Taxes (page 226)

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    Not letting a good crisis go to waste

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the former Obama administration chief of staff, has some interesting things to say in the latest Fortune: About 80% of the budget is employee costs, so it would seem you’ve got to lose some people. How do you make those…
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2011
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    Repeat after Roy: Corporations don’t pay taxes

    Allan Sloan‘s latest Fortune column urges American corporations to reveal more details about their tax returns. The print version of the article carries the headline “Big corporations need to show us how much they pay in taxes.” Regardless of the merits or demerits of Sloan’s arguments…
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2011
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    Chiquita’s corporate welfare: a triumph for the fallacy of the seen and the unseen

    Si prefiere en español. Amid news that Chiquita Brands International has decided to move its offices to Charlotte, North Carolina, we’ve also heard that it took months of meetings and lobbying and approximately $22 million in corporate welfare. That includes around $5 million…
    Fergus Hodgson, December 2, 2011
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    How state and local officials can help the housing market

    Nicole Gelinas makes the case for National Review Online readers that state and local governments can take significant steps to help housing markets recover: [W]hen you buy a house, you’re not just committing to a mortgage. You are also promising to pay the future…
    Mitch Kokai, December 1, 2011
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    Extraterritorial adventurism: the shortsighted Amazon tax

    As I noted back in July with The Future of Freedom Foundation: The “Amazon” tax neither generates revenue nor creates a level playing field. It does eliminate profitable relationships and drive companies out-of-state, but that hasn’t stopped elected officials from plowing ahead obstinately. Since then, more…
    Fergus Hodgson, November 28, 2011
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    Barone: Transfer payments play larger role than taxes in income inequality

    Michael Barone‘s latest column for the Washington Examiner explores the impact of tax increases on “the rich” for the plight of the poor. It turns out, [congressman Paul] Ryan reports, that federal income taxes (including the refundable Earned Income Tax Credit) actually decreased income…
    Mitch Kokai, November 28, 2011
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    National Taxpayers Union unveils first ‘Taxonomics’ video

    This is the first in a series of videos designed to emphasize the “real-world impact of taxes, regulation, and budgetary policy,” according to a message from the National Taxpayers Union.
    Mitch Kokai, November 23, 2011
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    Interview: What now after “super” committee impasse?

    Rick and Donna Martinez of WPTF had me on this morning, as they and their callers sought to grapple with the super-committee announcement. The non-outcome typifies a fiscally impotent and irresponsible congress, and it provided worthy grounds for discussion. Click below to listen—nine minutes (MP3).
    Fergus Hodgson, November 22, 2011