There's a minor debate always ongoing about how we ought to tax income from capital gains, which is at present taxed separately from ordinary income, at preferential rates. There have been many proposals, such as eliminating the preferential rates or taxing gains on a mark-to-market basis, which is tricky since share prices tend to fluctuate … Continue reading Retrospectively Calculated Capital Gains Tax
When I last wrote about Medicare For All, I had some critical things to say about its feasibility and affordability. I wrote that in order to finance the system the government would need to greatly raise taxes on middle income, such as through regressive payroll taxes. Here I will demonstrate what I consider to be … Continue reading The Least Unforgiving M4A Fiscal Scenario
In early January 2003, a interesting bill was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee: H.R.269 Simplified USA Tax Act of 2003. This bill, sponsored by then-Representative of Pennsylvania Phil English, would, among other things, replace the federal income, estate, and gift taxes with a "progressive consumption tax." In the other words, a tax … Continue reading Discussing the Progressive Consumption Tax
I'm going to get straight to the point. How much would it cost for the state of California to fund a "Medicare-for-All" single-payer healthcare system? Well, the short answer is that in 2019 it would've cost approximately $240 billion, or about 7.5% of gross state product. But Please don't close out just yet! You should … Continue reading How Much Would It Cost for California To Adopt a Single-Payer Health Care System?
Si vis pacem, para bellum—if you want peace, prepare for war. In the midst of a new cold war, these ancient words ring as true as ever. Despite the fall of the Soviet Union and the subsequent embrace of democracy throughout many parts of the world, totalitarianism persists to this day, and is stronger than … Continue reading Reactivating the Truman Doctrine