Monthly Archives: November 2011

INCOME TAX RATES: AN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

Here’s issue #7 of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, written 11/27/11. As you probably know, the Congressional Super Committee failed this week to reach an agreement on a recommendation for reducing the federal deficit. One of the key sticking points was income tax rates. The Republicans insisted on reducing income tax rates along with reducing […]

A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT: DOES IT MAKE SENSE?

Here’s issue #6 of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, written 11/20/11. As you probably know, the US House voted on and rejected a Balanced Budget Amendment to the US Constitution this week. Consideration of a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) to the US Constitution by both houses of Congress was required as part of the agreement […]

DEFENSE SPENDING: CAN WE AFFORD TO CUT IT?

Here’s issue #5 of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, written 11/17/11. Another piece of the debate on how to reduce the deficit is whether defense spending should be cut. Here’s some context. Defense spending has more than doubled from 2001 to 2011, increasing 121%, more than any other component of the federal budget (all other […]

HOUSEHOLD INCOME: GROWING INEQUALITY

Here’s issue #4 of my Policy and Politics newsletter, written 11/13/11. One piece of the debate on how to reduce the deficit is whether the well-off should pay more. Here’s some context. Household income in the United States has become significantly more unequal over the last 30 years. Income for wealthy households has grown faster […]

THE FEDERAL DEFICIT: HOW DID WE GET HERE?

In the previous newsletter on corporate taxes, I mentioned that having corporations pay their fair share of taxes would help reduce the deficit. The deficit is a hot topic with the federal Super Committee required to submit its recommendations on how to reduce the deficit in 2 weeks. (This is issue #3 of my Politics […]

CORPORATIONS: ARE THEY PAYING FAIR TAXES?

Here’s issue #2 of my Policy and Politics newsletter, written 11/5/11. It’s a bit long and dense, but has important information corporate taxation. I’ll be shorter and sweeter in the future! I’m very concerned about the pervasive and powerful influence corporations have on our every day lives, as well as on our politics and policy […]

Bill Moyers and Winner take all politics

The first issue of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, back on 11/1/11, was an atypical item. It provided a link to a speech by Bill Moyers at an event honoring Ralph Nader and the 40th anniversary of his organization, Public Citizen. I did not send other videos, let alone anything this long – 20 minutes. […]