Why Federal Spending Is Tough to Predict for Entitlement Programs

Looking back at Medicare and Medicaid, we can see why there are several versions of spending projections for the American Families Plan.

Why Renaming Countries and Cities is Costly

Renaming countries and cities is costly when we think of the municipal, business, and individual changes that it necessitates.

Judging the Spillover From Corporate Tax Avoidance

U.S. tax collectors need more money. No, they are not referring to corporate tax avoidance. Our tax collection agency– the IRS–needs more budget money so that it can properly do its job. Because of years of flat or declining allocations…

The Corporate Tax Rates That Are Not What They Appear To Be

Right now, the U.S. corporate tax rate is close to the world average:   But, if other OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries agree with Janet Yellen, we could wind up with a global minimum corporate tax for…

Where and Why We Moved During 2020

We seem to be moving less: Let’s see where and why. Interstate Migration Where? U-Haul publishes an annual report of its top destinations. Comparing the net gain of the one-way trucks that enter to those that leave, they rank the…

How to Pay For a $1.9 Trillion Package

Through massive pandemic aid, the 2020 CARES Act ballooned the federal deficit. With spending far exceeding revenue, the difference was $2.8 trillion:   Now, President-elect Biden has proposed a new $1.9 trillion relief package. It includes payments to Americans who…

Where Gasoline Is Most and Least Affordable

When we look at where the world’s gasoline prices are high and low, we could be surprised with their affordability.

Six Facts: Getting to Know the Superrich

These six facts about the superrich reveal where they make their money, whether they keep it, and how it should not be taxed.

New York’s Marijuana Worries

With New Jersey legalizing recreational marijuana, New York State is worried that it will get marijuana tax revenue from New York pot buyers.

Why People Do and Don’t Pay Taxes

The economists who think about paying taxes tell us that there are so many different reasons that people do and do not comply.