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  • Is Mike Huckabee's FairTax actually fair?

    Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee recently defended his proposed 'FairTax', a national retail sales tax that would replace all federal taxes, on Fox News. The actual fairness of Huckabee's proposed tax toward lower-income families is a little more complicated.

  • Why the government shouldn't tell people how to use food stamps

    Restricting food stamps to use on certain foods is only fair if we put restrictions on dozens of other programs that assist people —to attend school, save for retirement, buy homes, take care of their children. Instead, let’s trust Americans to use that assistance as they see fit and not tell them how to live their lives. 

  • Does the tax code reduce income inequality?

    Since it’s (almost) Tax Day, that April 15 deadline for filing tax returns, it’s a good time to ponder a very simple question: How much does the US tax system shrink the gap between rich and poor?

  • Ferguson city finances: not the new normal

    A recent DOJ investigation into the city of Feguson and its police department highlighted a 'focus on revenue rather than … public safety needs.' Even among smaller American cities still recovering from the recession, such a focus is far from normal. 

  • One solution to California's drought: tax water

    California desperately needs its residents and businesses to use less water. So rather than trying to curb water use through a complex maze of regulation, why not just raise the price though a new state-wide tax on all users?

May 28, 2015

Photos of the day 05/28

Simone Arrigoni of Italy attempts to set an apnea diving record, while being pushed by a dolphin, in Torvaianica near Rome, Italy, Thursday.

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