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Labor Day is About Work

Today is Labor Day, a holiday that was born in the tumult, social upheaval, and violence of the industrial revolution in the late 1800s. It was a time of boom-bust business cycles that left employees largely […]


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What Trump’s Success Says About America

If we believe in the American Dream for ourselves, we absolutely must believe in it for others. For many, many weeks (ok, months), I’ve wanted to write about how bad Donald Trump is for America […]


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Divided We Fall

My wife, Pauline, and I eat breakfast together most mornings and the Today Show is usually on in the background – and it comes to the foreground when it is not about some celebrity doing […]


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Reform Interruptist

  The front pages of our newspapers are currently dominated by important events like the stock market, the threat from ISIS, and the most recent set of natural disasters. The attention-grabbing nature of the urgent […]


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The Charity Tax

In A Taxing Point of View, I argued for a broad array of tax reforms designed to simplify the tax structure, increase transparency, and create a better framework for the government’s business model. I closed […]


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A Taxing Point of View

As the US economy has slowly improved over the past two years, the tension and hype around federal budget deficits and debt limits has receded some.  Congress is easily distracted from the important to the […]


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Rebuilding the Jobs Engine

In last week’s Suggestion Bach’s post, I argued that increasing income inequality is largely a function of jobs, or more precisely, the lack of them.  Certainly, there are other contributing factors, including a misaligned tax […]


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The $15/Hour Illusion

Having lived in the Seattle metropolitan area for almost 25 years, at some point, you’d think I’d get acclimated to its unique approach to civic issues.  Not so much.  Just about every year something new […]


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New Rules for a New Cold War

As part of my role on the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) board of directors, Pauline and I recently attended the Sochi Olympics. For all of the concerns and issues leading up to the games, our […]