May 27, 2013 |
Over the last few years, Republicans have been retreating from policy ground they once held and salting the earth after them. This has coincided with, and perhaps even been driven by, the Democratic Party pushing into policy positions it once rejected as overly conservative. The result is that the range of policies you can hold and still be a Republican is much narrower than it was in, say, 2005. That's left a lot of once-Republican wonks without an obvious political home. Health care is the most obvious example.
May 22, 2013
Regarding the May 20 op-ed by Rep. Lamar Smith, " Let's cool our rhetoric on climate change ": Apparently, Mr. Smith (R-Tex.), the chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, has little use for the conclusions of the overwhelming majority of climate scientists, at least insofar as they conflict with the short-term interests of the petroleum and coal industries. This comes as no surprise to anyone who has been frustrated by the dithering of Congress on this issue for a generation.
May 10, 2013
While I admire advocacy for untangling the country's tax code, The Post's mash-up of tax reform, tax revenue and the carbon tax is problematic [" Tax reform on the table ," editorial, May 8]. The Post rightly acknowledged that, under a carbon tax, "polluters pay for their own pollution" and emissions fall, but it forgot the intent: creating a less carbon-intense economy. Overreliance on gasoline taxes and increased automobile fuel efficiency have put a pothole in state transportation budgets.
May 7, 2013 |
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the Finance Committee, announced last month that he wants to spend the rest of his final term in office reforming the tax code , and there are signs that Republicans want an overhaul this year, too. Good. The tax code is an unruly, inefficient monstrosity that only tax attorneys could like. Congress has used it as a vehicle for interest-group giveaways and other forms of wasteful, underhanded policymaking that unwisely distort the economy.
March 30, 2013 |
CONSUMERS AREN'T paying nearly enough for their energy, and that's a massive problem for the planet. Big Middle Eastern oil exporters hold the price of gasoline within their countries well below what it should be. Ukraine does the same with natural gas. In sub-Saharan Africa, electricity prices are artificially lowered. The United States isn't the worst actor — but it, too, is far from clean. In the most thorough accounting yet of what people pay for their electricity, petroleum, natural gas and coal, the International...
March 24, 2013 |
It's often said that Democrats want to raise taxes while Republicans want to cut entitlements. That's not quite right. If they have to do something, Democrats would rather raise taxes (on rich people and oil companies) while Republicans would rather cut entitlements (for some distantly future retirees). But Democrats have wealthy donors. Republicans have elderly constituents. Left to their own devices, both parties would neither raise taxes nor cut entitlements. They would come together, in other words,...