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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Rubio and Lee Offer a Promising Path Forward on Tax Reform

It has been 29 years since the last major tax reform package was enacted, during which time the size of the U.S. tax code has more than doubled, the corporate tax rate has become the highest in the industrialized world, and the amount of credits, loopholes and deductions has increased by 44 percent. And yet…
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Dave Camp Passes the Mantle of Tax Reform

Americans have been looking so hard and so long for any hints of economic normalcy that we’re beginning to forget just how good we once had it. George Will writes in National Review: The euphoria occasioned by the economy adding 321,000 jobs in November indicates that we have defined success down. In the 1960s, there…
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Job Growth is Happening. Wage Growth Isn’t. Here’s How to Fix It

GBP@cker1983!   The Social Security Administration—an agency whose publications usually make for good bedtime reading—issued a loud and clear wake up call to Americans. Here’s a description of the findings courtesy of Michael Snyder at ZeroHedge: The Social Security Administration has just released wage statistics for 2013, and the numbers are startling.  Last year, 50…
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Lean, Clean and Pro-Growth – A Model Tax Plan for the Next Generation of Government

Factory output is rising. Builders are ramping up spending on construction projects. Exports are increasing, leading to narrowing trade deficits. Housing starts are trending upwards. Retail sales are increasing. And Manufacturers’ and trade inventories are falling. For the economists among us, all of those are signs that the economy is improving. And yet polls show…
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Obama’s Recycled Reforms Are Taxing Our Patience

Presidents, first and foremost, are leaders. They are intellectual leaders who guide the country down new paths. They are military leaders who guide the nation’s men and women into armed conflict. They are political leaders, who use their clout and power to reshape the partisan landscape. But most of all, they are leaders of men,…
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Harry Reid Trying to Kill Bipartisan Tax Reform Talks Before They Even Start

Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Max Baucus, a reserved Montana Democrat, is once again finding himself in a pickle. He’s an ardent supporter of reforming the tax code, and has even gone on record to say it’s a “once in a generation opportunity.” But he’s caught between a personal desire to get something done and a…
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