Archive for the ‘Tax Policy’ Category

How Not to Govern

September 16th, 2012

This morning’s papers are replete with details about the sequester—automatic, across-the-board spending cuts to the tune of about $110 billion in 2013—scheduled for next January.  They’re the lesser part of the much-lamented fiscal cliff, which also includes the expiration of the Bush tax cuts and a bunch of other cats and dogs.  If we go… Read more

You’re on Your Own vs. We’re In This Together

September 6th, 2012

In a speech that was as compelling as it was persuasive, President Clinton (“the hoarse whisperer to the middle class”—this AM’s WaPo) made a number of references to the difference between the two starkly different political philosophies: “you’re on your own,” and “we’re in this together.” These two different political philosophies came into stark focus… Read more

Just Another Little-Bitty Slap at Supply-Side Economics

September 5th, 2012

As much as I’m sick of talking points—clever phrases designed to land blows in debates or tweak the synapses of your audience towards your positions—some TPs are actually true.  Like the anti-supply-side one that says “the folks that drove the car into the ditch now want the keys back.  Worse, they’re planning to use the… Read more

Today’s Papers: Getting Capitalism Back on Track

September 2nd, 2012

Some compelling economics to read about in today’s newspapers, especially a sweeping review of a bunch of books on what’s gone wrong by Steve Pearlstein in the WaPo.  More on that in a moment. First, I found this piece on how to fix our fiscal policy to be a useful collection, with one big exception… Read more