Curing Saudi Arabia’s Dutch Disease

The Saudi king’s golden escalators are examples of their affluence from oil and the need for Saudi diversification from oil.

Why Corporate Taxes Are Never Simple

Similar to a Magritte surrealistic painting, corporate taxes are not as simple as they appear because publicized numbers hide the real facts and incentives.

What We Don’t Know About Taxes

Asked about tax policy, most of us know little about who pays the most, how rates have changed, and which tax legislation was the best.

Understanding the Big Numbers in the Federal Budget

Judging the Trump blueprint for the federal budget, we need to figure out how to compare trillion dollar totals to billion dollar proposals.

What State Gasoline Taxes and a LUST Fund Have in Common

A LUST Trust Fund and higher state gasoline taxes may come in handy if massive federal infrastructure spending becomes more doubtful.

Why the Congress Needs to Raise the Debt Ceiling Again

A week ago, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin sent a letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. The letter said we will have maxed out our borrowing at midnight tonight. Having reached its “statutory limit,” the outstanding debt of the U.S.…

What We Need To Know About Federal Spending

Talking about foreign aid and the defense budget is like comparing a blueberry to a watermelon. Foreign aid spending is tiny while defense dollars are massive.   With federal spending on foreign aid, defense, Medicare and Medicaid in the headlines, let’s…

Oscar’s Hidden Costs

Frequently hidden, Academy Award costs relate to gifts given to the major nominees and the host, to the speeches and even to our taxes.

The Best and Worst Federal Budget Solutions

Not really surprising, our politicians’ suggestions for cutting the federal deficit are different from a Congressional Budget Office list.

Should Everyone Get a Basic Income?

For different reasons, a guaranteed basic income appeals to liberals and conservatives but few people appear ready to vote for it.