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  • The Obama Tax Plan: Undercutting Economic Growth

    The President and his advocates in Congress argue that raising taxes on all taxpayers would damage the economy but that raising taxes on only “high-income” households is supposedly not economically destructive. This line of reasoning is simply mistaken. (House Speaker John Boehner (R–OH), perhaps still cognizant of the economic ramifications … More

    Obama's Small-Business Tax Could Average $25,000

    President Obama has made raising taxes on “the rich” a central plank of his re-election campaign. Yet even many Democrats are questioning the wisdom of hiking taxing on job creators while the economy is still struggling and unemployment is still lingering at over 8 percent. They are right to be … More

    CBO Report Confirms Rich Already Pay Their "Fair Share"

    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just released its latest estimates on the share of taxes paid by income level, giving voters a way to check the argument that the rich do not pay “their fair share.” Using 2009 tax year data, CBO’s report shows the amount of income people earned … More

    The Obama Tax Hike Would Slam Seniors

    There are many reasons to be against the Obama tax hikes, especially as the economy struggles to recover. However, even putting aside economic growth considerations, it is simply not true that only the “rich” will be affected by the tax increase. For example, small businesses (and their workers), as well … More

    The Obama Tax Hike and Lessons from 1937

    Raising taxes on successful businesses is one thing we cannot afford to do. Large, successful businesses that create jobs would be hit the hardest, but small businesses would also be hurt by such a tax increase. Although economists disagree on many aspects of economic growth and recession, there is near-unanimity … More

    Government Staying in the Mortgage Business

    Despite their key role in creating the housing crisis, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are not being reformed, and will continue to cost the American taxpayer huge sums of money for the foreseeable future. There will be a housing summit on Tuesday, but its already clear that the federal government … More

    The Truth About the 2001-2003 Tax Cuts

    In the battle over the extension of the 2001/2003 tax cuts, a lot of myths about the tax cuts are being perpetuated. One of the common myths is that the Bush tax cuts disproportionately favored the wealthy, shifted the burden of taxes from the rich to the middle class, and … More

    What Scientific Method?

    The White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) has released a projection of jobs created by the economic stimulus bill. However, the method they used to get these numbers falls short of basic scientific standards. The CEA modeled a potential outcome for the economy without the stimulus, basing it on … More

    Keynesian Doublespeak

    A year ago, President Obama warned the American people that the financial crisis was dire and required a whole new approach to government spending. Obama argued that the government must help America spend its way out of the recession, and his economists, using Keynesian multipliers, argued the “stimulus” would keep … More

    Foundry Quiz: What Medical Innovations Does The Senate Health Bill Tax?

    It is a well known economic policy rule that if you want less of something you tax it, and if you want more of something you subsidize it. Policymakers frequently follow this rule to influence behavior. This is why there are “sin taxes” on things like alcohol and cigarettes, and … More