Category Archives: Taxes

One Way to Lower High Housing Prices

Two recent articles decry the stratospheric cost of housing in London. That’s not just a problem for London, but cities like New York and Miami, where high end properties are more an investment vehicle than a place to live. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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First They Came For the Porn Stars…

So there’s no way to write a post involving porn without oodles of double entredes, so let’s just agree to try to ignore them. But this story about the collision between the porn industry and the banking industry–at least the … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Is Doing Defense Spending Wrong

I’ve never liked massive defense spending. In the best case scenario, the stuff we purchase ends up never being used, and, in the worst case, Little Lord Pontchartrain decides to invade the wrong fucking country. As macroeconomic policy, it creates … Continue reading

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The Cost of the U.S. Healthcare ‘System’

If you don’t have healthcare insurance, obviously the most important healthcare issue is getting some. But, to channel my inner Reagan, many people have health insurance. What has always puzzled me is why healthcare reformers haven’t tried to sell significant … Continue reading

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Things That Are and Are Not Considered Taxes

People who are opposed to increased government spending because they are afraid of inflation sometimes claim ‘inflation is a tax.’ To help matters, here’s a list of things such people do and do not consider taxes. Taxes: 1) a four … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Taxes

How Math Illiteracy Hurts Kids: The Colorado Referendum

At the risk of channeling my inner Dean Baker, I can’t help but think the belief that the failed Colorado referendum to increase taxes slightly to provide school funding to underfunded schools is due to numerical illiteracy. Consider this (boldface … Continue reading

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Raise the Capital Gains and Marginal Income Tax Rates. Raise Them Now–The Boston Parking Edition

So this is an item that trundled across the transom (boldface mine): It’s just a crumbling strip of asphalt barely big enough to fit two cars one behind the other — lined by weeds, hard against a brick wall, hemmed … Continue reading

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