| Dec. 1, 2014, 6:34 p.m.
Imagine for a moment that Congress has decided Lois Lerner needs help. You see, since losing her job, Lerner has had trouble competing in a market with stronger, more competent alternatives.
| Nov. 30, 2014, 1:17 p.m.
With the election victory by the Republicans, Congress at last seems ready to tackle two issues on which the partiesí differences are narrow: trade and intellectual property.
| Nov. 20, 2014, 1:56 p.m.
The recent APEC Summit in Beijing was an impressive photo opportunity for President Barack Obama and a cast of Asia-Pacific leaders. But the midterms are of more importance to the forumís original mandate of Asia-Pacific economic cooperation.
| Nov. 7, 2014, 8:14 p.m.
The 2014 midterm elections were a rejection of the policies of President Barack Obama. And the Republican takeover of the Senate is a repudiation of the gridlock in Congress symbolized by the bare-knuckles tactics of outgoing Majority Leader Harry Reid.
| Nov. 3, 2014, 7:44 p.m.
The very important Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations deserve the full attention and active involvement of Congress. Trade agreements address a broad range of policy areas and have the potential to result in significant economic opportunities for U.S. businesses, so members of Congress must play a critically important role in the development and oversight of trade agreements. However, a regional free-trade agreement without Taiwan would be unthinkable, which would render the regional integration incomplete and ineffective to the disadvantage of American interest.
| Nov. 3, 2014, 6:06 p.m.
The United States is once again at war. As of Aug. 8, our military has been mounting drone and warplane attacks on the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIL or ISIS. Support has been strong and bipartisan, but there is growing concern because the White House has not said how much this effort will cost, nor how it will be paid for. Surprisingly, tax reform could well provide the means to fund it.
| Oct. 30, 2014, 6:17 p.m.
As a general rule, the less you hear about a particular political strategy, the more you should worry about it. So itís telling that an effort by the Senate to impose a radical new Internet sales tax regime during this yearís lame-duck session is being planned in secluded Capitol hallways, far from public scrutiny.
| Oct. 30, 2014, 4:27 p.m.
As Election Day nears, polls consistently show that Americans are waking up to the realities of the past six years of President Barack Obamaís failed leadership.
| Oct. 22, 2014, 5:51 p.m.
Recently there has been discussion over whether the United States should enter into a free trade agreement with the European Union known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. There are several major issues with TTIP that make it not in the interest of the United States to enter into the agreement.
| Oct. 21, 2014, 6:13 p.m.
Most everyone in Washington is fixated on Election Day: November 4. But another date just around that corner also looms large for taxpayers and the Internet: December 11. On that day, the federal ban on Internet access taxes is scheduled to expire. If itís not extended, states and localities across the country could immediately begin assessing taxes that would make it more expensive for Americans to check their email, read blogs, or watch online videos.
| Oct. 17, 2014, 4:28 p.m.
Try, for a moment, to imagine the world today without the United States oil boom. If the picture seems dire, youíll know youíre on the right track.
| Oct. 15, 2014, 3 p.m.
Recent announcements of planned mergers of U.S. companies with non-U.S. companies in Europe and other offshore locations with more favorable tax regimes has prompted frustration within Congress, as well as within the Obama administration. Such transactions, called inversions, have raised concerns over the erosion of the U.S. tax base and what President Barack Obama called a lack of ďeconomic patriotismĒ on the part of U.S. companies that make use of these transactions to lower their tax bills.
| Oct. 9, 2014, 3:30 p.m.
As business owners in Washington, D.C., we believe in something that most brick-and-mortar retailers do ó free and fair market competition. Thatís why we ask that e-fairness legislation be passed without further delay. Unfortunately, online-only sellers continue to enjoy an unfair, government-sanctioned advantage over local community shops through a loophole that allows them to avoid collecting and remitting sales tax. This tax disparity puts our local businesses at a significant economic disadvantage and stifles the overall economy.
| Sept. 29, 2014, 5:25 p.m.
Many continue to call for Congress to pass legislation empowering States to require remote sellers to collect sales tax on their behalf. They say such legislation is necessary to provide fairness between brick and mortar retailers and online sellers. Let me be clear: Overstock.com supports a fair federal solution to prevent a patchwork of legal standards, not to mention computer systems, from making online retailing a virtual nightmare. Unfortunately, the Marketplace Fairness Act is not that solution.
| Sept. 17, 2014, 6:18 p.m.
Heading into the midterm elections, both parties are hammering home their economic messages against a backdrop of stagnating wages and surging corporate profits.
| Sept. 17, 2014, 4:35 p.m.
Standard & Poorís says income inequality is becoming a problem for state governments.
| Sept. 15, 2014, 4:05 p.m.
Fighting the last war over again is a bad strategy for future military planning. Using science of the past in crafting technology policies for the future is just as foolish. Yet thatís whatís happening in the debate over refilling the Highway Trust Fundís depleted financial tank.
| Sept. 9, 2014, 6:16 p.m.
While Asian markets for liquefied natural gas are expected to grow, with increased shipments to Southeast Asia and India, future demand in China is highly variable, according to market analysts.
| Sept. 9, 2014, 6:15 p.m.
Some members of Congress continue to push for increased exports of liquefied natural gas, trying to make a simplified narrative out of complex market factors.
| Aug. 27, 2014, 4:22 p.m.
When Michigan Repulican Rep. Dave Campís comprehensive tax reform plan died earlier this year, so too did the hope that Congress would tackle Americaís economic competitiveness problem anytime soon.