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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Modest Proposal: Tax the Childless

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Slate's Reihan Salam says he's come to the "reluctant conclusion" that childless Americans (like himself) should pay higher taxes in order to subsidize working parents. Tell us if you agree — or think he's nuts.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Controlling the Future

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Hear the latest from Washington on the federal funds for Sandy relief. Plus: your questions answered about how the new tax deal will affect your finances; a new month-long series on guns and gun-control with Paul Barrett, author of Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun; gentrification and the future of downtown Brooklyn; and a theory about brain drain at the Pentagon.

It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Both Parties Prefer Fairy Tales to Truth on Economy

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Ideology is a dangerous thing. Both parties would rather tell fictions about the economy than deal with real, imminent problems.

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It's A Free Country ®

Explainer: Will Mitt Romney Raise Taxes on the Poor? What About Obama?

Friday, August 03, 2012

A new study finds that Mitt Romney’s partially detailed tax plan would necessarily increase the tax burden on low- and middle-income Americans while lowering tax rates for the wealthiest.

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Opinion: Business Can Counteract Washington Gridlock

Monday, March 19, 2012

Both parties are becoming more and more ideologically pure each year, making the gap between them larger and larger. Not even the most liberal republican is in the same area of the political spectrum as the most conservative republican.

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The Takeaway

Evaluating Obama's Proposed Corporate Tax Cut

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Obama administration proposed an overhaul of the corporate tax code. He wants to cut the top corporate rate down to 28% in exchange for closing loopholes.

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Explainer: Why Mitt's Taxes are 5 Times More Complicated Than Newt's

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

According to a tax expert, Romney's 2010 return is on another planet from his main competition, Newt Gingrich.

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Explainer: Herman Cain's 999 Tax Plan - Is it Really That Simple?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Herman Cain has been getting a lot of attention lately, not least for his "9-9-9" tax plan. (Not "6-6-6", as Bachmann has devilishly suggested.) He explains the plan on his website with short, sharp bullet points, but most of the fine print is still a mystery.

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Occupy Wall Street and the Real Numbers of Income Inequality

Friday, October 07, 2011

We have more of a culture of equality in this country. We don't have nobility from the past, we have a belief that you can rise, but inequality has gotten so big in this country that the rungs on the ladder are further apart than they used to be and further apart than they are in other countries and so it's harder to jump from one rung to another than it used to be.

—  David Leonhardt, Washington bureau chief for the New York Times, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Opinion: Warren Buffett Was Right on Taxes, But He Didn't Go Far Enough

Monday, August 15, 2011

Common sense ideas like this, on how we can in one fell swoop, make the tax system more fair, cut deficit spending and stimulate the economy where it needs the stimulation are exactly the kinds of ideas we need right now.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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The Takeaway

Would Corporations Feel Effects of Higher Tax Rate?

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

The United States could soon have the highest corporate tax rate in the world, however with the large number of tax breaks and loopholes, corporations will likely continue to pay less taxes than their international counterparts. Wall Street and finance reporter for The New York Times, Louise Story reports on whether changes will come to the U.S. tax code.

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Stucknation: Obama’s Risk-Free, ‘Real-Time’ Leadership

Monday, April 11, 2011

Throughout his political career, President Obama has been a master of "real-time delivery" when it comes to leadership. No point in being out ahead and taking the heat. It will just make you sweat. Wait for everybody else to take a whack at it, see how that goes, clear your throat, and float in above the fray.

Later this week, more than halfway through his first term, President Obama is going to put forward his vision for how we handle the long-term debt test. Everybody else has turned in their exam, so the calibration should be a snap.

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The Takeaway

GE's Tax Return: $3.2 Billion

Friday, March 25, 2011

Companies are using every loophole they can find to get a tax benefit — and it turns out they are doing it well. According to The New York Times, General Electric made $14.2 billion in profit last year, $5.1 billion of which came from its operations in the United States. But it turns out that not only did G.E. not pay any money in taxes, instead raking in another $3.2 billion in tax benefits.

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