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Taxes: ‘The Price We Pay for a Civilized Society’

October 9, 2018

“Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society.”  This oft-repeated quotation is carved over the entrance of the national headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C.  It is attributed, correctly, to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. When Justice Holmes penned those words, it is likely he wasn’t intending to […]

Income Inequality: Can the Tax Code Address It?

June 20, 2016

How to help the less fortunate is a question never far from the minds of most people. In election years, people running for public office tout their proposed solutions. Solutions attempted in past years – like LBJ’s “War on Poverty” – have focused on helping the needy. Policy prescriptions coming from this year’s Democrat candidates […]

The Federal Tax Code – Irreparably Broken?

August 31, 2013

Casting aside the checks and balances our Founding Fathers so brilliantly embedded in the U.S. Constitution, the current Administration has time and again kept its promise to go its own way without regard to the will of the people as expressed by Congress or the rule of law as interpreted by the courts. The boldness […]