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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...
February 19, 2013Howard Gleckman
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
In one of the more dangerous fiscal developments of recent months, some on the left are defining successful deficit reduction as merely stabilizing the federal...
February 1, 2013Rudolph G. Penner
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
“We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit. But we reject the belief that...
January 22, 2013Howard Gleckman
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner may be close to agreeing on a plan that, among other things, would revise the way government programs...
December 18, 2012Howard Gleckman
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
Yesterday, I described President Eisenhower’s remarkable success in turning a large deficit in fiscal 1959 into a balanced budget in 1960. It was one of...
December 18, 2012Rudolph G. Penner
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
You can tell when Congress and the President have tough choices to make. That’s when they trot out the euphemisms—all aimed at making what they...
November 13, 2012Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
How much will you pay in Social Security and Medicare taxes over your lifetime? And how much can you expect to get back in benefits?...
November 5, 2012C. Eugene Steuerle
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Let’s say you are truly offended that 47 percent of Americans don’t pay income tax. Just complaining won't fix the problem. All those freeloaders are...
September 27, 2012Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
I get the impression that many Americans believe Medicare is financed like Social Security. They know that a portion of payroll taxes goes to Social...
June 15, 2012Donald Marron
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
In a new study , Chuck Blahous, who is a public trustee for Medicare and Social Security, concludes that the 2010 health law will add...
April 10, 2012Howard Gleckman