Category: Public Policy

IRS report provides candid assessment of major problems

Nina E. Olson is the current head of the U.S. Taxpayer Advocate.  This is a government office dedicated to helping taxpayers solve their problems with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  On January 5, 2011, she issued her required annual report to Congress.  The report is exceptionally long.  We summarize the major components and themes in …

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Congress’ PAYGO was anything but

Pay-as-you-go, or “PAYGO” rules require that new entitlement spending and new tax cuts must be paid for dollar-for-dollar with entitlement spending cuts or tax increases. On February 4, 2010, pushing for passage of the pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) legislation, then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated on the House floor, When I became Speaker of the House, the very …

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Californian Legislature Ignores the Budget Mess, but Passes 725 Other New Laws

Happy New Year, Californians!   Thanks to a legislating orgy performed by your California legislature last year (that was paid for by you), 725 pieces of legislation went into effect January 1, 2011!  Let’s celebrate!  Californians are now compelled to ring in the New Year by getting up to speed on each of these new laws.  I shall …

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What is the fuss about “net neutrality?”

On December 21, 2010, the FCC passed a new rule that restricts Internet providers from entering into certain contracts or managing their bandwidth in certain ways.  The end result may be that the internet brought to your home by your cable or phone company may be a very different experience than what, possibly from the …

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Obama’s new whale and the State of the Union

This month, President Obama will need to give a State of the Union address.  The primary of the purpose of the State of the Union Address is to set forth a legislative agenda for the upcoming session.  This year’s legislative session will certainly be more difficult for Mr. Obama because he no longer has a …

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If I Ran the Zoo

          “It’s a pretty good zoo,” said young Gerald McGrew, “And the fellow who runs it seems proud of it, too.” “But if I ran the zoo,” said young Gerald McGrew, “I’d make a few changes, that’s just what I’d do…”           Dr. Seuss, If I Ran the Zoo    A complete overhaul of the …

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Illinois “Beats” California as most Likly to Default

Living in California, I am used to hearing well-earned criticism of California’s legislature for failing to control its spending,  failing to pass a budget, and generally not doing its job.  Candidly, I have been known to add to the criticism (here is an example of a comparison of California’s legislators to monkeys that used video clips).  So, …

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The Missing Word

There is a word that has been sadly missing from the national debate on how to get the US economy growing. That word is opportunity.

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What is the Individual Mandate? How Will This End?

At this point, nearly everybody has heard of the individual mandate.  But far less is known about what it is.  The recent Federal District Court ruling by Judge Henry Hudson in Virginia relies on a very specific interpretation of what the individual mandate is.  A change in the interpretation of what the mandate is also changes Judge Hudson’s conclusion.  Despite …

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