House Republicans Continue Tax Reform Push

The United States’ is currently suffering through a cultural anachronism: We have more news than ever before, yet it provides less information than ever before. The result is that we’re constantly being bombarded with salacious narratives, not hard news. Democrats, for their part, are basking in this strange political season. Rather than go toe-to-toe on…
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Toward a Tax Code for Tomorrow

A lot has changed in the last thirty years, especially for the economy. Technological advancements have given us instant access to a vast array of information, which has disrupted and upended entire industries. Similarly, the speed at which things travel has soared at the same time that costs have plummeted, opening up the global market…
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Are Democrats Pro-Tax Reform? Depends on the Year

There is a phenomenon in physics whereby the mere act of observing an event changes the outcome. This is perhaps most pronounced in the debate over whether light was composed of particles, which travel in a straight line, or waves, which travel in undulating ripples. Experiments have proven that when electrons are not observed, they…
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Tax Reform Debate Should Focus on Growing the Economy

This post will not be popular. Let’s get that out of the way at the beginning. The United States, like much of the developed world, is enjoying a populist moment, when the economic frustrations of those who feel left behind are bubbling up into our political system. And yet this is a post that isn’t…
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The Media Have Become Defenders of the Status Quo

Reform is meant to be hard. After all, things like health care and tax policy are infinitely complex, with overlapping incentives and disincentives created by an intricate web of legislation, regulation and economic behaviors. But it’s been made nearly impossible by a media who seems wedded to the status quo, regardless of the long-term impact.…
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There Are No Losers in Corporate Tax Reform

Health care reform is incredibly challenging because there will always be winners and losers from any change. Tax reform is similarly difficult because inevitably some will pay more and others will pay less with any given plan. “Fairness” simply lies in the eyes of the beholder when constructing these types of reforms. But when it…
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Trump Testing Democrats Commitment to Bipartisanship

Democrats have attempted to paint President Donald Trump as a hard-right conservative, an uber partisan whose forays outside of Republican orthodoxy are best explained by a lack of resolve rather than a streak of independence. In so doing, they not only sell the president short, they risk hamstringing their ability to make any progress over…
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President Trump: “The Time for Small Thinking is Over”

“The time for small thinking is over, the time for trivial fights is behind us,” President Trump intoned in the conclusion to his first address to Congress on Tuesday night. Apparently some people didn’t get the message. Despite President Trump’s powerful, substantive speech that was laser focused on how he intends to address America’s most…
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Republicans’ Tax Reform Plan Offers a Path Back to Economic Growth

The last time the nation undertook comprehensive tax reform a Millennial hadn’t even been born yet. The year was 1981 and, to give you some perspective of time, it was also the year that MTV was launched, that the CDC discovered the first cases of AIDS, that the original IBM computer was released, that Muhammad…
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House GOP Offers “A Better Way” on Tax Reform

The vast gap between the reality of our tax system and people’s perceptions of it (fed by misinformation from the pundit class) has made reforming the tax code nigh impossible. Perhaps the biggest misconception is its progressivity. Rising inequality has created the belief that the rising incomes among the 1 percent are the product of…
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