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Remember Tax “Reform” (i.e. cuts)?

August 17th, 2017

“Really?! You’re complaining about regressive tax plans, now? Like that’s America’s biggest problem?!?” Yes, I’m writing about ongoing plans for even-more-regressive-than-I-thought tax plans, based on some interesting, new analysis from the Tax Policy Center. And no, that’s not America’s biggest problem. That would be the presidency in crisis. If it wasn’t clear to some from… Read more

An important fact check on manufacturing value-added and employment

August 14th, 2017

So, I’m driving around doing errands this past weekend when I hear former Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez (in GW Bush’s cabinet) interviewed about renegotiating NAFTA. He’s a big booster of the trade deal and wanted to make the point that any job loss in manufacturing was a result of faster productivity growth, not imbalanced trade…. Read more

A few words on Charlottesville

August 14th, 2017

I very rarely stray from my political econo-lane here at OTE, of which I’m duly proud. As some famous philosopher said, “That of which we do not know, we must not speak.” Clearly, he wasn’t a DC pundit. But I live in Virginia, a few hours away from Charlottesville. I had dinner last night with… Read more