Category Archives: Taxes

Kudlow imagines an alternative universe in which the president supports business

Larry Kudlow asks readers of his latest column at the Daily Caller to use their imaginations. Just for once, wouldn’t it be great if President Obama actually defended American business, instead of attacking it? Just once? Wouldn’t it be great if Obama acknowledged that U.S. firms are overburdened by the highest corporate tax rate amongContinue Reading

Who’s going to end up paying the ‘Cadillac tax’?

Alex Adrianson asks that question in an entry for the Heritage Foundation’s “Insider Online” blog. The so-called “Cadillac tax,” a tax on high-cost health insurance, is supposed to discourage the kind of overly generous first-dollar coverage that encourages too much health care consumption. That tax was deferred until 2018, but Roger Stark reports that privateContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Sam Hieb reports for Carolina Journal Online on N.C. counties’ pursuit of sales-tax increases and the impact of pending state legislation. John Hood’s Daily Journal pokes holes in misguided statements about North Carolina’s jobs picture.

How to address the “troubling future” of NC’s children

In response to a new Annie E. Casey Foundation report, The KIDS COUNT Data Book, News & Observer editors write, These findings, released this week and reported by WRAL, should disturb all North Carolinians. The report should bother the state’s leaders, Gov. Pat McCrory and those who run the General Assembly. And it must prompt some fact-findingContinue Reading

The national dilemma of debt

Former Houston mayor and former U.S. deputy energy secretary Bill White explores in a Barron’s column the disconnect between the federal government’s revenue stream and its spending commitments. The permanent hole in the federal-funds budget has become more obvious since the end of U.S. combat in Iraq and the reduction of most recession-related programs. AccordingContinue Reading

Learning from the Australians

Rather than look to Europe for great public policy ideas, perhaps the movers and shakers in Washington, D.C., should turn their attention to Australia. They could start by considering this “Drum TV” article from Sinclair Davidson. The carbon tax has been repealed. While there has been a bit of kerfuffle and excitement around the repealContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on the N.C. Senate’s plan to take up a Medicaid reform bill. John Hood’s Daily Journal points out liberals’ inconsistent arguments about the impact of film incentives and other tax policies.

Williamson dismisses calls for ‘economic patriotism’

Kevin Williamson explains for National Review Online readers why he’s not buying into recent Democratic arguments about “economic patriotism.” Jack Lew, late of Citigroup and currently of the Obama administration, has issued a call for “economic patriotism.” This phrase, which is without meaningful intellectual content, is popular in Democratic circles these days. Ted Strickland, theContinue Reading