CAUGHT ON TAPE: Paul Krugman – “death panels and sales taxes is how we do this”

A comic once commented on a late night talk show that the overwhelming grief caused by the passing of his parents was not all that surprising. What was surprising was the realization that he was now in the proverbial green room waiting to go on next. For those of you 55 years of age or […]

California: a warning, not a solution

When the Founders were devising the construct of our nation, they often referred to the states as “laboratories of democracy.” What they meant by this was states were free to test new ideas on their own populations. With 50 (at the time 13) states all experimenting simultaneously, good and bad ideas would hopefully become evident […]

77% of you will see an INCREASE in taxes

When you hear President Barack Obama and others tell you that taxes are not increasing on the middle class, that is simply a flat out lie. From Bloomberg.com: The budget deal passed by the U.S. Senate today would raise taxes on 77.1 percent of U.S. households, mostly because of the expiration of a payroll tax […]

The blind squirrels in Congress found a nut: permanent tax rates

Whether you like them or not, temporary tax rates have been corrosive to economic growth. They were temporary measures to finance outsized government spending. I’m not going to argue for or against such government spending — at least not yet — but taxes are the way in which we finance the US government. I think […]

Our 2012 Top Stories and Year In Review

This past year has been huge for The Brenner Brief. Let us take you through the progress made over the last few months. Through September, this was primarily Sara Marie Brenner‘s personal blog with 5-10 posts each month and just a few hundred monthly visitors. In October we only had 30 posts, but we hit […]

The Paris of the West and the Vast Wasteland That Remains

Michigan has been in the headlines recently with right-to work legislation and an omnibus abortion bill. What didn’t cause much stir is Michigan’s 2011 eighth grade education report card. The state as a whole is able to claim to be on par with the nation in reading, with 32 percent of eighth graders rating as “proficient” […]

Reagan, Kennedy and the Laffer Curve

Last week, House Speaker John Boehner stated that President Barack Obama’s newest tax proposal of $1.4 trillion in tax increases cannot pass the House and Senate. So far, neither side has come to an agreement in spite of several phone calls and meetings between Boehner and Obama. Boehner has come under intense criticism, first for […]