David Cay Johnston

Obama’s hamburger problem

By David Cay Johnston
March 8, 2012

If President Barack Obama can persuade 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 President 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.

Honey, they shrunk the IRS

By David Cay Johnston
January 17, 2012

Congress will spend a trillion dollars more than it levies this year, so how do Washington’s politicians respond to the 11th consecutive year of federal budgets in red ink? They plan to shrink the IRS.

Time to junk income taxes?

By David Cay Johnston
January 6, 2012

This is America’s 100th year for individual income tax, a system as out of touch with our era as digital music is with the hand-cranked Victrola music players of 1912. It is also the 26th year of the Reagan-era reform for both personal and corporate tax, a grand design now buried under special-interest favors.

The corporations that occupy Congress

By David Cay Johnston
December 20, 2011

By David Cay Johnston

The views expressed are his own.

Some of the biggest companies in the United States have been firing workers and in some cases lobbying for rules that depress wages at the very time that jobs are needed, pay is low, and the federal budget suffers from a lack of revenue.

Keeping people in poverty by trying to bring them out of it

By David Cay Johnston
December 9, 2011

By David Cay Johnston

The views expressed are his own.

In nearly all 34 countries with modern economies, inequality is rising, a new study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development shows. The gap is especially pronounced in the United States where the country’s largest program to alleviate poverty may be adding to the problem, not alleviating it.

Republicans paint themselves into a tax-cut corner

By David Cay Johnston
December 6, 2011

By David Cay Johnston

The opinions expressed are his own.


Slyly encouraged by President Barack Obama, Republicans have painted themselves into a tax corner.