A Government Cut Is a Taxpayer Keep

A Government Cut Is a Taxpayer Keep

Say a group of criminals shakes down local merchants every week.  One week, the merchants bravely ask the leader of the gang to take a little less.  The criminal scoffs.  “Don’t you realize,” the criminal says, “if we steal less from you, it...
Defense Against Demagogues

Defense Against Demagogues

When gasoline sold at record prices, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said, “I think it’s time to say to these people, ‘Stop ripping off the American people.'” When the average price of regular gas was close to $4 a gallon, Sen. Chuck Schumer,...
Tax Avoidance, Productiveness, and Employee Cheating

Tax Avoidance, Productiveness, and Employee Cheating

In a recent column in Canada’s Globe & Mail, my colleague Loren Falkenberg discusses “unintentional” and “benevolent” cheating by employees and offers advice for reducing it. What Professor Falkenberg is really discussing is tax avoidance by companies, carried out...
Corporate Tax Inversion: In Praise of Avoiding Taxes

Corporate Tax Inversion: In Praise of Avoiding Taxes

The Obama Administration has proposed its latest form of collectivist control over the American people. In a letter to Congress U.S. Treasury Secretary, Jack Lew, has called for punishment and prohibition of any company that tries to move its headquarters overseas to...
IRS Chief Lois Lerner: A Progressive Hero?

IRS Chief Lois Lerner: A Progressive Hero?

James Madison, a major architect of the U.S. Constitution and fourth U.S. President, said it best, all those years ago: If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be...
Taxing By Inflation

Taxing By Inflation

With all the talk about taxing the rich, we hear very little talk about taxing the poor. Yet the marginal tax rate on someone living in poverty can sometimes be higher than the marginal tax rate on millionaires. While it is true that nearly half the households in the...
Taxing Your Life Away

Taxing Your Life Away

It’s tax time. I’m too scared to do my taxes. I’m sure I’ll get something wrong and my enemies in government will persecute — no, I mean prosecute — me. So I hired Bob. Bob’s my accountant. I like Bob, but I don’t like...
Debt and Taxes

Debt and Taxes

The red flags contained in the national and global headlines that have come out thus far in 2014 should have spooked investors and economic forecasters. Instead the markets have barely noticed. It seems that the majority opinion on Wall Street and Washington is that...
Is It Irresponsible to Not Raise The Debt Ceiling?

Is It Irresponsible to Not Raise The Debt Ceiling?

We keep hearing about the debt ceiling. Fiscal conservatives in the House of Representatives don’t want to raise it, we’re told—basically because they’re heartless and mean. Raising the debt ceiling, to read or watch the news, is the responsible and righteous thing to...

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