May 9, 2013
In his remarks to the Greater Baltimore Committee's annual meeting Wednesday night, T. Rowe Price Chairman Brian C. Rogers noted a contradiction in how the world sees Maryland as a place to do business. On the one hand, it is universally recognized for its top-ranked school systems and universities, skilled workforce, research activity, potential for innovation, and great quality of life. On the other, it frequently winds up toward the bottom of rankings of business competitiveness — most recently, by CEO Magazine — largely because of our tax system and regulatory environment.
November 5, 2012
What if Congress was bought and sold by corporate interests? What if tax loopholes and regulatory exemptions were bought and sold in the halls of Congress? What if both major political parties have become ineffective at addressing the issues of the day? What if the Constitution was actually designed to restrict government but we continue to elect people to Congress and the presidency who ignore it? What if our use of drones kill more civilians than terrorists and create more enemies for America?
August 31, 2012
I would like to respond to "No amount of spin can explain Obama's abundant failures" (letter, Aug. 2). The letter states that the country is not better off than it was four years ago. Now, I know telling people that things are really, really bad and that it's all President Obama's fault is Fox News 101 mantra, but if you examine the facts, things are gradually getting better. If we can step into the "way-back" machine and return to the Fall of 2008, the economy was hemorrhaging jobs, financial institutions were reeling with bad debt, foreclosures were running in the millions.
May 11, 2012
Your recent editorial on the elections in Europe states that you believe Americans are now ready to embrace tax increases rather than voting for "conservatives and further cuts to government spending" due to the "widening gulf between the haves and have-nots, the 1 percent and the 99 percent" ("Rejecting austerity," May 9). Such misguided statements make for superb political rant, playing on President Barack Obama's continued class warfare rhetoric which he hopes will blunt criticism of his abysmal economic record.
March 24, 2012
I heard from a self-described Maryland millionaire. His name was Les. He was kind of cranky. He put the hate on me for Tuesday's column about state Sen. Bobby Zirkin (Democrat and defender of millionaires), and Les condemned the Maryland Senate for raising the tax rate on households, like his, with annual incomes of $500,000 or more. "If it's wrong to balance the budget on the backs of the poor," Les said, "then it's wrong to balance the budget on the backs of the rich. " I guess that means Les dislikes our progressive income tax system, where the taxable rate rises along with taxable income.
February 15, 2012
Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson says a survey by her office last year found that 55 percent of taxpayers don't think they have any rights when dealing with the IRS. Only 9 percent knew correctly that they did. Olson says on her blog that Congress passed three pieces of legislation since 2007 giving taxpayers greater protections. She writes: “As a result of legislation, we have taxpayer rights, but no one knows what they are. And if taxpayers don't know what their rights are, how can they claim them?