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    An Anniversary We Shouldn’t Be Celebrating

    It reads like a cruel joke- but it’s not. April 1 marks the second anniversary of the U.S. having the world’s highest corporate tax rate. Two years ago we won this undignified honor after Japan enacted tax reforms. Currently at 39 percent (a combination of the 35 percent federal rate and the average rate levied by U.S. states), America’s tax code is much higher than | Read More »

    Camp Legislation a Crucial First Step

    Yesterday Representative Dave Camp introduced fundamental tax reform legislation that will serve as a good first step in conservatives changing the discussion over tax reform. Unlike most recent proposals the Camp proposal first should be applauded for its boldness. Chairman Camp’s proposal is not a minor one, but a pro-growth re-write of the tax code. As the Wall Street Journal wrote today, the Camp plan | Read More »

    PA Legislators Consider Harmful Health Care Changes

    The bad news on ObamaCare just keeps rolling in. Just today we read about how the Congressional Budget Office predicts that ObamaCare will mean 2 million fewer workers in the labor market by 2017. Millions of Americans have already lost their health insurance or are experiencing higher premiums, many others haven’t signed up at all due to President Obama’s flawed health care law. ObamaCare has | Read More »

    PA Law Could Set Terrible Precedent For Rest of Country

    Every American has witnessed what happens when the federal government interjects itself into our healthcare.  Despite the terrible implications of ObamaCare, two Pennsylvania legislators are following in the law’s footsteps by involving the government in a private dispute between two healthcare entities.  The Pennsylvania legislature held a hearing on House bills 1621 and 1622.  In response, I wrote an op-ed in Harrisburg’s Patriot-News to bring | Read More »

    Five Stupid Things States Are Doing on Health Care

    Eighty percent of Americans were happy with their health care coverage before President Obama and Congressional Democrats overhauled the system.  Now, as a result, 80 million Americans or more could lose their employer sponsored coverage.   But as we watch ObamaCare implode in the national spotlight, Americans for Job Security is also paying attention to what is happening in states across the country.  In that vein, | Read More »

    Higher Taxes Lead to Higher Job Growth?

    Of course not. But thats what one liberal advocacy group is trying to claim. I’ve been talking for years about the importance of lowering this country’s exorbitant corporate tax rate. It would be a useful prescriptions for pulling us out of the last half decade’s unemployment rut. Although there are a variety of sides to this argument (and I have long advocated for more aggressive | Read More »

    Bogus TSA fee hikes should be stopped

    You have heard this story before. The federal government is looking for more money to help fund an unaccountable agency and its ludicrous and wasteful programs. This chapter is about the TSA. Recent reports suggest part of any future budget deal may include revenue boosters in the form of “increased Transportation Security Administration fees and money generated from wireless spectrum sales, according to sources in both | Read More »

    Phasing out subsidies in the Farm Bill

    As a conference committee on Capitol Hill meets to consider the House and  Senate versions of the Farm Bill, House Republicans should insist that their version of the bill’s energy title, which provides a clear pathway to eliminating wasteful agricultural and energy industry subsidies, is the one that the committee adopts. The House bill eliminates mandatory funding for subsidy programs under the energy title (Title | Read More »

    As Companies and Jobs Flee, Politicians Dither

    Along with many others I have long been warning that having the world’s highest corporate income tax rate has a host of negative and substantial effects on the economy (see: here, here and here among others). The consequences of this terrible policy choice was highlighted recently when the United States (and also Japan) lost a Fortune 500 company due in large part it seem to | Read More »

    Congress’ biofuel blunder costing taxpayers

    Each year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires that drivers put an amalgam of gasoline and ethanol into their cars. Congress passed this requirement in 2007 in order to combat rising gas prices, hoping that requiring a biofuel blend would lower the price of gas in the long run. Roughly six years later, the policy has become a victim of unintended consequences and actually done | Read More »