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What’s Next on Democrat’s Tax Agenda?

Update 631 — Overhaul Talks Over for Now,What’s Next on Democrats’ Tax Agenda? When Congress passed and President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, numerous tax provisions were included — increased funding for the IRS, a 15 percent corporate minimum tax, a 1 percent excise tax on stock buybacks — but they did …

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A Signal, Suddenly Sick Sector

Update 630 — A Signal, Suddenly Sick SectorBut More Espousing than Acting on Housing Almost overnight, the housing market is seeing a rapid cool down with no trough in sight. The market for both sales and rentals is in a tailspin aggravated by the Fed’s tightening monetary policy. This volatility only emphasizes the instability within …

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Cart and Horse

Update 544 — Cart and Horse:SOP on Bipartisan, Budget Deals After two-weeks off, both Congressional chambers are back in session, with two-track negotiations on big-ticket infrastructure bills topping the agenda. Eleven legislative days remain in the House and 17 in the Senate before recesses are slated to start. Democratic leadership has its sights on passing both a …

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Biden Economic Policy Plan

Update 526 — Biden Economic Policy PlanOutline of a New Social Contract on Offer? In his first address before a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, President Biden proposed an ambitious and progressive domestic economic policy agenda for the months ahead. He declared trickle-down economics dead and offered what amounts to a redefinition of the …

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H.R. 1/S. 1’s Case for Primacy

Update 501 – H.R. 1/S. 1’s Case for Primacy:Democracy Distorted, Thwarted is Denied The gold standard in democracy is one person one vote and a legislature where 50 percent-plus rules. But recent outcomes in our elections have violated these principles with distorted consequences.  In the most egregious case, House Democratic candidates won more than a …

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Biden’s $1.9 Tr. Rescue Plan

Update 499 – Biden’s $1.9 Tr. Rescue Plan:Sound in Scope and Scale, but Ambitious Last night, President-Elect Joe Biden announced the details of his $1.9 trillion ‘American Rescue Plan’ — an appropriately constructed and comprehensive rescue package designed to meet the needs of the moment and launch a robust recovery. An ambitious plan, it will …

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GA Delivers Senate to Ds

Update 497 – GA Delivers Senate to Ds:The Meaning of the Majority in the 117th After the dust settles on the inchoate, dog-catches-bus occupation of the U.S. Capitol by a ragtag set of disparate malcontents turned vandals on Wednesday, a propitious moment in American political history the day before may ultimately carry far greater political …

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Third Rail Alive and Well

Update 457– Third Rail Alive and WellSo Social Security Insolvency is Soluble  For all of Donald Trump’s disruptions of economic norms, from tariffs to monetary policy, he has stayed far away from entitlement reform. George W. Bush attempted the last structural reform in 2005 when he proposed privatizing a third of Social Security. No hearings …

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Democratic Debate in Atlanta

Update 397 — Democratic Debate in Atlanta:Will Candidates Tussle over Taxes and Trade? If you can tear yourself away from the limelight of the House impeachment hearings, we can move to the sublime light of the Democratic presidential debate, 9-11 pm ET tonight in Atlanta. Sans late entries Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. Deval Patrick, …

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