Monthly Archives: April 2011

Some Tax Day thoughts on the tax code

April 16th, 2011|

(’76 Contributor) As Americans, for the third year running, hold Tax Day Tea Parties, it’s worth setting down a few thoughts on the tax code itself.

1) It’s too progressive

The US has the most progressive tax structure in the developed world. More progressive than […]

For good or ill, the Ryan Plan is hardly radical

April 15th, 2011|

(’76 Contributor) Question for those of you concerned about the size of federal debts and deficits: Would you endorse a plan which would add another five or six trillion dollars to the federal debt over the next decade while increasing Uncle Sam’s annual expenditures by $1.1 trillion? If so, you’re in luck. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R–WI) recently unveiled just such a plan. […]

Trial lawyer logic: Right to sue more important than jobs

April 13th, 2011|

(Centennial Fellow) To hear trial lawyers and their anti–business enablers tell it, the only thing that prevents Colorado employers from literally chaining workers to their desks is the “right to sue” their dastardly bosses. In this fantasy world, plaintiffs’ attorneys never bring frivolous lawsuits and fired employees never file dubious claims motivated but grudges against their former employers. […]

Kudos to Boehner for pro–taxpayer, pro–life stand

April 13th, 2011|

(CCU Student) The last few weeks, Americans had to go through an exhausting debate on the federal budget that lead to the fear of a government shutdown. The Republican Party (Tea Partiers especially) underwent vast criticism for their willingness to risk government shutdowns over spending cuts. In the end however Republican House Majority leader John Boehner was able to negotiate a settlement where there were $35–39billion worth of spending cuts where passed in the next six month budget while taking a largely underrated stand on federal funding as it relates to abortion rights, all while avoiding the government shutdown. […]

America facing its demise? Not so fast

April 6th, 2011|

The world is full of people waiting eagerly to sound the death knell for the American era. America is perceived as a beleaguered nation, beaten down and falling apart. Yet it’s possible for our nation to return to greatness even after the struggles of the past decade. My essay, The American Demise?, explores the situation. […]