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GOP Senators fight facts: won't hear Coretta Scott King's views of Attorney General nominee Sessions

GOP obstructionism is back again in full form. This time, instead of voting over and over again to eliminate affordable health care (Obamacare) for the 20 million Americans now covered by the health reform act or declaring that they will...

Trump Administration Plays Havoc with Education--and your tax dollars

Betsy DeVos was confirmed as Secretary of Education in a Senate vote that had every Democratic Senator voting against her, along with two brave Republican Senators (Lisa Murkowski, Alaska; and Susan Collins, Maine). Thanks to those no-voters who showed integrity....

Trump Administration Plays Havoc with Voice of America

Did you know that the Republicans inserted a change to the administration of the Voice of America (VOA) network in the December military authorization 'must pass' bill? The VOA has always been administered by a bipartisan broadcasting board of governors--distinguished...

Women's March : we march for America's future

Many men and women from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities will join together in Washington on January 21 to honor American values of inclusiveness, concern for the most vulnerable amongst us, belief in the role of citizens working through their democratic...

Trump's Cabinet Picks Are A Sorry Lot

As the Friday inauguration date draws near, most ordinary Americans who read, stay informed, pay attention to history and events, and engage in critical thinking are, understandably, aghast at the poor job Mr. Trump has done so far in putting...

Democratic states that invest have better economies, better quality of life, better infrastructure than red states

economnists view http://economistsview.typepad.com/economistsview/2016/07/the-path-to-prosperity-is-blue.html The Path to Prosperity Is Blue Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson: The Path to Prosperity Is Blue: How can America’s leaders foster broad prosperity? For most Republicans — including Donald J. Trump — the main answer is...

Why You Should Not Vote for TRUMP

Trump has a base of supporters that seem to think he really cares about them and will work on their behalf. Those beliefs are not based in credible evidence. Let's examine. Trump claims that he will create jobs and save...

Senate Ron Wyden's Proposal on Roth IRAs

Senator Wyden (D-Oregon) has been interested in reforming retirement account tax treatment for some time. Back in the fall of 2014, he and Senator Orrin Hatch held hearings on the need for retirement account reform, focused on the idea that...

More on Trump's Tax Returns

Today's New York Times Op-Ed by Mitchel Zuckoff (a journalism prof at Boston University), titled "Why We Ask to See Tax Returns" (Aug. 6, 2016), at A19, goes beyond my list of reasons taxpaying voters may learn items of interest...

Chamber of Commerce Sues Treasury on Inversion Regs

Back in April, the Chamber of commerce suggested that it might sue the Treasury Department for violating the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) over the new inversion regs that were issued in April (T.D. 9761, REG-135734-14). See Fortune article (Apr. 6,...

Taxes, Government, and the Good Life, Part 2

In yesterday's post, Taxes, Government, and the Good Life, I noted the "long-term position of the GOP" in favor of downsizing government, which can be seen, at least in part, as a way to justify the GOP obsession with cutting...

Taxes, government, and the good life

In 2012, Ed Asner narrated a cartoon video prepared for the California Federation of Teachers called "Taxing the Rich". It's worth watching, given the four-decades-long effort by the GOP to convince ordinary Americans that "trickle down" economic goodies will be...

Donald Trump's Tax Returns

We are now a few months from election day, when Americans across the country will go to the polls to vote for the person they think should be placed in the highest elective office in the land as president of...

Lloyd Doggett Nails the GOP Corporate Tax "Reform" Proposal

Congressional Republicans have just released their "new" corporate tax proposal. As usual for the GOP, the proposal again calls for steep cuts in the corporate tax rate. Lloyd Doggett, the Texas Democrat and member of the House Ways and Means...

Religion and Tax--not an easy issue

The Atlantic magazine has an article in the May 3 2016 issue asking "Should Courts Get to Define Religion?" The article deals with a Catholic shrine in Attleboro Massachusetts, Shrine of Our Lady of LaSalette, that covers almost 200 acres...

IRS Scrutiny of 501(c)(3)s

As most everybody is aware by now, the IRS has been under considerable strain for a number of years from budget and staff reductions that have left it underfunded, understaffed, and under pressure. This is part of the right's effort...

172 rightwingers on the Republican Study Committee want to "terminate" the tax code

Somehow it seems that the more absurd the congressional Republicans get, the greater their hubris and gall in proposing ideas that would hit government programs hard and create havoc for critically important government activities. The latest is the right-wing "Republican...

Defending the IRS Against Right-Wing Attacks

The IRS is a government agency that endures all kinds of hostile attacks. Most people don't really like to pay taxes. Even I don't really "like" paying taxes, though I do recognize the importance of paying taxes and supporting the.....

Another Right Wing Propaganda Tank Piles On Tax Complexity Bandwagon

As noted in my last post, part of the fanaticism that is surging in the current obstructionist Congress relates to taxes (quel surprise...). The JEC ran a hearing on Wednesday targeting "complexity" in the tax code as a source of...

Should simplicity be a primary goal of tax reform?

I was at a housewarming party last Saturday and talked to quite a few people I didn't know. One was an economics professor at a regional school. Naturally, economists and tax professors gravitate towards talk about the economy and tax...

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