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Image of the Day: Biden, Pelosi and Schumer Faceplanted On Jobs in 2021

On the heels of Friday's unsettling jobs report from the Labor Department, we can now judge the performance and promises of Joe Biden and the Pelosi/Schumer Congress against actual reality.  They promised 10.3 million jobs would be created in 2021 if their massive spending and regulation blowout passed, versus 6.3 million jobs if their agenda wasn't passed.  So how did it turn out?  Their agenda was passed, but only 6.1 million jobs were created as the U.S. economy slowed and struggled to recover from the Covid dip, as AEI's Matt Weidinger highlights.  They apparently made things worse, not better, illustrating the sardonic adage, "Don't just do something - stand there."

 

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="905"] BIden Jobs Performance: Worse Than Doing Nothing[/caption]…[more]

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61 Dems' Tax Demagoguery

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the Democratic Party are trying to torpedo the biggest tax cut since 1986. Schumer accuses GOP tax cutters of "messing up the good economy the president inherited from President Obama and hurting the middle class." The senator must think we're stupid. The Obama economy wasn't "good." It was…

62 Economy: Obama Slump to Trump Bump

Has our economy emerged from the Obama slump to the Trump bump?  It increasingly appears so.  Consider that since World War II, the United States has averaged 3.3% economic growth per year.  Under Barack Obama, however, we never once reached 3% gross domestic product (GDP) growth in a year.  We've gone an entire decade without…

63 Dems vs. the Facts

President Trump has unveiled a tax plan to ignite economic growth and simplify the tax filing ordeal. Sadly, top Democrats are responding with divisive rhetoric and lies. Senator Chuck Schumer dismisses the plan as "wealth-fare." House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi calls the plan "giveaways to big corporations and billionaires."…

64 Workers Benefit from Business Tax Cuts

Left-wing political groups are staging street protests and running television ads to defeat President Trump's proposed corporate tax cut. If they succeed, the big losers will be anyone hoping for a raise or looking for a better job. Top Democrats like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are haranguing about tax cuts for wealthy corporations. MoveOn…

65 Tax Reform Bill Must Include Donor Privacy Protection from IRS

"The role of money in politics is a major problem.  And particularly the role of unchecked anonymous money.  There have been super-PACs in Washington who have been putting up tens of millions of dollars in attack ads for months now." Talk about chutzpah.  That was Jon Ossoff, Democratic candidate for Congress from Georgia…

66 Trump Budget Revives American Work Ethic

Hillary Clinton bashes President Trump's budget proposal for its "unimaginable level of cruelty." Almost every Democratic politician, and most mainstream media, are saying the same. Don't believe it. The budget, released last week, dignifies work. It reforms federal anti-poverty programs that have kept people dependent on government, with…

67 Trump's Tax Proposal: An Excellent Framework

Last November, Americans said they wanted change in Washington.  They also said they wanted to get the economy moving again.  The bold tax reform outline that President Trump unveiled last week shows that he's doing his part.  Although important details remain unaddressed and subject to negotiation with Congress, Trump's plan offers…

68 Blame the Spendaholics, Not Tax Reformers

If you live in tax hell — New York, Illinois, California, New Jersey or Connecticut — paying your state and local taxes could soon become even more painful. Congressional Republicans and President Trump have plans to lower federal tax rates for almost everyone and simplify tax rules. All good news. But there's a catch for residents…

69 Should the United States Stop Cooperating With the OECD?

How would you feel if I told you that we taxpayers are spending millions of dollars every year to fund an army of bureaucrats who advocate higher taxes and bigger government around the globe? That's exactly what the United States does when it sends its contribution to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Last year, as its single…

70 Godfather Of Republican Border Adjustment Tax Plan Was A John Kerry Adviser

Could a Berkeley college professor who once advised the presidential campaign of 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry derail the best opportunity for conservative tax reform in three decades?  As implausible as this may sound, it could well prove true if the Republican leadership in the U.S House of Representatives continue to insist…

71 Trump's Tax Win

If you're hunting for a job, hoping for a raise or depending on a retirement account, your future hinges on President Trump's next big undertaking, cutting taxes. And the picture looked rosy until last week. After the election, stocks soared on expectations that tax cuts would ignite an economic boom. The nonpartisan Tax Foundation was estimating…

72 Whatever Trump Does Next, It Has to Be About Jobs and Wages

What will President Trump do after the Obamacare debacle? For 48 hours, some Hill Republicans — and Trump himself — spoke as if the president and the GOP could smoothly, seamlessly and swiftly pivot to tax reform. Then, Monday night, came an Axios report that Trump might choose to pursue an infrastructure bill — the…

73 Border Adjustment Tax: A Big-Government Accomplice

The United States continues to suffer the developed world’s highest corporate tax rate, which not only stifles growth and employment, but also incentivizes corporations to avoid or abandon our shores. Fortunately, a bipartisan consensus in favor of lowering rates and simplifying the code has emerged in recent years, and the Trump Administration…

74 Trump Economy Ignites After Years of Obama Malaise

For the past eight years, conservatives and libertarians correctly maintained that Obama Administration policies didn't salvage our economy from the last recession, they instead subdued the natural cyclical recovery that otherwise would've been much more robust.  Obama's agenda of massive federal spending, more regulation, higher taxes, new social…

75 New Study Highlights Value of Copyright and Intellectual Property to U.S. Economy

Regardless of whether one actually voted for Donald Trump, the spectacle of post-election frenzy by the political left and mainstream media offers a fringe benefit for all conservatives and libertarians to savor.  Case in point:  Last week's announcement from Carrier that it had agreed with President-elect Trump and Vice President-elect…

76 Has Economics Failed?

It is especially painful for me, as an economist, to see that two small cities in northern California — San Mateo and Burlingame — have rent control proposals on the ballot this election year. There are various other campaigns, in other places around the country, for and against minimum wage laws, which likewise make me wonder…

77 U.N. Threatens U.S. Medical Innovation...and Our Economy

Ponder this lopsided statistic for a moment.  The United States, with just 4% of the world's population, generates 64.4% - nearly two-thirds - of all new prescription and biologic drug patents worldwide.  Our nearest individual competitor, Japan, accounts for a distant second at 10.7%, and China merely 0.2%.  The entire combined European…

78 What's in Your Wallet?

The choice for voters is clear: a tax cut from Donald Trump or a pay cut courtesy of Hillary Clinton. Trump is promising to slash income taxes to zero for millions of people currently paying them, and to reduce the tax bite on everyone. Clinton isn't cutting income tax rates for anyone. Instead, she's campaigning to hike business taxes, despite warnings…

79 Obama Deficit Heads Upward Again

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just revealed that this year's federal budget deficit will rise to $590 billion, a depressing 35% increase over last year's already-high $438 billion:  CBO now estimates that the 2016 deficit will total $590 billion, or 3.2 percent of GDP, exceeding last year's deficit by $152 billion... …

80 Rare Bright Spot: U.S. Still Leads in Intellectual Property Protection

The United States accounts for just 4% of the world's population, and our brief 240-year existence remains a blink of an eye relative to other cultures hundreds or even thousands of years old.  Despite that, America stands unrivaled in human history in terms of sheer innovation, prosperity and power.  From powered flight to the moon landing…

81 Voters Get to Choose Envy or Growth

On Monday, Donald Trump stopped the wisecracks and laid out a serious plan to jumpstart the nation's limping economy. He proposed tax cuts, regulatory relief, unfettered development of coal, oil and natural gas and fairer trade pacts. One item in his plan will do more than all the others to get the nation working again: cutting corporate taxes. Trump…

82 Fonda & Redford: Hollywood's New Welfare Mooches

COLORADO SPRINGS — My adopted hometown will soon be the base of operations for a new Netflix movie starring aging elitist hippies Robert Redford (estimated net worth: $170 million) and Jane Fonda (estimated net worth: $120 million). A state economic development commission unanimously voted last week to fork over $1.5 million in taxpayer…

83 Obama Didn't Save the Economy, He Subdued It

So it's official, according to the U.S. Commerce Department:  This is the worst cyclical economic recovery since World War II.  But look at the bright side:  At least Barack Obama managed to double the nation's debt in just seven years and ran up the worst deficits in history achieving it.  Obama and his apologists habitually…

84 The Tax-Shaming Trap

Hillary Clinton and the media are goading Donald Trump again into releasing his tax returns, suggesting he's unwilling to pay his "fair share." Sadly, even a few of Trump's fellow Republicans are piling on. Their crazy premise: Paying the IRS more than you legally owe makes you a better person. That's nonsense. Donald Trump is wisely resisting…

85 America’s 30-year-old Tax Code, Now Serving: No One

With our two major parties holding conventions this month and setting agendas for the next four years, now is the perfect time for Americans of all political persuasions to come together and urge comprehensive tax reform. Reforming our outdated tax code is a rare policy that maintains significant bipartisan support. Regardless of political affiliation…

86 A Builder or a Blabber in the White House

On Monday, Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen gave a somber assessment of the current jobs market, throwing cold water on President Obama's election-year messaging. President Obama has been bragging that America has "the strongest" economy in the world. Right, and pigs can fly. GDP growth under Obama has averaged a stagnant 1.7 percent…

87 The $16 Billion Tax-Credit Black Hole

President Obama and GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan want to expand it. Tax preparation companies and illegal immigrants are cashing in on it. Fraudsters have found bottomless ways to exploit it. The earned income tax credit, a bipartisan-supported "anti-poverty" benefit, is robbing honest, law-abiding Americans blind. Originally intended to…

88 No, Obama Didn't Prevent the Next Great Depression

"Saving the economy from a great depression."  That was Barack Obama's response when asked by Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace to identify his "biggest accomplishment."  In Obama's defense, it's not as though he enjoys a Reaganesque litany of accomplishments from which to choose - winning the Cold War, reversing a…

89 Obama's Killer Economy

Middle-aged people laid off and unable to find work are taking another way out. They're killing themselves. Suicide rates are soaring, according to federal data released last week. Especially in economically depressed states and job-starved regions like upstate New York. People in need of work are twice as likely to take their own lives as employed…

90 Tax Week: Bernie Sanders Didn't Practice What He Preaches

Bernie Sanders asserts with religious fervor that "the rich" must pay more in taxes.  Except when it comes to Sanders himself, apparently.  It all makes for a satirical tale paralleling George Orwell's "Animal Farm" in which "all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."  Sanders…

 
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