traveling through the countryside on an Amtrak train.   Providing a “unique environment for creative thought,” the program will be free to boot.  Exciting, right?  The folks at the Huffington Post think so: Thanks to novelist Alexander Chee — who recently expressed his […]

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Thursday, February 27th, 2014 @ 6:31AM

A Conservative View of Dave Camp’s Tax Reform Bill

Yesterday, Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI), the House Ways Committee Chairman, released his …

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Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 @ 3:22PM

Conservatives Introduce Bill to Repeal Taxes on Social Security Benefits

At present, federal “mandatory” programs, which include Medicare, Social Security and roughly …

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Monday, December 30th, 2013 @ 3:06PM

The Political Selectivity of Obamacare’s Tax Health Insurance Premiums

The new year is usually reason for optimism, but that sentiment is going to be curbed by a new Obamacare tax starting January 1.  Starting in 2014, Obamacare imposes a new tax on health insurance premiums by an additional 2 to 3 percent. But don’t worry!  Some will be spared (sub. req’d):  IRS regulations published […]

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Monday, December 16th, 2013 @ 11:37AM

We’re Back to the “Next Fight”

The past three years of GOP control in the House have been marked by the rallying cry of fighting “the next time.”  With every budget deadline comes a degree of leverage from which Republicans can extract concessions on reducing the size of government.  Yet with every budget battle, House leadership shirks from the fight and [...]

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 @ 1:44PM

The Ryan-Murray Spending Increase

Status: On December 10, 2013, House Budget Chair  and Senate Budget Chair  unveiled a budget agreement to replace part of the sequester and increase spending for fiscal years 2014 and 2015. The top line budget number will increase from $967 billion to $1.012 trillion in FY 2014 and from $995 billion to $1.014, a total […]

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Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 @ 8:04PM

A Washington Budget Deal: Republican Style

Earlier today, Democrats utilized the nuclear option for the first time.  They pushed through the nomination of Mel Watt to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).  Now, one of the biggest supporters of affordable housing mandates will guard the hen house at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  Additionally, Democrats pushed through the nomination of [...]

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Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 @ 9:51AM

Do You Support Tax Hikes?

The Washington Post has a provocative headline this morning: “Poll: Majority of Republicans OK with revenue increases.” After asking a series of questions about the debt, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation poll conducted by Global Strategy Group asked respondents: “If both parties were to agree on a long-term solution on the national debt, I would support it, even […]

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