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Legislating Baptism
Last month, I wrote a column where I was reposting a letter I sent to the President. If that is Hit and Run, I am sorry. Usually no one responds to my entries, so I don't generally go back to them.
Michael Bindner 12/05/2012 6 - - -
Open Letter to the President from the Catholic Left
President Obama, Congratulations on getting a second term to live among us in DC. As a fellow person of faith, might I take the liberty of suggesting a few progressive agenda items for your second ...
Michael Bindner 11/08/2012 50 - - -
Election post-mortem for the Catholic bishops - an open letter
Your Eminences and Excellencies: I write today about yesterday's election where, given some of the statements coming from your body due to their reading of Faithful Citizenship, you did not do well ...
Michael Bindner 11/07/2012 5 10 - -
Reaction to Michael Harrington's Socialism: Past and Future, 25th Anniversary Edition
In Michael Harrington's last labor of love to the Democratic Socialist movement he helped found (he was the founder of the District of Columbia's chapter of Democratic Socialists of America), he ...
Michael Bindner 11/05/2012 3 4 1 -
The Bishop's letter from the pulpit and in the bulletin on faithful citizenship
Last weekend, our bulletins included a letter on faithfully voting. Today, only the highlights were mentioned in a letter which was read from the pulpit. I am not sure if the Bishop or the Pastor ...
Michael Bindner 11/04/2012 13 16 - -
Are Republicans as Corrupt as we think they are?
This Series was originally posted January 26, 2005 after the inauguration of George W. Bush. It seems as applicable now, so I am reposting here and republishing it in my DC Catholic Progressive ...
Michael Bindner 11/01/2012 6 - - -
Today's readings and the Catholic bishops
Today, we have readings from Numbers, the Epistle of James and the Gospel of Matthew. They are extremely interesting, given the events of the day. In Numbers, we hear the story of the 72 elders ...
Michael Bindner 09/30/2012 8 10 - 82
Tax Reform and the Tax Treatment of Capital Gains
Comments for the Record U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means U.S. Senate Committee on Finance Joint Hearing on Tax Reform and the Tax Treatment of Capital Gains Thursday, ...
Michael Bindner 09/29/2012 4 4 - 59
Securing the Future of the Social Security Disability Insurance Program
Comments for the Record House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Social Security Hearing on Securing the Future of the Social Security Disability Insurance Program Friday, September 14, 2012, 9:
Michael Bindner 09/27/2012 17 1 - 76
Forty days for life
According to my Church Bulletin from St. Mary's of three Sunday's passed (I have been hospitalized ), today marks the beginning of forty days for life in the local Arlington and District Catholic ...
Michael Bindner 09/26/2012 5 5 - 66
Healing in Indian Country: Ensuring Access to Quality Health Care
Comments for the Record Senate Finance Committee Healing in Indian Country: Ensuring Access to Quality Health Care Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 11:00 AM MDT By Michael G. Bindner Center for Fiscal ...
Michael Bindner 08/08/2012 1 - - 13
Tax Reform: Examining the Taxation of Business Entities
Comments for the Record Senate Finance Committee Tax Reform: Examining the Taxation of Business Entities Wednesday, August 1, 2012, 10:30 AM By Michael G. Bindner Center for Fiscal Equity Chairman ...
Michael Bindner 08/01/2012 2 - - 19
Judge dismisses Belmont Abbey lawsuit - proves Fortnight for Freedom is a farce
The Catholic News Service reports that the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia has dismissed a lawsuit brought against the Department of Health and Human Services to stop the draft ...
Michael Bindner 07/31/2012 12 13 - 141
Hearing on Public Charity Organizational Issues, Unrelated Business Income Tax, and the Revised Form
Comments for the Record House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Oversight Hearing on Public Charity Organizational Issues, Unrelated Business Income Tax, and the Revised Form 990 July 25, ...
Michael Bindner 07/28/2012 3 - - 28
Education Incentives and Tax Reform
Comments for the Record United States Senate Committee on Finance Education Incentives and Tax Reform Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 10:00 AM 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building By Michael Bindner Center ...
Michael Bindner 07/27/2012 2 - - 15
Hearing on Physician Organization Efforts to Promote High Quality Care and Implications for Medicare
Comments for the Record U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health Hearing on Physician Organization Efforts to Promote High Quality Care and Implications for ...
Michael Bindner 07/26/2012 2 - - 21
Tax Reform and the U.S. Manufacturing Sector
Comments for the Record United States House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Tax Reform and the U.S. Manufacturing Sector Thursday, July 19, 2012, 9:30 AM 1100 Longworth House Office ...
Michael Bindner 07/19/2012 2 1 - 15
Tax Reform and Young People
Comments for the Record United States Senate Committee on Finance Boosting Opportunities and Growth through Tax Reform: Helping More Young People Achieve the American Dream Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 2:
Michael Bindner 07/13/2012 1 1 1 19
Tax Ramifications of the Supreme Court’s Ruling on the Democrats’ Health Care Law
Comments for the Record United States House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Hearing on the Tax Ramifications of the Supreme Court’s Ruling on the Democrats’ Health Care Law Tuesday,
Michael Bindner 07/12/2012 5 4 - 66
Hearing on How Welfare and Tax Benefits Can Discourage Work
Comments for the Record U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures Hearing on How Welfare and Tax Benefits ...
Michael Bindner 07/11/2012 12 4 - 78
Open Letter to the President on Taxes
Mr. President: It is with great interest that I see you have, yet again, called for extending middle class tax cuts while allowing tax cuts on the top 2% to expire. Frankly, sir, I fail to see how ...
Michael Bindner 07/10/2012 4 1 - 52
Hearing on MPAC’s June Report to Congress
Comments for the Record U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health Hearing on MPAC’s June Report to Congress June 21, 2012, 10:00 AM by Michael G. Bindner The ...
Michael Bindner 07/03/2012 1 - - 7
Medicare Physician Payments: Lessons from the Private Sector
Comments for the Record United States Senate Committee on Finance Roundtable Discussion on "Medicare Physician Payments: Lessons from the Private Sector" Thursday, June 14, 2012, 10:00 AM 215 ...
Michael Bindner 06/21/2012 2 1 - 65
Confronting the Looming Fiscal Crisis
Comments for the Record United States Senate Committee on Finance Confronting the Looming Fiscal Crisis Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 10:00 AM By Michael G. Bindner Center for Fiscal Equity Chairman ...
Michael Bindner 06/21/2012 2 1 - 39
Tax Reform: Impact on U.S. Energy Policy
Comments for the Record United States Senate Committee on Finance Tax Reform: Impact on U.S. Energy Policy June 12, 2012, 10:00 AM By Michael G. Bindner Center for Fiscal Equity Chairmen Baucus ...
Michael Bindner 06/12/2012 2 - - 8
Framework for Evaluating Certain Expiring Tax Provisions
Comments for the Record House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures Hearing on Framework for Evaluating Certain Expiring Tax Provisions Friday, June 8, 2012, 9:30 AM ...
Michael Bindner 06/08/2012 7 - - 22
Combating Poverty: Understanding New Challenges for Families
Comments for the Record United States Senate Committee on Finance Combating Poverty: Understanding New Challenges for Families Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 10:00 AM By Michael G. Bindner Center for ...
Michael Bindner 06/05/2012 5 2 - 32
Hearing on State TANF Spending and Its Impact on Work Requirements
Comments for the Record United States House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources Hearing on State TANF Spending and Its Impact on Work Requirements Thursday,
Michael Bindner 05/23/2012 2 1 - 14
The Social Security Administration: Is it Meeting its Responsibilities to Save Taxpayer Dollars...
Comments for the Record United States Senate Committee on Finance The Social Security Administration: Is it Meeting its Responsibilities to Save Taxpayer Dollars and Serve the Public? Thursday, May ...
Michael Bindner 05/22/2012 4 - - 57
Tax Reform: What It Could Mean for Tribes and Territories
Comments for the Record Senate Finance Committee Tax Reform: What It Could Mean for Tribes and Territories Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 10:00 AM By Michael G. Bindner Center for Fiscal Equity 4 ...
Michael Bindner 05/15/2012 2 - - 24
Medicare Physician Payments
Comments for the Record United States Senate Committee on Finance Roundtable Discussion on "Medicare Physician Payments: Understanding the Past so We Can Envision the Future" Thursday, May 10, 2012, ...
Michael Bindner 05/10/2012 3 1 - 41
Hearing on the Impact of Limitations on the Use of Tax-Advantaged Accounts for Purchase of OTC Meds
Comments for the Record House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight Hearing on the Impact of Limitations on the Use of Tax-Advantaged Accounts for the Purchase of Over-the-Counter ...
Michael Bindner 05/04/2012 6 - - 45
Hearing on Moving from Unemployment Checks to Paychecks: Implementing Recent Reforms
Comments for the Record House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Oversight Hearing on Moving from Unemployment Checks to Paychecks: Implementing Recent Reforms Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 10:...
Michael Bindner 05/03/2012 1 2 - 29
Hearing on the Use of Technology to Better Target Benefits and Eliminate Waste, Fraud, and Abuse
Comments for the Record House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Human Resources Hearing on the Use of Technology to Better Target Benefits and Eliminate Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Thursday, ...
Michael Bindner 05/02/2012 6 - - 30
Hearing on Certain Expiring Tax Provisions
Comments for the Record House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures Hearing on Certain Expiring Tax Provisions Thursday, April 26, 2012, 10:00 AM By Michael G. Bindner ...
Michael Bindner 04/30/2012 3 1 - 43
Hearing on Medicare Premium Support Proposals
These are my comments to last Friday's hearing. If you want to see them, you must go below the fold.
Michael Bindner 04/30/2012 1 1 - 26
Senate Finance Committee: Tax Reform: What It Means for State and Local Tax and Fiscal Policy
Our proposals have several impacts on state and local tax and fiscal policy. Those states with fixed conformity provisions regarding income taxation in law or their constitutions will be greatly ...
Michael Bindner 04/25/2012 1 - - 11
Hearing on Tax Reform and Tax-Favored Retirement Accounts
Comments for the Record U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Hearing on Tax Reform and Tax-Favored Retirement Accounts Wednesday, April 17, 2012, 10:00 AM By Michael G. Bindner ...
Michael Bindner 04/17/2012 3 1 - 25
Hearing on the Individual and Employer Mandates in the Democrats’ Health Care Law
Comments for the Record House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health Hearing on the Individual and Employer Mandates in the Democrats’ Health Care Law Thursday, March 29, 2012, 9:00 AM ...
Michael Bindner 03/29/2012 2 1 - 25
The Treatment of Closely-Held Businesses in the Context of Tax Reform
Excerpt from comments: Small businesses will pay VAT, although they may not be a VAT collector, depending upon whether business size exemptions are included in any VAT legislation. Their impact ...
Michael Bindner 03/07/2012 1 1 - 13
Two Comments - one for Each House
Today we have two comments. First, there is a Ways and Means Committee meeting on the IPAB (aka, death panels) and a hearing posted earlier which had been postponed about the impact on tax reform ...
Michael Bindner 03/06/2012 1 - - 16
The President's Trade Agenda
Comments for the Record U.S. House Ways and Means/U.S. Senate Committee on Finance Hearing on President Obama’s Trade Policy Agenda with U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and a Second Panel on ...
Michael Bindner 03/02/2012 1 2 - 25
Tax Reform to Encourage Growth, Reduce the Deficit, and Promote Fairness
Comments for the Record Senate Committee on the Budget Tax Reform to Encourage Growth, Reduce the Deficit, and Promote Fairness Thursday, March 1, 2012, 10:00 AM By Michael G. Bindner Center for ...
Michael Bindner 03/01/2012 8 - - 23
FY 2013 Defense Budget
Comments for the Record United States Senate Committee on the Budget The President’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of Defense Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 10:00 AM 215 ...
Michael Bindner 02/28/2012 3 - - 15
FY 2013 Budget for HHS/Health and Retirement Security Spending
Comments for the Record The President’s Fiscal Year 2013 for HHS/ Health and Retirement Security Spending By Michael G. Bindner Center for Fiscal Equity Chairmen Ryan, Conrad, Camp and Baucus ...
Michael Bindner 02/27/2012 1 - - 58
Comments for hearings a few weeks ago
I've been rather half days at my daughter's school, getting my car fixed and a consulting contract, so I almost let a few hearings by without comment. Luckily, I found them before the comment ...
Michael Bindner 02/21/2012 1 1 - 11
FY 2013 Budget Proposals
Comments for the Record Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Proposals By Michael G. Bindner Center for Fiscal Equity Chairmen Ryan, Conrad, Camp and Baucus and Ranking Members Van Hollen, Sessions, Levin ...
Michael Bindner 02/20/2012 1 - - 11
The State of the US Economy/The Outlook for US Monetary and Fiscal Policy
These are my remarks to the House and Senate Budget Commitees regarding Fed Chair Ben Bernanke's testimony. They are substantially the same, so I am only posting the House version, which comes first.
Michael Bindner 02/02/2012 6 3 - 26
The CBO Budget and Economic Outlook
Comments for the Record U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Budget The CBO Budget and Economic Outlook 210 Cannon House Office Building February 1, 2012, 10:00 AM By ...
Michael Bindner 02/01/2012 2 1 - 28
Hearing: Drug Shortages: Why They Happen and What They Mean
Comments for the Record United States Senate Committee on Finance Hearing: Drug Shortages: Why They Happen and What They Mean December 7, 2011, 10:00 AM 215 Dirksen Senate Office ...
Michael Bindner 12/07/2011 2 - - 36
Tax Reform and the Tax Treatment of Financial Products
Comments for the Record United States Senate Committee on Finance United States House Committee on Ways and Means Tax Reform and the Tax Treatment of Financial Products Tuesday, ...
Michael Bindner 12/06/2011 1 - - 23
Hearing on Securing the Future of the Social Security Disability Insurance Program
Comments for the Record House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Social Security Hearing on Securing the Future of the Social Security Disability Insurance Program Friday, ...
Michael Bindner 12/02/2011 3 2 - 40
The Next Big Battle
With the failure of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction comes the lack of a deal on payroll taxes and extended unemployment insurance. Meanwhile, one need not spend much time on the ...
Michael Bindner 11/28/2011 6 2 - 31
Hearing on the International Tax Reform Discussion Draft
Comments for the Record House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures Hearing on the International Tax Reform Discussion Draft November 17, 2011, 10:00AM ...
Michael Bindner 11/17/2011 1 - - 9
Improving Regulatory Performance: Lessons from the United Kingdom
Comments for the Record Senate Budget Committee Improving Regulatory Performance: Lessons from the United Kingdom 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building November 16, 2:30 PM By Michael ...
Michael Bindner 11/16/2011 1 1 - 14
Today's Hearings on the Economy and Small Business Health Care
There are two hearings today that I submitted comments to. The first, which goes live with these comments, is on the economic effects of fiscal policy in the Senate Budget Committee. My posted ...
Michael Bindner 11/15/2011 4 1 - 13
Unemployment Insurance: The Path Back to Work
Comments for the Record United States Senate Committee on Finance Unemployment Insurance: The Path Back to Work Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 10:00 AM 215 Dirksen Senate Office ...
Michael Bindner 11/08/2011 1 - - 13
Tax Reform: Capital Investment and Manufacturing (How to Kill Wall Street)
Today's comments to the Senate Finance Committee tell how to use tax and social security reform to not reform Wall Street, but to kill it. Occupy Wall Street should take note and consider this ...
Michael Bindner 11/02/2011 6 1 - 50
Joint Select Committee Hearing - Overview of Previous Debt Proposals
Comments for the Record Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction Hearing - Overview of Previous Debt Proposals Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 1:30 PM 1100 Longworth House Office ...
Michael Bindner 11/01/2011 1 - - 6
Supplemental Security Income Benefits for Children
Comments for the Record House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Human Resources Hearing on Supplemental Security Income Benefits for Children Thursday, October 27, 2011, 9:...
Michael Bindner 10/27/2011 5 2 - 49
Hearing - Overview: Discretionary Outlays, Security and Non-Security
Comments for the Record United States Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction Hearing - Overview: Discretionary Outlays, Security and Non-Security Wednesday, October 26, 2011 ...
Michael Bindner 10/26/2011 1 - - 5
The U.S.-China Economic Relationship and Tax Reform
Comments for the Record House Ways and Means Committee Hearing on the U.S.-China Economic Relationship October 25, 2011, 10:00AM 1100 Longworth House Office Building By Michael G. ...
Michael Bindner 10/25/2011 6 2 - 25
Stop Corporate Repatriation Giveaways!
This is the letter I sent today to Congressional revenue and budget committees on Senator Schumer's attempt to do a corporate income tax holiday so that multi-nationals can repartriate their profits.
Michael Bindner 10/13/2011 1 - - 9
After the Occupation - Crossover Voting
I have a novel idea for what to do with the energy of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Before the monitors ban me for suggesting this, I am not suggesting voting Republican or Green in the general ...
Michael Bindner 10/09/2011 13 - - 53
Tax Reform Options: Incentives for Homeownership
Comments for the Record United States Senate Committee on Finance Tax Reform Options: Incentives for Homeownership Thursday, October 6, 2011, 10:00 AM 215 Dirksen Senate Office ...
Michael Bindner 10/06/2011 1 - - 13
Today's Musings from the Christian Left
Five thigs are going on that merit attention. First, Rick Perry got caught showing he has not always wanted to be president or else he never would have let his father lease a certain hunting ...
Michael Bindner 10/04/2011 3 2 - 43
Energy Taxes and Tax Reform
There are two hearings today. The first is at Ways and Means about Energy Taxes. My comments tell the energy subcommittee exactly what he does not want to hear. This hearing is at 9:30. The ...
Michael Bindner 09/22/2011 2 - 1 50
Busy Day on the Hill
Today, I have submitted comments for 4 separate hearings before 3 committees. One of them is a fairly important economic study on deficits and their relationship to growth that relies a lot on ...
Michael Bindner 09/21/2011 1 1 - 22
Tax Reform Options for Innovation/Job Growth in the U.S.
With the coming of fall has brought with it a harvest of hearings. There are multiple hearings which I have commented to which I will repost here. The Senate Finance Committee is doing a hearing ...
Michael Bindner 09/20/2011 1 - - 8
Yet two more tax reform comments
One comment is to Senate Budget related to the economy - which I immediate bring back to housing finance issues. The other is to Senate Finance on (you guessed it) Tax Reform - this time on ...
Michael Bindner 09/15/2011 1 - - 15
Tax Reform Options: Marginal Rates on High-Income Taxpayers, Capital Gains and Dividends
Comments for the Record United States Senate Committee on Finance Tax Reform Options: Marginal Rates on High-Income Taxpayers, Capital Gains and Dividends By Michael Bindner Center ...
Michael Bindner 09/14/2011 1 2 - 28
Two more sets of comments for the record
Both of these are on the interplay between tax reform and deficit reduction.
Michael Bindner 09/13/2011 1 - - 80
Health Industry Consolidation
Comments for the Record House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health Hearing: Health Industry Consolidation September 9, 2011, 9:30 AM by Michael G. Bindner The Center for Fiscal ...
Michael Bindner 09/09/2011 12 - - 20
Two Comments for the Record
One on the international implications of tax reform and the other on TANF Reform, went live on my website today. I am crossposting both for your information and comments.
Michael Bindner 09/08/2011 1 1 - 41
What I wrote to Obama today on Medicare
This is to urge you to reject chained CPI as exactly the wrong approach for dealing with Medicare. Medicare's problems are inadequate funding for Part B and Part D. The way to reverse this ...
Michael Bindner 08/08/2011 3 - - 41
My letter to Obama today on Chained CPI
This is to urge you to reject chained CPI as exactly the wrong approach for dealing with Medicare. Medicare's problems are inadequate funding for Part B and Part D. The way to reverse this ...
Michael Bindner 08/08/2011 1 2 - 25
The Tea Party got Punk'd
Progressive bloggers have been tearing up the blogosphere decrying the compromise that is in the process of being passed. If people are serious, they are misinformed. If not, they are simply role ...
Michael Bindner 08/01/2011 19 8 1 282
Hearing on CEO Perspectives Regarding How the Tax Code Affects Hiring and Business Growth
Comments for the Record Senate Committee on Finance Hearing on CEO Perspectives Regarding How the Tax Code Affects Hiring and Business Growth July 27, 2011 By Michael G. Bindner Center for ...
Michael Bindner 08/01/2011 1 3 - 32
Hearing on New IRS Paid Tax Return Preparer Program
Comments for the Record House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Oversight Hearing on New IRS Paid Tax Return Preparer Program Thursday, July 28, 2011, 9:30 AM By Michael G. Bindner Center ...
Michael Bindner 07/28/2011 2 - - 56
Hearing on Tax Reform and Consumption-Based Tax Systems
Comments for the Record House Committee on Ways and Means Hearing on Tax Reform and Consumption-Based Tax Systems Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 10:00 AM by Michael G. Bindner The Center for Fiscal ...
Michael Bindner 07/26/2011 5 1 - 22
What must be cut (and what can't be) if there is no budget deal
Jim DeMint says that with no deal, we must prioritize spending. I agree, although I don't think he would like my priorities. Here is the list - feel free to suggest your own: (note that there are ...
Michael Bindner 07/05/2011 3 1 - 49
Today's Fiscal Summitt
If they had invited me, I would have given them a different take, rather than more of the usual solutions by the usual suspects. As it is, I am limited to commenting on the coverage of others on ...
Michael Bindner 05/25/2011 2 - - 9
Comments to the Ways and Means Committee on How Other Countries Have Used Tax Reform...
I will leave it to others to describe how other companies compete and confine my remarks to how the United States should restructure its tax system with an eye to both competitiveness and how other ...
Michael Bindner 05/24/2011 4 1 - 16
Solving the Problem of Medicare Parts B and D
Bruce Bartlett wrote in the New York Times on May 17 on the nature of the Medicare financial problem and how to fix it. The information he imparted is invaluable, however I disagree with his solution,
Michael Bindner 05/22/2011 7 1 1 69
Comments for the Record Is the Distribution of Tax Burdens and Tax Benefits Equitable?
Here is testimony for the record that I submitted for last week's hearing.
Michael Bindner 05/11/2011 7 2 - 28
Comments for the Record: Perspectives on Deficit Reduction: Social Security
Sent last night for today's ...
Michael Bindner 05/10/2011 11 - - 33
The Next Budget Fights
Since last Friday night's budget deal, much of the reporting on the budget assumes that even bigger fights lie in the future. Maybe and maybe not. The agreement reached on Friday pretty much ...
Michael Bindner 04/11/2011 1 - - 6
2012 and the Budget
The GOP budget plan shows a totally unrealistic view of GOP electoral prospects in 2012, not the least of which because it is cost prohibitive to run two Medicare Plans based on age. If even the ...
Michael Bindner 04/07/2011 1 - - 9
A Palace Coup over the Budget?
Eventually, Harry Reid and John Boehner are likely to come up with a deal, either before or after a governmental shutdown. That deal will likely be for a total cut of $33 Billion – much of which ...
Michael Bindner 04/06/2011 1 - - 20
Consumption Taxes and Housing
The treatment of consumption taxes on new homes is well known, whether the tax is a contemplated Value Added Tax (VAT) or the Fair Tax. In either case, taxes will be either included in the price ...
Michael Bindner 04/04/2011 3 - - 13
Agree to cuts or shut it down
The Senate has taken symbolic votes showing that neither the liberal position nor the Tea Party position will win the day on enacting the FY2011 budget. It was a pity the Republicans did not go ...
Michael Bindner 03/11/2011 2 - - 16
Marriage as an adult right
The Family Research Council, in its opposition to the California Attorney General's support for immediately allowing marriage equality, has stated that the family is the foundation of civilization - ...
Michael Bindner 03/02/2011 4 4 - 43
The Real Lesson of Arizona
When news first broke of the tragedy in Arizona, the caustic political climate in both the nation and that state were blamed. While there are those who are sticking with that Meme, the facts are ...
Michael Bindner 01/10/2011 7 3 - 29
The Tax Bill
Last night I watched the tax bill and today I caught up on my reading in The Fiscal Times and TaxVox by Brookings Urban. The fact that we came to this point was highlighted very clearly by the ...
Michael Bindner 12/17/2010 3 1 - 76
About the Tax Deal
Let the hand-wringing commence! While there is still the possibility that the Democratic leadership may balk at this, which would provide a useful lesson to the new majority, I suspect they will cry ...
Michael Bindner 12/07/2010 1 1 - 37
How to act on abortion
Yesterday in Salon, read "How to think about abortion" by Frances Kisserling on her reflections from the October Open Hearts, Open Minds and Fair Minded Words conference at Princeton. She covers ...
Michael Bindner 11/18/2010 25 2 1 39
The Fiscal Commision draft, prospects and comparisions
Yesterday, the co-chairs of the Fiscal Commission released draft recommendations, which were soundly panned by activists on both sides (which is not unexpected). Every ox was gored by this proposal, ...
Michael Bindner 11/10/2010 1 1 - 118
Election post mortem - life issues
Before the election, I wondered about what to do when all three congressional candidates are pro-choice. I posted the article here and on ...
Michael Bindner 11/08/2010 1 - - 39
Election post mortem at 930 pm
I have one comment about the press conference today. Obama is toying with his food, since he knows that compromising with him on anything is the one thing that the Tea Party does not want to do ...
Michael Bindner 11/03/2010 2 - - 36
Today at the voting booth/predictions
A quick report: Turnout was not heavy, but there was a line. It was heavier than the usual midterm election is a safe Democratic district. Many people who first voted in 2008 were there. More ...
Michael Bindner 11/02/2010 12 3 - 37
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