Slouching Towards Healthcare Reform

by Jon N. Hall7/7/17
The deadliest structural collapse in American history prior to 9/11 occurred right here in Kansas City at the Hyatt Regency in 1981 when two suspended walkways fell onto a tea dance in the hotel lobby, killing 114 and injuring 216. Emergency physician Dr. Joseph Waeckerle had just finished an eleven-hour emergency room work shift More » • (434 views)

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Pulling the Plug on Healthcare Reform

by Jon N. Hall6/16/17
At some of the raucous town hall meetings this year, indignant constituents would tell their representatives that if it weren’t for Obamacare they’d be dead. Actually, if it weren’t for modern medicine they’d be dead; Obamacare is merely a payment system, (and a rather rickety one). More » • (228 views)

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Tax Cuts for the Little People

FederalDebtby Jon N. Hall2/13/17
The individual income tax is the largest source of revenue to the largest operation on Earth: the U.S. federal government. In fiscal 2015, the individual income tax alone brought in $1,540,802 million to the feds, or just over $1.54T. More » • (492 views)

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Balancing Act

FederalDebtby Jon N. Hall12/12/16
Convening the States, Cutting the Spending, Goosing the Economy  •  While driving down the Interstate on Nov. 17, I turned on my AM radio and tuned in to Glenn Beck. “The Beckmeister” was interviewing former U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK). More » • (621 views)

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Hey, Millennials, Do Deficits Matter?

FederalDebtby Jon N. Hall10/15/16
Progressives have said that “deficits don’t matter.” Even a few conservatives have said as much. Some, however, like Speaker Paul Ryan, worry that the sharp recent rise in the national debt could lead to a “debt crisis,” More » • (441 views)

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Millennials and the Obama Legacy

FederalDebtby Jon N. Hall10/4/16
In his 2008 campaign for president, candidate Obama said that the debt run up by Pres. Bush was “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic” and that Bush ran up the debt all “by his lonesome” (short video). Despite presiding over far more debt in his first term than Bush did in two More » • (664 views)

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Time and the Pelosi-Reid-Obama Debt

FederalDebtby Jon N. Hall5/27/16
On April 25 at the Media Research Center, Tom Blumer reported on Pres. Obama’s recent trip to England. At a town-hall in London, Obama was asked: “After eight years, what would you say you want your legacy to be?” More » • (633 views)

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Inequality in the Personal Income Tax

Taxesby Jon N. Hall    4/16/16
The Individual Income Tax is still the largest source of revenue to the federal government; in fiscal 2014 it accounted for 40 percent of all federal revenue. But huge swaths of Americans don’t pay personal income taxes. More » • (688 views)

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Hillary Wants More of Your Money

Taxesby Jon N. Hall    3/3/16
On March 3, CNBC.com ran “Top 1% would see $78,000 tax hike under Hillary” by Robert Frank. Mrs. Clinton seems to be trying to “out Bernie” Bernie Sanders; she’s now going all-out progressive: More » • (809 views)

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The Ignored Campaign Issue: the Deficit

FederalDeficitby Jon N. Hall2/17/16
The largest financial operation in the known universe is the United States federal government. For fiscal 2009, that operation ran a budget deficit of -$1.412T, the all-time record. That’s debt at more than -$3.868B a day, more than -$161M an hour More » • (721 views)

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Getting ‘Medieval’ on the Top 400 Taxpayers

Taxesby Jon N. Hall    1/31/16
On Dec. 29, the New York Times ran “For the Wealthiest, a Private Tax System That Saves Them Billions” by Noam Scheiber and Patricia Cohen. The article’s blurb was: “The very richest are able to quietly shape tax policy that will allow them to shield billions in income.” More » • (803 views)

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Tax Advice for GOP Presidential Candidates

Taxesby Jon N. Hall    1/20/16
Presidential candidates have been trotting out their ideas on taxes. One doesn’t need to spend much time analyzing Democrat ideas, as they like the current system and just want to tax the wealthy more. More » • (1240 views)

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