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The Housing Boom is Already Gigantic. How Long Can it Last?” 20181207 NYT
Possibly all forecast should consider the sentiment in the last paragraph.

Globalization’s Backlash Is Here, at Just the Wrong Time” 20180323 NYT
Food for thought

A Cyberattack ‘the Worst Isn’t Ready For” 20170622 NYT
DoublePular harder to detect and worse than WannaCry!

John D. Rockefeller JR’s  Creed

Email scammers take aim at small businesses that use QuickBooks” IS 20170113
New scams seem to be reported more frequently impacting more people and businesses.

Making America Great Again Isn’t Just About Money and Power” 20170112
This discussion is intriguing and provactive>

Among developed nations, Americans’tax bills are below average” 20160411 Pew Research Center
So we chose to focus on a simple measure of tax burden: national-level income taxes plus mandatory social-insurance contributions as a percentage of gross income

Why Surging Stocks May Not Mean the Economy Trusts Trump” 20161118 NYT
This article is not about how to invest. It is about the benfits of regulatory benefits.

Why We Ask to See Candidates’ Tax Returns.“20160805 NYT
“…why it can be so valuable as a measure of character. It’s a tale of presidential tax shenanigans, political scandal and one of the most famous quotations in American history: Richard M. Nixon’s “I am not a crook.”

We’re in a Low-Growth World. How Did We Get Here?” 20160806 NYT
“Economic growth in advanced nations has been weaker for longer than it has been in the lifetime of most people on earth.”

The IRS and The Self-Minimization of Congressman Jason Chaffetz” 20160624 HP
R. Nader: “Politicians who limit the effectiveness of government agencies for short-term political advantages cheat taxpayers and short-change the government. ”

What Was the Greatest Era for Innovation? A Brief Guided Tour” 20160513 NYT
The article was based on The Rise and Fall of American Growth by Robert J. Gordon

America’s Shrinking Middle Class: A Close Look at Changes Within Metropolitan Area” 20160511 PewResearchCenter
This provides information about the number in each class and the changes over time.

Why is Productivity So Weak? Three Theories” 20160428 NYT
You cannot reach definitive conclusions about economics when there are questions about the accuracy of the measurements. This adds to the questionably of economic forecasts.

Economic Gravity in the Oil Industry: What Goes Up Comes Down” 20160429 NYT
Learning from history can be very beneficial”

The Trade Deficit Isn’t a Scorecard, and Cutting It Won’t Make America Great Again” 20160327 NYT
Informative article about the “Trade Deficit”

America’s Un-American Resistance to the Estate Tax” 20160223 A
“A sophisticated and well-funded effort has extinguished public support for a policy that actually aligns neatly with the U.S/’s notion of fairness.”

The Super Bowl Ad That Set Off Economic Alarm Bells” 20160209 NYT
Are home mortgages to easy to get?

New Treasury Data Shows How Progressive America’s Tax Code Really Is” 20151229 TF

Former SBA Chief Weighs in on the Rapidly Changing World of Financing” 20151123 WSJ
Current changes in lending to small-businesses.

You’re Not Supposed to Understand the Federal Reserve” 20151020 NYT
The Fed was created in 1908 and designed to minimize the influence by any group, including  politicians, and avoid corruption.

The 57 – Year-Old Chart That is Dividing the Fed” 20151024 NYT
Does the Phillips curve be updated or replace?

The Central Bank Skeptic Who Helped Give Birth to the FED” 20151024 NYT
This article provides some background on the founding of the FED.

20150626.Supreme Court Issues Historic Decision on Same-Sex Marriage

U.S. Students Stagnate in Social Studies” 20150429 WSJ
This may be why it seems that more and more people seem uninformed.  Could this be the result of the frequent cut back in spending for education in the US?

Debunking the Myth of the Job-Stealing Immigrant” 20150324 NYT
This article highlights creditable research on this topic.

In Greenbacks We Trust” 20150227 NYT
Interesting read about Federal Reserve System

The Year in Charts” 20141230 NYT

A Republican Ruse to Make Tax Cuts Look Good” 20150102 NYT
Whether you agree or not, this article may help you understand the issues and the importance of “counter factual assumptions”.


Tax Extenders Package Is Fundamentally Flawed” 20141125 CoB&PP

Forget the 1%, It is the 0.01 who are really getting ahead in America” 20141108 TE

Economists Say We Should Tax The Rich At 90 Percent” 20141022 HP
This could start a conversation at a party.

No Smoke, No Mirrors: The Dutch Pension Plan”  20141011 NYT
Maybe we can learn something from the Dutch.

CEO “Income inequality?  Check your facts” 20140928
“Every single group thinks the pay gap is too large.”  “You shouldn’t be having these arguments until you really know…”

The Benefits of Economic Expansion Are Increasingly Going to the Richest Americans” 20140926 NYT

Fears of Renewed Instability as Fed Ends Stimulus” 20140815 NYT

Can taxing the wealthy strengthen democracy?” 20140818 WP
Thought provoking article.

The Sorry State of Corporate Taxes – What Fortune 500 Firms Pay (or Don’t Pay) in the USA And What they Pay Abroad – 2008 to 2012” 2004 Feb. CTJ
“Robert S. McIntyre, director of Citizens for Tax Justice, who compared it to catching a robber leaving the bank but letting him keep the money. “Everybody says we have the highest corporate tax in the world, but many corporations pay hardly anything.”

Estimates of Federal Tax Expenditures For Fiscal Years” 2014-2018″ August 5, 2014
Joint Committee on Taxation

A New Report Argues Inequality Is Causing Slower Growth.  Here’s Why It Matters” 20140805 WSJ
A report by an apolitical organization, Standard & Poor’s (S&P).  S&P’s Rating services goal is to provide high-quality market intelligence.

Insights” 20131014WSJ

“The Mental Strain of Making Do With Less” 20130921TNYT
A study about the complexity of diets provides insight into povery.

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