A Triumph of Sewage and Stench

A Triumph of Sewage and Stench

Just over a year ago, the Costa Concordia, a Carnival Cruise ocean liner, ran aground on an Italian reef. Thirty-two died. “We expect to fully recover from the ship incident,” the subsequent Carnival annual report told shareholders. Earlier this month,...
The Ever-So-Brief Success of the Income Tax

The Ever-So-Brief Success of the Income Tax

The modern federal income tax turns 100 this year, and historians are already holding special events to commemorate the anniversary. But if we really want to understand just what the federal income tax has accomplished — and failed to accomplish — over the last 100...
The Capital of Inequality

The Capital of Inequality

Politicians inside the Beltway that circles Washington, D.C., most of us would agree, don’t understand the challenges of daily life that average Americans face outside the Beltway. But these days, if you really want to understand everyday life in our deeply...

Obama 2.0: Yes We Can Raise Taxes

Republicans seem to have something against tax increases. I get that. But it’s still not crazy to think we can win some important revenue battles during Obama 2.0. And given this country’s pressing needs – from repairing our infrastructure to rehiring...
The Real Obama Emerges Again

The Real Obama Emerges Again

If you’re having political déjà vu as Obama’s second term in the White House gets underway, you’re not alone. The supposedly populist candidate — who won re-election promising to tax the rich, protect Social Security, and make the economy fair — has...
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