Activist Conservative on the Bench

Update 482 – ACB Stands For…Activist Conservative on the Bench Observers of this week’s hearings in Senate Judiciary on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett could not have missed the raging tax law question confronting the Court. Economic policy hides on the Court’s docket but that’s the ACA’s constitutionality on the line …

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Consequences of Failure

Update 481 • Consequences of Failure:The Prospect of Months without Relief  The CARES Act, passed in March, was a short-term antidote to head off the worst of the economic impact from COVID. Many of the programs were designed to sunset this calendar year, with the expectation that Congress would provide additional relief to follow as …

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Veepstakes Low Sizzle

Update 480 — Veepstakes Low SizzleHighlights Economic Policy Contrasts Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence took the stage Wednesday night in Salt Lake. The first and only vice presidential debate was a welcome return to sustained discourse after the spectacle of the first presidential debate.  Pence played the Trump administration’s economic policy card …

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Fixing a Trumped-Up Code

Update 479: Fixing a Trumped-Up Code:Biden’s Fiscally Fair, Re-Balanced Budget Vice President Pence and Senator Kamala Harris face off tonight in the one and only Vice Presidential Debate of the cycle. We cover that critical encounter on Friday. Today, as prospects for a next coronavirus package waffle via twitter, we examine the tax plans (or …

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2020 Congressional Endorsements

Update 478: 2020 Cong. Endorsements On Slate of 40 Candidates, 32 Challengers Today’s round of endorsements completes the cycle for 20/20. Forty candidates for Congress, almost all of whom are progressives and in tight races, have our endorsement and maximum financial support. We hope you will consider supporting them as well.  Also receiving honorary endorsements and …

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Chaos Plays to Trump’s Hand

Update 477: Chaos Plays to Trump’s HandBut Post-Debate I, It’s Still a Losing Hand Down in the polls for months, Donald Trump needed to move the needle with a spectacular performance. And it was…spectacularly devoid of policy. The spectacle will be repeated next time if only to distract the 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions …

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Survey of the Housing Sector

Update 475 — Starts and Stops:Survey of the Housing Sector Among the economic issues exacerbated by the coronavirus and the recession, housing is among the main culprits. Below, we analyze the situation facing renters, homeowners, and homebuyers and offer solutions for the housing crisis.  We pause to reflect on the life of Justice Ruth Bader …

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Monetary Policy Reimagined

Update 474: Monetary Policy ReimaginedWhat the Fed’s Momentous Moves Mean With no recent fiscal action from Congress, all eyes have been on the Federal Reserve. Leery of criticism of TARP and other financial policy responses during the Great Recession, the Fed recently announced a series of new changes to its approach. These changes may augur …

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