Equality and Social Aspirations Do Not Equate to Socialism

“I am angry that the Democrats don't have the ability to explain to Republicans that we should be able to feed people in this country, and that it is not socialism.”

Lewis Black

Republican presidential wannabees, together with the GOP’s Congressional caucus and conservative media talking-heads, have been extremely successful in labeling …

Will Statesmanship or Partisan Politics Prevail?

“You can compromise without violating your principles, but it is nearly impossible to compromise when you turn principles into ideology.” 

Jamie Dimon

Speaker McCarthy and President Biden are embroiled in a risky game of political chicken over increasing nation’s debt ceiling, necessary to cover spending obligations previously-authorized by Congress. 

McCarthy is being held …

The GOP’s Ill-Advised Tax Reform and Job Creation Bill is a Travesty

The actions of people—and especially of government—always have effects that are unanticipated or unintended.
The Law of Unintended Consequences
The so-called tax reform and job creation bill working its way through Congress has no chance of producing the type of tax relief or job growth that the President and his Republican minions …

Paying One’s Fair Share … of Taxes

“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation.  One is by the sword.  The other is by debt.”
John Adams

In the endless debates over reducing federal deficits Republicans offer little other than spending cuts, too many of which impact the most vulnerable in our society.  They and …

America’s Tax Code … The Politics of Class Warfare

America’s current tax system, another example of government run amuck, is generally perceived as unfair, overly complex, full of loopholes and desperately in need of a major overhaul. Yet, as with campaign finance reform and a host of other important issues, our elected representatives seem impotent and/or lacking the political …

Taxing The Rich … The Politics Of Class Warfare

“The power to tax involves the power to destroy.”
John Marshall
It has become axiomatic for politicians seeking votes from lower and middle class constituencies to preach  a “tax the rich” message.  It plays on the frustrations and jealousies of individuals who have seen their incomes stagnate and taxes balloon during the …