Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – Monstrosity, Outrage, Scam

Opinions of the New Bill Monstrosity, Outrage, Scam. These are some of the epithets used to describe the new tax bill now under reconciliation between the House and Senate, and they couldn’t be more descriptive. Scam First, this bill is not what it’s purported to be. More appropriately, it should be called The SCAM Tax… More


Corporate Tax Rates in The United States Proponents of corporate income tax cuts claim that corporate income tax rates in the United States are the highest in the world and are a major reason companies make new investments in other countries with lower rates. Lower the rates in the U.S., they continue, and the economy… More


Whose Interests—Country or Party? When is a political party’s interests more important than those of the country? When Republicans try to pass a tax cut that makes no economic sense and spout nonsense to justify it. The fallacious claim that this tax cut greatly benefits the middle class, not high-income taxpayers should be enough to… More


The Theory Are tax cuts warranted? The classic economic theory of “Guns and Butter” is used to illustrate the Production Possibilities Curve, or the maximum output possibilities for two sets of goods based upon available resources during a specific time frame. Guns represent military or defense spending, while butter represents the investment in civilian goods… More


Hurricane Hypocrisy In August, the two Texas Senators and several of its Representatives revealed their hypocrisy in the exercise of fiscal responsibility. In 2013, they refused to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts for New York and New Jersey. But these stalwarts of principle quickly pressed for relief funds for the damage in Texas by Hurricane… More

A Hurricane Reveals More than Hypocrisy

Hurricane Sandy In October 2012 Hurricane Sandy struck the northeast with three to nine-foot storm surges in New York and New Jersey. Damage was immense to homes, businesses, coastal resort areas, hospitals and roadways. Water surged through lower Manhattan, severely damaging subways and roadway tunnels in New York City. Millions were left without electricity. The… More

Individual Mandates and Healthcare

Elements of a New National Healthcare Program Are individual mandates good or bad? If you believe healthcare is solely an individual matter and should be outside the purview of the government, then there is little you can contribute to the discussion on crafting a new national healthcare program. However, if you can agree that good… More

Universal Healthcare – A Fundamental Requirement

Many argue that healthcare should not be an entitlement. Rather, Americans must be self-reliant citizens and provide for their own healthcare beyond the purview of the federal government. But the cost of medical care compared to the average and median American household income makes that an unrealistic possibility. And there is another reason – what… More

WE THE PEOPLE: Article 3: The Need to Promote the General Welfare

Can one honestly speak positively of the country’s general welfare when a significant percentage of its populace lacks good health care? Shouldn’t it then be an important objective to solve that problem and assure that good care is available to all who need it? Note, too, that though insurance is the likely means to provide… More

WE THE PEOPLE: Article 2: The meaning of Words – Promote the General Welfare

The debate stimulated by Alexander Hamilton and James Madison in the Federalist Papers over the role of the federal government continues unabated today and reflects itself in issues such as states’ rights, regulations, health care, limited versus big government, and taxation. You might recognize the current differences of opinion concerning each as those espoused separately… More