David Cay Johnston

Politicians keep placing bets

By David Cay Johnston
March 30, 2012

Politicians in both parties are betting that allowing more gambling will make them winners at the polls by raising revenue without appearing to raise taxes.

Phone service for all, no matter what kind

By David Cay Johnston
March 28, 2012

The guarantee of landline telephone service at almost any address, a legal right many Americans may not even know they have, is quietly being legislated away in our U.S. state capitals.

The richest get richer

By David Cay Johnston
March 15, 2012

The aftermaths of the Great Recession and the Great Depression produced sharply different changes in U.S. incomes that tell us a lot about tax and economic policy.

Obama’s hamburger problem

By David Cay Johnston
March 8, 2012

If PresidentĀ Barack Obama can persuadeĀ Congress to reduce the corporate income tax rate to 28 percent from 35 percent, he will move tax rates closer to what other modern countries charge.

Congress’ potential faulty tax logic

By David Cay Johnston
March 2, 2012

With PresidentĀ Barack Obama and leaders in both parties favoring lower corporate tax rates, Washington seems poised to enact change next year. They need only resolve details like how much the rates should be cut, which tax avoidance strategies should be barred and whether to give manufactures a discounted rate.