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    Morning Bell: A Better Way to Help Detroit

    Almost 30 years ago, a steep rise in oil prices drove consumers to buy smaller, more fuel-efficient cars. Cars that American auto manufacturers simply didn’t make. The resulting huge drop in sales drove Chrysler to the brink of bankruptcy, but before the market could play itself out, President Jimmy Carter … More

    Morning Bell: The Tax Man Cometh

    Benjamin Franklin wrote in 1789, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” But although the outcome is always the same when the grim reaper visits, the punishment the tax man inflicts can vary widely. Since the early 1980s — after Americans rejected Jimmy … More

    Taxing Like It's 1978

    Yesterday we noted that the U.S. has the second-highest corporate tax rate in the world. Currently, Americans’ personal income tax burden is not nearly as bad, but under Sen. Barack Obama’s tax plan, it would be. Combining Obama’s promise to end the Bush tax cuts with his promise to uncap the … More

    That '70s Bill

    This week the Senate is traveling back in time to debate Jimmy Carter’s favorite solution to the energy crisis: an oil windfall profits tax. According to the Congressional Research Service, Carter’s oil windfall profits tax failed to raise revenues, decreased domestic oil production, and increased American dependence on foreign oil. … More

    Morning Bell: The New York Times Wants You to Pay Even More at the Pump

    Fast becoming an official communications appendage of the Barack Obama campaign, the New York Times editorializes today on the “petty pandering” of Hillary Clinton’s and John McCain’s call for a suspension of the federal gas tax over the summer. Noting that the policy would not deliver lower prices for consumers, … More