The Real Reason Republicans Are Going after the IRS

The Real Reason Republicans Are Going after the IRS

It’s no secret that House Republicans don’t like the Internal Revenue Service. They’ve once again proposed cutting the agency’s already beleaguered funding, and they recently held a hearing to impeach its commissioner, John Koskinen. Koskinen’s alleged...
Wall Street Should Pay a Sales Tax, Too

Wall Street Should Pay a Sales Tax, Too

In case there was any doubt, the presidential election fight has confirmed that blasting Wall Street, even eight years after the financial crisis, is still a vote-getter. Hillary Clinton has said she’d like to jail more bankers. Donald Trump has skewered the hedge...
Martin Shkreli: My Person of the Year

Martin Shkreli: My Person of the Year

It’s time — past time, really — to name the person of the year. (TIME Magazine does it. Why not me?) There were many worthy candidates in 2015: the Pope, the Donald, and Luke Skywalker, to name just a few. But only one symbolized the spirit of the year. I speak, of...
The Nouveau Sodbusters

The Nouveau Sodbusters

We know from the childhood song that Old MacDonald had a farm. But e-i-e-i-o — look who’s got his farm now. It’s outfits like American Farmland, Farmland Partners, and BlackRock. These aren’t dirt farmers wearing overalls and muddy boots....
Worth More: One Man or an Entire City?

Worth More: One Man or an Entire City?

A population of 100,000 is substantial. Five states don’t even have one metropolis that large. Some cities that size, like Fargo, North Dakota, are their state’s biggest. Others, like Lansing, Michigan, are state capitals. About 100,000 people live in...