Not Much to Celebrate with Obama’s Tax Deal

We enter 2011 with a few more dollars in our paychecks. For about 98 percent of Americans, the extension of Bush tax cuts and the new payroll tax holiday will make it easier for us to afford a gallon, rather than a quart, of milk for our families each month, and to...

Audio-Visual Accountability

Political pundits moan that video cameras on the campaign trail stifle candidates from saying much of anything, for fear a gaffe will ruin their careers. That happened to George Allen. At a campaign stop in 2006, the former Senator (R-VA) was caught on tape repeatedly...

Good-for-Nothing Commission

We have seen the future and it is grim. That glimpse of the road ahead arrived in the form of a preview of the Bowles-Simpson Commission’s report on the kinds of things government has to do (and not do) if we want to avoid economic doom. Things like giving up...

Surprise! The People Speak

Michael Duke is the Big Wally of Walmart. As CEO of the low-wage behemoth, he siphons some $19 million a year in personal pay from the global retailer. How much is $19 million? Let’s break it down in terms that Duke’s own workforce can appreciate. While...

Tax the Rich

My accountant Found a niche; Lowered my taxes, Though I’m rich. Taxes, like death, may be certain. Unlike death they can be finagled. Finagling works best if you’re rich and can join with brethren to hire accountants, lawyers, lobbyists, and politicians to...