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Steven Rattner Lies About Tax Reform

In an NYT Op-Ed on Tuesday, Steven Rattner picked up the baton in the political Left's campaign of lies with regard to tax reform. It's a beauty. "...$5.5 billion of tax giveaways, most for business." Tough to know where to begin with this statement. Using NYT's own analysis, the gross tax "giveaway" totals $6 billion, 62% of ...

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Harrisburg, PA: The Best and Worst of President Trump

President Trump's rally in Harrisburg, PA Saturday evening - concurrent with the White House Correspondence Dinner - was vintage Trump: Master orator, exaggerator, political genius, liar, America-first Nationalist, and elitist Globalist...all in one. Never Trumpers and supporters can each point to *something*: Never Trumpers see incompetent chaos that "validates" their rage; supporters see the stick ...

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Chuck Schumer Lies About Tax Reform

This morning on Fox News Sunday Chuck Schumer stated the following: The vast majority of Trump's tax reform proposal benefits the wealthy and special interests, citing the repeal of the Estate Tax The Mortgage Interest deduction will go away for middle class taxpayers The "pass through" business tax rate reduction prioritizes owners of hedge funds, ...

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Trump’s “Back of the Napkin” Tax Plan

Rumor has it that in an effort to bolster his "100 Days" image Trump threw together a tax proposal based on a "back of the napkin" outline from a Larry Kudlow/Stephen Moore luncheon. Or a bit more specifically, Trump read a recent op-ed by Kudlow, Moore, Steve Forbes and Arthur Laffer regarding the GOP's lack ...

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“Red Team” Climate Science Proposal

Early last week, former Obama Administration Undersecretary of Energy for Science, theoretical physicist and director of the Center for Urban Science and Progress Steven Koonin outlined a fantastic bipartisan framework for establishing, once and for all, a climate science consensus. The article is too good for me to attempt to expand on it; so what follows is ...

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Ben Shapiro on Climate Science

Ben Shapiro can lean toward Ted Cruz-like ideological rigidity, so on a standalone basis he tends to not be overly helpful in restoring the operational "center" of American politics. But because he is not a politician looking to garner votes, his political ideology is very pure, which makes him a must-read/listen Right wing political commentator, ...

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Tax Code Complexity

On October 30, 2016, in response to a WSJ article claiming that the "rich" pay more than their fair share of federal income taxes I did a write-up for another blog analyzing the distribution of federal income taxation using 2014 data. That write-up is re-printed later in this post; but first I would like to ...

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