Monday, December 25, 2017

The (Tax) Nightmare Before Christmas

December 23, 2017 by Dan Mitchell
 
I never saw The Nightmare Before Christmas, a 1993 film. But that’s fine, because I am already dealing with my own nightmare with the holiday just around the corner.
What’s haunting me in the specter of a value-added tax, which some reporters now think is a clear and present danger (my concern, not theirs).
We’ll start with this disconcerting report a couple of days ago from Politico.
Is the real lesson from tax reform that Americans rely too much on the income tax to fund their government? …Most other industrial nations lighten the load on their income tax by combining it with some form of consumption taxes… “If you want a code that is predictable and simple and competitive with rates on the global market place, you have to bring in other sources of income, other than the income tax,” said Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.). “A progressive consumption tax is the most logical way to move forward but we’re not there yet. I think ultimately we’ll get there.”
By the way, there’s a huge mistake in the above excerpt............To Read More.....

The (Spending) Nightmare Before Christmas

December 24, 2017 by Dan Mitchell @ International Liberty
Yesterday’s column about “the tax nightmare before Christmas” was based on my fear that politicians will try to impose a value-added tax at some point in the not-too-distant future.
Today’s column is about the spending nightmare that is already happening. The bottom line, as expressed in this clip from a recent interview with Neil Cavuto, is that Republicans are not doing what’s right for the country.



Need some evidence?

How about  what was reported today in the Hill?
Lawmakers are under pressure to get a deal to increase the budget caps and prevent automatic across-the-board spending cuts, known as sequestration. …a deal has remained elusive, with both sides battling over how much to increase both defense and nondefense spending.
Needless to say, they should be battling over how much to cut spending, not how much to increase it.........To Read More....
 

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