Taxes (page 215)

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    Murdock has an idea for the temporary payroll-tax holiday

    Deroy Murdock suspects that the current temporary federal payroll-tax holiday is likely to become permanent. He devotes his most recent column to a possible way to address the issue in the future. Most likely, this initiative now is a permanent part of the tax…
    Mitch Kokai, March 30, 2012
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    Tax Foundation examines lottery taxes

    In the midst of “Mega Millions fever,” the Tax Foundation has released a new report on taxes associated with state lotteries. Joseph Henchman offers this bullet-point summary: Lottery winnings of $600 or less are not reported to the IRS; winnings in excess of $5,000 are subject…
    Mitch Kokai, March 30, 2012
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    A good example of how the tax code stifles economic growth

    Regular readers in this forum know the value of pursuing tax reform that limits disincentives to work, save, and invest. An article in the latest Forbes titled “Tax Bracket Magic” offers a good example of how the complications of our existing federal tax code can create…
    Mitch Kokai, March 29, 2012
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    Shlaes examines the link between tax rates and growth

    Former John Locke Foundation Headliner Amity Shlaes is working now as director of The 4% Growth Project at the George W. Bush Institute. She discusses in her latest Forbes column a conference that institute will hold next month in New York “that will focus on taxes…
    Mitch Kokai, March 29, 2012
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    Just discovered this Washington Examiner feature

    Perhaps that makes me a “Dim Bulb?” Dim Bulb: Michael Tomasky Who: The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky What: He wrote yesterday, ridiculing conservatives for lamenting freedoms lost under Obama. “[T]his ‘freedom’ business is simply paranoid and delusional. I defy anyone to name for me a specific and precise freedom…
    Michael Sanera, March 28, 2012
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    Good summary of the Supreme Court arguments

    The Wall Street Journal editorial page provides this summary of Tuesday’s oral arguments.  Questions from Justice Kennedy are encouraging. “Can you create commerce in order to regulate it?” inquired Justice Kennedy, in the first question from the bench. To ask another way, does the Administration think it has plenary…
    Michael Sanera, March 28, 2012
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    Gizzi suggests that American conservatives peek across the pond

    John Gizzi‘s latest Human Events article analyzes the British Conservative government’s new budget plan. In a move that Republican candidates for Congress and the presidency might take note of, Britain’s Conservative Government yesterday unveiled its budget — pro-growth, cutting taxes on business and the nation’s highest…
    Mitch Kokai, March 23, 2012
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    Obama’s loopholes

    A blurb in the latest National Review assesses the president’s approach to tax “loopholes.” President Obama has the odd habit of decrying “loopholes” in the tax code while proposing to create new ones. He did so in his recent State of the Union speech, and in…
    Mitch Kokai, March 16, 2012