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  • Sep 17, 2007

    Time Is Money

    We all know that time is money. When we are young, most of us have more time than money, and we're eager to exchange the former for the latter. As we reach a certain age -- as time becomes scarcer and more valuable to us and money more plentiful -- the opposite trade works better for us. We become more willing and better able to buy time with money.

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  • Jun 07, 2007

    Saving may not pay off for poor

    Low-income households face 'astronomical' penalties for saving, according to the report by the National Center for Policy Analysis. For example, each $1 saved by a single mother earning $15,000 a year could cost her $2.60 in higher taxes and lost government benefits.'We're constantly told that we need to save early and often to prepare for retirement,' said Laurence Kotlikoff, professor at Boston University and author of the study. 'Yet government policies tell low-income families, 'If you save for the future, you won't get our help today.' 'Over the last decade, the government has sharply increased the amounts that Americans can set aside on a tax-favored basis for retirement, created a tax credit for low-income people who fund retirement accounts and launched public campaigns urging people to save.

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  • May 09, 2007

    Medicare Meltdown

    What's going to happen when the money runs out for Medicare? A recently released report by the program's trustees found that within seven years Medicare taxes will fall short of Medicare expenses by more than 45%. What's more, Medicare and Social ecurity combined are on track to eat up the entire federal budget.

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  • May 04, 2007

    Dems Want You to Take a Hike

    The hottest domestic political issue of the coming two years will be federal income  taxes.

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  • Jan 26, 2007

    Health plan aims to reduce uninsured

    WASHINGTON - Get health insurance through your employer? The average cost of a  family policy is about $11,500, low enough to get you a tax break under President George W. Bush's new health care initiative.

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  • Jan 26, 2007

    Bush's Healthcare Proposal

    George W. Bush's proposal, unveiled in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, to change the tax treatment of health insurance, is worthy of some serious consideration. Bush would make the value of employer-provided health insurance taxable to the employee but would grant a $15,000 exemption for families and $7,500 for individuals for all taxpayers regardless of whether they have employer-provided health insurance.

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  • Jan 24, 2007

    A Spending Sham

    A fresh new Congress has come to Washington, run by a different party, with different leadership and very different ideas. The new House adopted tougher ethics rules for its members and hopes to get America out of the antiterrorism effort in Iraq; it voted to raise the minimum wage and reduce the interest rates on student loans; and it wants to roll back tax deductions for oil companies and force drug makers to reduce Medicare prescription drug prices.

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  • Jan 24, 2007

    Experts laud health care emphasis, disagree on deduction

    Health care experts in North Texas welcome President Bush's new emphasis on reducing the ranks of the uninsured, but they disagree over whether his ideas for expanding access to health care coverage are the right prescription.

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