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Andrew T. Walker » Q&A with Brad Wilcox on Treating All Families Fairly

During the President’s State of the Union address this week, he proposed a plan for restructuring the tax code to help middle class families. While …

6 Takeaways From My Chat With House Edu-Chair John Kline

Yesterday, John Kline, chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, spoke at AEI. Here are six takeaways.

Education

Obama's War on Homemakers

Democrats have a knack for stumbling into trouble with mothers who aren't in the paid labor force.<p>In the late 1990s, Senator Chris Dodd said that …

The fight for the middle class

When you strip away all the layers of cockiness, preachiness and delusion in President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address, you find more cockiness, preachiness and delusion underneath.<p>This was most obvious in the brief and buried foreign policy section. Obama declared that “the shadow of …

Income Inequality

What does Obama have against stay-at-home parents?

So for all of President Obama’s public concern about middle-class families, that concern apparently has limits. And on the other side of that …

Instead of fixing the tax system, Obama returns to campaign mode

President Obama proposed a number of changes to the tax code in his State of the Union address. Some of them, if enacted, would represent improvements to the status quo. But taken as a whole the president’s tax proposal is quite bad. And it suggests that the president isn’t interested in compromise …

Economics

Obama’s Middle-Class Blind Spot

His proposed tax credits reward two-earner families. Tough luck for the millions with a stay-at-home parent.<p>Guess which kind of family was left out in the cold by President Obama as he unveiled his plan to help middle-class families in his State of the Union address? The traditional two-parent …

Middle-class

Conservatives Disagree With Obama's Social Spending Proposals

Steve Inskeep talks with David Frum, senior editor at <i>The Atlantic</i>, about what, if anything, Republicans can work with in President Obama's State of the Union address.<p>Transcript<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:<p>And here's one short analysis of Obama's State of the Union speech; he gave Congress a list of ideas …

U.S. Politics

The President’s Post-Obama Agenda

Bashar al-Assad’s gas attack on the anniversary of President Trump’s missile strike against his regime was an invitation to get hit again, and the …

Silicon Valley

Obama's diagnosis of America's economic problem is right. His cure is all wrong.

President Obama finally found a tax cut Republicans don't like.<p>In his State of the Union speech last night, Obama formally, if obliquely outlined his …

How Tuition Tax Credits Fuel the Higher-Ed Industrial Complex

Bashar al-Assad’s gas attack on the anniversary of President Trump’s missile strike against his regime was an invitation to get hit again, and the …

Mark Zuckerberg

Obama can’t wish away terrorism

President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address is remembered today mainly for this bit of rhetorical irony: “America must move off a permanent war footing.”<p>It was the triumph of speechwriting over experience. Obama’s pledge came about three weeks after the fall of Fallujah to the Islamic State. …

U.S. Politics

Republicans Should Focus on 2017

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.<p>If you believe that you may have received this message in …

Are American schools designed to succeed?

The average life span of a Fortune 500 company, from birth to death, is about fifty years.<p>No institution lasts forever. When the world changes, they …

Needed: A Republican Agenda for the Middle Class

Conservatives & Republicans<p>PETER WEHNER / Jan. 20, 2015<p>A<p>According to White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer, “middle-class economics” will be the …

The Cost of Amnesty

President Obama touts the economic benefits of immigration, but the rising price of the Earned Income Tax Credit and Additional Child Tax Credit alone could be dizzying.<p>In a statement announcing his executive amnesty, President Obama reassured doubters that formerly illegal aliens would not qualify …

Did Inequality Rob Middle-Class Households Of $18,000?

<i>Part 1 in the series, “Inequality and the Middle Class.” Also available: Part 2.</i><p>Last week, the Economic Policy Institute released a report on trends in wages, earnings, and incomes called, “Wage Stagnation in Nine Charts.” The report, by EPI president Larry Mishel, Elise Gould, and Josh Bivens is a …

Economics

Reform Conservatism and a Smarter Supply Side Tax Agenda

Unless you pay very close attention to conversations within the conservative movement on tax policy, you might have missed the mini-civil war which has been waged for the past year or so.<p>On one side are the classic supply side warriors. For them, tax policy begins and ends with lowering marginal …

Paul Ryan not running: Can the GOP now escape his ideas about tax cuts for the rich?

Paul Ryan’s decision not to run for president comes as a blow. In a statement released on Monday, the Wisconsin congressman and 2012 Republican vice …

Income Inequality

Tax Reform: Still Not Happening

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Nice Non-Work If You Can Get It

In This Issue<p>Articles<p>In the Book of Exodus, God takes the form of a burning bush to reveal himself to Moses. Today’s GOP establishment seems to be …

Ronald Reagan

Washington Discovers the Middle Class

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.<p>If you believe that you may have received this message in …

Will This Time Be Different?

The Charlie Hebdo attack could finally change Europe's approach to Islamic radicalism at home.<p>The <i>Charlie Hebdo</i> atrocity has ended in more terror and more blood.<p>Even before the killers and hostage-takers met their end, voices were raised to warn against the danger of an anti-Muslim “backlash.” …

North Africa

Are High Community College Tuitions the Problem?

Bashar al-Assad’s gas attack on the anniversary of President Trump’s missile strike against his regime was an invitation to get hit again, and the …

Silicon Valley

Today’s Jobs Report

Bashar al-Assad’s gas attack on the anniversary of President Trump’s missile strike against his regime was an invitation to get hit again, and the …

Mark Zuckerberg