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    Morning Bell: GOP Leaders Capitulate on Core Conservative Principles

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Republican leaders have done it once again. Their latest fiscal cliff proposal capitulates on core conservative principles, yielding woefully inadequate concessions from President Obama in the process. Will they ever learn? The latest GOP offer essentially ignores Washington’s real problem — spending — and … More

    Fiscal Cliff Solutions: Soar Over the Cliff or Kick the Can

    Kicking the can is the least repugnant remaining resolution to the fiscal cliff. The only alternatives appear to be the Republicans’ unconditional surrender on income tax rates (and conceding their principles) or simply going over the cliff. The story is now a familiar one. Congress and the President conspire to … More

    Morning Bell: 4 Reasons Warren Buffett Is Wrong on Tax Hikes

    Let’s talk taxes. In a New York Times op-ed yesterday, famed investor and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett once again argued that the wealthy should be taxed more. This isn’t the first time Buffett has made the case for higher taxes, and it’s not the first time he’s been wrong. … More

    Warren Buffett Wrong Again on Tax Increases

    As we approach the “fiscal cliff,” there was little doubt that famed investor and self-appointed political sage Warren Buffett would pipe in at some point with his periodic call for higher taxes on his ilk of billionaires. Today was the day. Buffett, of course, is welcome to his opinion, but … More

    Chart of the Week: Taxes Soaring Past Highest Level Ever

    Americans are facing an unprecedented $494 billion tax hike on Jan. 1, 2013. It’s been dubbed “Taxmageddon” given the economic devastation it would cause. Conventional wisdom suggests lawmakers in Washington will wait until the 11th hour to come up with a solution. Fortunately, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced last week … More

    Chart of the Week: Total Tax Burden Is Rising to Highest Level in History

    President Obama unveiled the details of his jobs plan last week, including a proposal to offset the new government spending with tax hikes. It’s a bizarre strategy for a president who says he wants to create jobs. As the above chart from Heritage’s 2011 Budget Chart Book illustrates, Americans are … More

    Quick Observations on President Obama’s Budget

    Budget Trickery The President also employs budget trickery on spending. He first assumes that Iraq spending will continue indefinitely at 2008 levels (which was never going to happen, according to the military’s own Joint Campaign Plan), and then calculates $1.5 trillion in savings against that baseline. If you eliminate that … More