Bruce Bartlett

Posted April 11, 2006

Last week, the Tax Foundation released new polling data on Americans' attitudes toward taxation. As always, it is interesting reading.

Posted April 04, 2006

According to press reports, the first job for Josh Bolten, the new White House chief of staff, will be to find a new treasury secretary. President Bush believes that he has not gotten enough credit for the good economy and that Treasury Secretary John Snow has not done enough to make sure he gets that credit.

Posted March 29, 2006

How likely is it that the Laffer curve is causing revenues to rise, as opposed to normal operation of the business cycle? Not much, in my opinion.

Posted March 03, 2006

Now that the Dubai ports crisis has been resolved, it’s important for people to understand how it arose and why.

Posted February 28, 2006

A lot of my friends are not happy with me for writing it and I have been embraced by a number of people on the left whom I would ordinarily consider my political enemies. Both are mistaken about why I wrote the book and what I hope to accomplish with it.

Posted February 21, 2006

One of the more amusing lines in President Bush’s State of the Union Address last month was his call for yet another commission to study the problem of entitlement spending. 

Posted February 14, 2006

In this year’s budget, President Bush is requesting an additional $513,000 for the Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Analysis in order to create a new division of dynamic analysis.

Posted February 07, 2006

NAACP Chairman Julian Bond probably spoke for most blacks and liberals last week when he said the Republican Party is equivalent to the Nazi Party.

Posted January 24, 2006

One of the things that drives Republicans crazy is the media’s enormous double-standard in how it covers various scandals.

Posted January 10, 2006

One of the unstated causes of the unfolding lobbying scandal swirling around Jack Abramoff is the extensive changes to the nature of both the membership and staffing of Congress over the last 30 years and a breakdown of longstanding legislative procedures.

Posted January 04, 2006

 Indeed, ACORN has a history of denying its workers rights that it demands from corporations.

Posted December 28, 2005

If there is one thing that the left and right, Republicans and Democrats all agree about these days, it is that there is too much polarization in public discourse -- too much name-calling and not enough civil discussion of the issues.

Posted December 13, 2005

In its latest issue, Newsweek magazine has a disturbing portrait of George W. Bush as an aloof, out-of-touch president, isolated by his own governing style.

Posted December 06, 2005

A few weeks ago, the Internal Revenue Service released data on tax year 2003.

Posted November 15, 2005

Two weeks ago, the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform issued its final report. Although our federal tax system is in dire need of restructuring and simplification, the panel's approach is a non-starter.

Posted November 08, 2005

On Wednesday, two Senate committees will hold a joint hearing on energy prices and corporate profits. Executives from the leading oil companies have been summoned so that senators can publicly berate them for greed, price gouging and anything else they can think of that might provide a good television soundbite.

Posted November 01, 2005

President Bush's appointment of economist Ben Bernanke to be chairman of the Federal Reserve Board is a wise decision.

Posted October 25, 2005

Next week, the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform will issue its report.

Posted October 18, 2005

The White House appears to have been truly blindsided by the vehemently negative response from conservative intellectuals to the nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.

Posted October 11, 2005

What really qualifies Ms. Tritch to lecture the rest of us about tax policy is an absolute conviction that our tax system is tilted too much toward the rich.