The Exchange Subsidy Cliff

By: Wednesday December 4, 2013 8:28 am

Looking ahead the design of the law has several glaring issues that should start to become more apparent as people actually use the law. One of the most problematic and frankly stupid is the exchange subsidy cliff.

Concerns About Government Power Remains Mostly Unchanged

By: Monday May 27, 2013 7:07 am

Despite the scandal at the IRS and news about the government aggressively investigating journalists, Americans’ opinions about government power remains mostly unchanged. From Gallup: Of course more than half the country already thinks the government has too much power so it couldn’t go much higher.

At Least Washington Isn’t Talking About the Grand Bargain Anymore

By: Thursday May 16, 2013 6:51 am

The best part about Washington’s new obsession with scandals is that it seems to have killed any hopes for a grand bargain in the near future. Congress has only so much bandwidth to deal with issues and it looks like most of that time will be consumed by “investigations.” In addition, while Republican are in [...]

Doing My Taxes Like Paul Ryan Does his “Budget”

By: Tuesday April 10, 2012 9:03 am

While doing my taxes I came to a realization. How would the IRS react if I did my returns the same way Paul Ryan did his “budget,” allowing me to be completely vague and lacking in almost any actual numbers or details where it mattered? So I quickly mocked up what my 1040 would look [...]

Obama Has a ‘Jobs Plan’ but He’s Actually Pursuing Anti-Jobs Actions

By: Tuesday October 11, 2011 9:11 am

Over the past few weeks President Obama has been traveling the country championing his doomed America Jobs Act as his plan to address the jobs crisis. But during the same time Obama has been publicly flogging this dead show bill, his administration was actually implementing policies and pushing legislation through Congress that will destroy tens [...]

To Stop Abortions, No Freedom Too Great to Sacrifice for GOP

By: Friday March 18, 2011 3:15 pm

For the Republican Party, there seems to be no limit to the amount of beloved personal freedoms they are willing to shred to simply make abortions more inconvenient. The latest example is the GOP’s push to actually increase the power and scope of the IRS. From Mother Jones: Under a GOP-backed bill expected to sail [...]

The Rich Are Different: They Don’t Need to Follow Tax Law

By: Tuesday January 25, 2011 2:33 pm

The incredibly rich aren’t like you and me, they don’t need to worry about breaking the law. . . because the I.R.S. is now handing out amnesty like candy. From the New York Times: The Internal Revenue Service said on Monday that it would soon announce a new amnesty program aimed at encouraging wealthy Americans [...]

Too Politically Toxic? Even Ron Wyden Distances Himself from Individual Mandate

By: Wednesday September 1, 2010 12:10 pm

We can only hope that Oregon’s Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden’s recent shift away from the individual mandate is a sign that the Democratic Party is beginning to acknowledge what a massive political and policy mistake they made.

Poll Suggests Unpopular Individual Mandate Hurts Health Care Reform’s Popularity

By: Tuesday August 31, 2010 12:59 pm

Health care reform has steadily decreased in popularity since its passage as the Kaiser tracking poll shows; the individual mandate is deeply and extremely unpopular. Using the IRS to force Americans to buy a product from one of the most unpopular industries in America is so clearly a terrible idea that Democratic congressional candidates in contested races should think about suing the White House and their leadership for gross political malpractice. (If only some progressive blog had warned them about how unpopular the individual mandate would be without a public option.)

Signed, Sealed, but Not Delivered: Six Big Flaws Need Fixing to Make New Law Meaningful Health Care Reform

By: Monday March 22, 2010 5:30 am

This health care reform bill passed late last night and soon to be signed into law is a seriously flawed piece of legislation, for it fails to achieve the goals of real health care reform. Now that it is essentially the law of the land, the country needs to work diligently at the federal and [...]