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Tax Reform

June 9, 2017

The Surprising Agenda Item for Texas's Special Legislative Session

Posted by Erin Humiston | Comments

February 8, 2016

Giovanetti Discusses Candidates' Tax Plans on WBAP's Chris Salcedo Show

Posted by Erin Humiston | Comments

October 9, 2015

The Problem with Chaffetz as Speaker

You could hardly have a more fluid situation than what is going on right now with regard to future Republican House leadership, so this blog may be out of date before it’s finished. But as I’m writing, several people are maneuvering for leadership positions, and the general grassroots mood is that they want a “real conservative.”

(Of course, what a “real conservative” is differs literally from activist to activist. If they agree with you down the line on every single issue, they are a “real conservative,” and if they disagree with you on anything, they are a RINO. Apparently. Which is the biggest problem the conservative movement has right now. It’s principles, people. Anyway . . . )

One candidate who some feel is the “real conservative” for Speaker of the House is Jason Chaffetz from Utah. Chaffetz is an interesting case. Is Chaffetz the “real conservative” option?

Well, yes, the Obama administration doesn’t like Chaffetz, but that’s largely because he chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and thus has been looking into Executive Branch.

But conservatives mostly define themselves by their principles, and one of the pretty bedrock principles is constitutional federalism. On that front, Chaffetz is troubling, for at least two reasons. Read More >>

Posted by Tom Giovanetti | Comments

January 19, 2015

An Orchestrated, Loud Guffaw

Posted by Tom Giovanetti | Comments

August 22, 2014

The One-Two Punch Against American Agriculture

It’s almost as if it is official U.S. policy to make it difficult for American businesses to succeed.

First and most significantly, we subject American businesses to the highest tax rates among all of our competitors—39.1% when you add in state taxes. That’s significantly higher than the O.E.C.D average of 25 percent, and it’s even higher than the supposedly “high tax European countries”—consider that Belgium (34 percent), France (34.4 percent), and Sweden (22 percent) all have lower business taxes than does the United States.

Then, at least for select industries, we aid their overseas competitors. Through the Export-Import Bank we finance foreign purchases of Boeing jets, which helps foreign competitors of Delta, Southwest, American, FedEx and UPS. We could solve that problem this year by simply allowing Ex-Im to expire.

We allow other of our domestic industries to be exposed to blatant market manipulation and outright attack by our trading partners, particularly in agriculture. Yes, American agriculture policy is a rats nest of loans, supports and protections that are hard to justify in a free-market economy, and conservatives recognize these as market distorting. Of course we should move toward phasing out these protections. Read More >>

Posted by Tom Giovanetti | Comments

March 6, 2014

One More Reason

Yesterday we wrote that the 6 percent who answered in a survey that they thought the U.S. has the best tax system in the world were wrong. Already today we have one more reason the 6 percent are wrong: The Tax Foundation released an analysis showing that the U.S. has the 9th highest top marginal tax rate on personal dividends compared to other countries in the OECD. So, in the U.S., you are highly taxed if you own a business, if you invest, if you save or if you earn income. And some people wonder why so many struggle to make ends meet? Figuring it out is not exactly an exercise in the advanced engineering of spacecraft. Read More >>

Posted by Bartlett D. Cleland | Comments

November 19, 2013

Obama admin using taxpayer dollars to advocate for a tax increase

Posted by Tom Giovanetti | Comments

October 16, 2012

Sweden's Tax War

Posted by Tom Giovanetti | Comments

September 18, 2012

Higher Taxes in 2013

Taxes are going up in 2013, and I mean REALLY up, as a result of a) Obamacare, and b) expiration of the "Bush tax cuts."

Here's a summary of the tax increases that will be hitting in just a few months, absent some kind of agreement between Congress and the Obama administration, which I seriously doubt.

Read More >>

Posted by Tom Giovanetti | Comments

August 14, 2012

Taken for a Ride on Occupancy Taxes

It's not surprising that Saratoga County is attempting to inappropriately extend existing occupancy taxes beyond the actual price paid for the hotel room, under some discredited theory that the County is somehow getting stiffed by online travel companies. Read More >>

Posted by Tom Giovanetti | Comments

July 31, 2012

The Mirage of False Federalism in the Marketplace Fairness Act

Posted by Bartlett D. Cleland | Comments

July 18, 2012

Lincome Tax Relief

Posted by Tom Giovanetti | Comments

June 15, 2012

Those tax increases for spending cuts Jeb Bush advocates? His dad says it was a mistake

Posted by Tom Giovanetti | Comments

June 1, 2012

So Romney's a Keynesian. Is that a Problem?

According to an opinion piece in today's Politico, Mitt Romney has revealed that he is a Keynesian. Is Romney a Keynesian? Is that a problem? And is anyone surprised? Read More >>

Posted by Tom Giovanetti | Comments

June 1, 2012

Boehner Holding Firm on "No Tax Hikes" Pledge

According to a story this morning on Reuters, Speaker of the House John Boehner is saying all the right things in opposing tax hikes on the wealthy and on small businesses. Read More >>

Posted by Tom Giovanetti | Comments

 

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