Tag: ‘GOP’

Extenders at Home, Harmonies Abroad: Earworms (and Headaches) for All

By :: December 2nd, 2014

The House may vote this week on a one-year retroactive tax break extension. Maybe you’ve heard this song before, but Bloomberg reports the GOP figures the bipartisan tax extender package proposed last week is in fact dead. As many as one in six taxpayers could be affected without an extension of the 60 or more […]

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Rick Santorum’s Tax Plan

By :: January 3rd, 2012

With Rick Santorum surging in Iowa, it is a good time to take a look at his tax agenda. While his revenue plan has received almost no attention, it plays a  major role in his “faith, family and freedom” campaign. His playbook: lower rates for individuals and corporations, substantially cut taxes on capital, and increase the personal […]

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Perry’s Tax Plan is a Huge Tax Cut for the Wealthy, But How Big?

By :: November 1st, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he wants to cut taxes for everyone and balance the budget. It’s probably impossible to do both. Sadly, Perry’s new fiscal plan may fail at each.  But just how far short he falls depends on what you’re measuring his plan against. I was a pretty decent basketball player before my knees […]

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The Problem with Perry’s Optional Tax

By :: October 26th, 2011

One of the biggest problems with Texas Governor Rick Perry’s optional flat tax may be the choice it gives taxpayers. Perry says you can either pay his new tax or pay under today’s system, whichever results in a lower bill. That sounds great, but it is a policy disaster. This is the tax code we’re […]

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The Coming Payroll Tax Role Reversal

By :: August 18th, 2011

In a couple of weeks, President Obama will ask Congress to extend this year’s payroll tax cut. It will surely become a classic Washington double-reverse rhetorical moment. I can’t wait to hear Obama lift some of House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) best lines about the folly of raising taxes in the midst of an economic […]

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The GOP, Ethanol, and the No-Tax Pledge

By :: June 15th, 2011

A majority of Senate Republicans yesterday took a symbolic but hugely important vote to eliminate $6 billion in tax subsidies for the production of ethanol.  And, so far at least, they have not turned into pumpkins. The symbolism of their vote should not be underestimated. In a small but important way, 34 GOP senators proved to […]

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