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Bloomberg-Funded Soda Tax Study Does Not Answer the Relevant Questions

Yesterday, I received an email from Health Affairs linking to some new studies that will run in their upcoming print edition.  One of them, “In Mexico, Evidence Of Sustained Consumer Response Two Years After Implementing A Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax,” caught my eye for obvious reasons.  First, using soda taxes to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks, […]

Disability Program on GAO’s “High Risk” List

Every two years the Government Accountability Office (GAO) identifies and reports on government operations that are “high risk” – meaning vulnerable to fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement and inefficiency.  I know, I know…the entire government could be considered “high risk,” but for the sake of keeping this blog post short, let’s focus on one program identified in the GAO’s most recent […]

Are “Deficit Hawks” Prepared for Trump’s Proposed Spending Cuts?

It’s amazing how those who cared little for spending deficits during Obama’s presidency have suddenly become deficit hawks just hours before Trump’s inauguration.  (Paul Krugman, are you listening?) The national debt is now $20 trillion, double what it was eight years ago.  In all fairness President Obama was not responsible for all of this due to mandatory spending […]

Tax Extenders in 2017

In a rush to keep the government funded through April 2017, Congress passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill last month that includes no mention of tax cut extensions that expired at the end of 2016.  But take heart, most of the tax breaks that folks have become accustomed to were made permanent at the end […]

On A Personal Note

Update:  I ran the following blog post last year in response to the ubiquitous inflatable yard creatures that are found in most neighborhoods.  While I thought they may be on the decline, this year there are more than ever…and not just around Christmas time either. First, let me start by saying I love the free market – whether […]

Sam Johnson takes on Social Security Reform

As Chairman of the Social Security Subcommittee of House Ways and Means, Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Tex) has introduced the “Social Security Reform Act of 2016” as a way to extend the solvency of Social Security and eliminate many provisions that are seen as unfair.  Of course, the media and people on the left are couching […]

Let’s Scrap Pension Systems Altogether

The Dallas Police and Firefighter pension system is a mess.  As with many big-city pensions that run the risk of bankruptcy, there are many factors that have contributed to the underfunding of the pension system: A generous system that allows workers to take lump sums from their pensions while remaining on the job (this is […]

Not So Fast On the Overtime Rule, Says Judge

Last week, a U.S. District judge issued a preliminary injunction against the Department of Labor’s new overtime pay rule, scheduled to take effect on Thursday.  The rule doubles the threshold under which salaried employees are required to receive overtime pay.  The NCPA published two reports on the negative effects of this rule and potential job losses as a […]

Is Seattle’s Minimum Wage Being Passed on to Consumers?

Last week, voters in Washington state approved a statewide hike in the minimum wage to $13.50 an hour by the year 2020.  The current minimum wage of $9.47 an hour would jump to $11.00 an hour on January 1 and would incrementally increase thereafter.  Voters also approved mandatory paid sick leave for employees.  In areas […]

Three Reasons Donald Trump Won

Donald Trump’s stunning victory last night left media and political pundits shocked and in some cases, horrified.  But for anybody who has not benefited from the post-2008 economic recovery (and there are still many), this upset came as no surprise.  Here are three factors I believe that the media and pundits underestimated. Despite an economic “recovery,” […]