taxes

19 Apr

The Scandalous Tax Code

By Walter

Well, the taxman made his annual visit to collect his due, and while we made it through another year, we’re also another couple of trillion dollars deeper in debt. As we are forever reminded, there are but two remedies for excessive debt: cut spending or raise taxes, one or the other, or a combination of both. Managing the national budget, therefore, is a matter of establishing a sustainable balance between those two efforts. Unfortunately, looking at the “raising taxes” part, the outlook is not promising. Even if the Tea Party/Republican anti-tax debt hawks come to understand the need for increased taxes, the system by which those taxes will be collected does not instill confidence that the taxman will be fair and equitable. The abuses and inequities are well known, underscored by the recent revelation that giant General Electric paid no taxes while realizing $14 billion in profits. Clive Crook, writing in the Financial Times, cited the tax code’s “lunatic complexity” as evidence of “legislative incompetence.” “It is something,” he wrote, “that you cannot gaze into too long without falling into despair.”

When Congressman Paul Ryan issued his controversial Roadmap for America’s Future,

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16 Apr

And the Squeeze Goes On

By Walter

As the world’s political and financial leaders seek to reinvigorate economic activity, it is no surprise that the greatest sacrifices and the largest contributions are being demanded from the workers, the laborers who actually produce stuff. As the economy begins to lurch forward in one sector or another, lack of confidence in the sustainability of the recovery is causing employers to delay hiring more workers to satisfy increasing demand. Instead, as reported in the Financial Times, “manufacturers have found that they are able to increase productivity by getting their employees to work harder or more efficiently.” If you are not squeezed out of your job, more work is squeezed out of you.

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