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Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
Pardon me for being confused. Two weeks ago, voters turned the Senate and several state houses over to Republicans and increased the GOP majority in the House. Now, in a new Wall Street Journal -NBC News pol l, (firewall) Americans have firmly embraced—a Democratic agenda. They want more government
November 20, 2014Howard Gleckman
Business Taxes: TaxVox
The latest narrative making the rounds in Washington is that President Obama will kill prospects for tax reform in 2015 if he grants legal status to undocumented immigrants though an executive order. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and others claim that this step will so poison the well of trust
November 18, 2014Howard Gleckman
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
In the aftermath of the recent government shutdown and the painful negotiations that brought the country perilously close to defaulting on government debt, policy experts are searching for a way to avoid a replay of this crisis. After all, the recent congressional agreement only delays the next
October 23, 2013William G. Gale
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
“The White Whale swam before him as the monomaniac incarnation of all those malicious agencies which some deep men feel eating in them…All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up in the lee of things;…all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain; all evil…visibly personified …and made
September 17, 2013Howard Gleckman
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
With 10 days to go until the dreaded sequester—the automatic across-the-board spending cuts that most lawmakers profess to hate—the Washington drama machine is starting to get in gear. Today, President Obama stood in front a group of uniformed first responders and warned darkly of layoffs if the
February 19, 2013Howard Gleckman
Campaigns, Proposals, and Reforms: TaxVox
As early as today, the Senate is likely to vote on the first of two competing efforts to temporarily extend tax cuts passed between 2001 and 2010. Neither the Democratic nor Republican measures will pass in the hyper-partisan Senate, but it is instructive to see how the measures stack up. The short
July 25, 2012Howard Gleckman
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
To the surprise of few , Congress’ super committee is on the brink of failure--unable to agree on $1.2 trillion in budget savings as required by last summer's debt limit deal. But the panel was doomed from the start. Here are five reasons why: The parties could not bridge their theological
November 21, 2011Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
It has been an article of faith among most congressional Republicans and many Democrats that the corporate tax rate should be cut from today’s top level of 35 percent to 25 percent—or even less. And backers of the idea breezily suggest this could be paid for by scaling back some corporate tax
November 2, 2011Howard Gleckman
Campaigns, Proposals, and Reforms: TaxVox
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
August 18, 2011Howard Gleckman
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
The latest Republican talking point is that President Obama is “punting” on his fiscal responsibilities by not proposing deep cuts in Medicare and Social Security. It is true that Obama’s 2012 budget was exceedingly timid when it came to deficit reduction. But Obama’s GOP critics ooze hypocrisy
February 22, 2011Howard Gleckman