Read. Bartlett is what might be called an apostate Republican. I’ve been enjoying his articles immensely. If only I could believe we’ll get honest tax reform out of this Congress…. A perpetuation and deepening of our neo-feudal future seems more likely.
February 21, 2012, 6:00 AMBRUCE BARTLETT
With its relatively heavy taxes on labor, light taxes on unearned income and broad ranges of rates within the same income levels, the American tax code violates fundamental principles of income taxation.
February 14, 2012, 6:00 AMBRUCE BARTLETT
Because of the different ways in which income is defined, tax policy often assumes people to be better off than they themselves think they are, an economist writes.February 7, 2012, 6:00 AMBRUCE BARTLETT
Congressional Republicans are trying to tamper with institutions that won’t do their bidding, an economist writes.January 31, 2012, 6:00 AMBRUCE BARTLETT
It’s hard to overhaul the tax code without an outline upfront of what is intended, which can be used to weigh the impacts of proposed changes against one another, an economist writes.January 24, 2012, 6:00 AMBRUCE BARTLETT
An overhaul of the tax code might be possible, because both political parties have reasons to support it — but the debate would be improved if each side understood its own arguments, an economist writes.January 17, 2012, 6:00 AMBRUCE BARTLETT
Some elements of President Obama’s plan to consolidate government departments make little sense, but abolishing the Small Business Administration is an excellent place to start, an economist writes.
January 10, 2012, 6:00 AMBRUCE BARTLETT
About 16 percent of federal income taxes due have not been paid, and the enforcement mechanisms continue to be weakened, an economist writes.January 3, 2012, 6:00 AMBRUCE BARTLETT
The overall debts of the federal government are five times as large as the much discussed “national debt,” and can be addressed only through a very long-term approach, an economist writes.December 27, 2011, 6:00 AMBRUCE BARTLETT
Lower payroll taxes were originally a Republican idea, and just why they turned against it is something of a mystery, an economist writes.December 20, 2011, 6:00 AMBRUCE BARTLETT
Corporate taxes in the United States are not particularly high compared with other nations when they are accurately compared, an economist writes.