Category Archives: Economics

What is SALT really about?

Here is the proper way to understand the SALT issue—whether State and Local Taxes should be deducted from taxable income on which federal taxes are levied. Assume that taxpayer 1 (Jack) in state A and taxpayer 2 (Mary) in state … Continue reading

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SALT—More press nonsense on tax reform

The elimination of State and Local Tax (SALT) deductions from the proposed tax reforms working their way through Congress has become a hot topic. Fine, but please keep the discussion honest. Sadly my local newspaper, The Washington Post, is not … Continue reading

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Tax reform and the press

I have written several articles about the need for serious tax reform in the U.S. and set out the basic principles of good tax law accepted by most economists. “US Federal Tax Policy”, Cayman Financial Review, Issue 16, Third Quarter … Continue reading

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Sound Money

Philadelphia Society Address on Oct 14, 2017 Introduction Sound money is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for a healthy economy. How can we best achieve and maintain it? For almost two hundred years the gold standard did a good … Continue reading

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Abuses of Government regulation

Government is essential for a vibrant, growing economy. It provides and enforces the property rights and rules of the game (e.g., contract enforcement) within which entrepreneurs operate. It is, or should be, the referee of the game rather than a … Continue reading

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Taxing the Wealthy

The administration has “backed a tax plan that analysts say would greatly benefit the wealthy.” I want to unpack that and take a closer look at what it might mean. “The Trump tax plan drops the top bracket from 39.6 to … Continue reading

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A Basic Human Right

Hunter-gatherers freely traded what they produced (gathered) for what they needed but did not produce. The story is well known (except by Peter Navarro, an energy and environmental policy analyst masquerading as Trump’s trade expert). By specializing in what they … Continue reading

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