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    Morning Bell: Mitt Romney's Taxes and True Reform

    How many times should your money be taxed? One time? Two times? Three times? Four? Sounds like a ridiculous proposition, but that’s the true story of capital gains taxes in America, and it’s one that’s not being told in the continuing debate over Governor Mitt Romney’s taxes. For more than … More

    New Bill Would Make Long-Overdue Changes to Tax Code

    With all the damaging bills coming out of Congress today, and promises of more to come, it is easy to lose sight of necessary positive policy changes that Congress should be making to improve the tax code and increase economic growth. Representatives Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) look … More

    Morning Bell: Cutting Taxes for Growth and Fairness

    Throughout his 1992 campaign, then-candidate Bill Clinton promised tax cuts for the middle class. By the time he was sworn into office in 1993, though, Clinton said he would have to “revisit” his tax-cut plan and was “absolutely mystified” that the media had perceived it as a major pledge. A … More

    Less Bad Is Still Not Good

    Today the Wall Street Journal published a letter from Barack Obama economic adviser Jeffrey Liebman responding to an op-ed by McCain advisers Martin Feldstein and John Taylor. Feldstein and Taylor are savvy enough to respond to Liebman’s arguments on their own, but Liebman did materially misrepresent the position of The … More

    Toward a Neil Diamond-Free World

    The Atlantic’s Megan McArdle looks over Barack Obama’s economic plans and doesn’t like what she sees. Focusing on taxes she writes: As if those things [trade and labor law] weren’t enough, he wants to raise the capital gains tax. There is a reason that most [countries] tax capital lightly–actually several … More

    Laffering All the Way to the Treasury

    The New York Sun pokes fun at the Treasury Department, which this week released two reports assessing the impact of the 2003 tax cuts: We confess we stumbled a few times in making our way through the language, which seems at times to buy into left-wing assumptions. “Capital gains income, … More

    Bringing Hugo's Tax Policy to U.S.

    “ObamaNation” was apoplectic over ABC News’ decision to question Barack Obama over his associations with a Louis Farrakhan-sympathetic preacher and a college professor up from the Weather Underground. But the Illinois senator’s answers on questions that dealt with policy were even more illuminating. A segment on the economy included this … More