Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

AARP Forgot Basic Math

If workers spend the same percentage of their incomes as retirees, then the net economic effect of Social Security isn't $1.4 trillion or 9 million jobs, like a new AARP report claims -- it's zero...

A Tax Reform Plan that Both Parties Can Like

In addition to being simple, transparent and fair, the Common Sense Tax would improve incentives to work and save, and eliminate an entire army of corporate and personal tax accountants and lawyers, say John Goodman, president and CEO, and Laurence J. Kotlikoff, a senior fellow, at the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Food Stamp Program Reform Needed

As recently as 2000, just 17 million Americans participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program at a cost of less than $18 billion; today, roughly 48 million Americans receive benefits, costing taxpayers more than $78 billion per year...

Obama and Reagan Agree: Divest the Tennessee Valley Authority

A divestiture of the Tennessee Valley Authority would avoid adding roughly $10 billion to the federal deficit over the next decade through additional capital outlays...

Business Tax Climate Index

Entrepreneurial states can take advantage of the tax increases of their neighbors to lure businesses out of high-tax states...

Professionals Abuse Social Security Programs

At the height of his success in 2010, Eric Christopher Conn employed nearly 40 people and obtained more than $3.9 million in legal fees from the Social Security Administration, making him the agency's third highest paid disability lawyer that year...

Mapping State Corporate Tax Rates

Among the states, the worst to start a new business in are Hawaii, Pennsylvania and Kansas; the best are Nebraska, Louisiana and Ohio...

Debt-Limit Debate: Myth vs. Reality

Replacing borrowing with higher taxes does not solve the fundamental problem: federal spending -- including Social Security, Medicaid and especially Medicare -- is unsustainable...

Federal Budget: "Use It or Lose It"

In many cases, Congress requires agencies to spend all their allotted funds by Sept. 30 or lose the money; as a result, in a single day, the Agriculture Department spent $144,000 on toner cartridges...

Farm Subsidies: A Burden on the Young

According to the Department of Agriculture, for each farmer under age 35, there are six who are 65 years old or older...


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