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Showdown At Gucci Gulch

Author : Alan Murray
ISBN : 9780307761743
Genre : Political Science
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The Tax Reform Act of 1986 was the single most sweeping change in the history of America's income tax. It was also the best political and economic story of its time. Here, in the anecdotal style of The Making of the President, two Wall Street Journal reporters provide the first complete picture of how this tax revolution went from an improbable dream to a widely hailed reality. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Category: Political Science

Showdown At Gucci Gulch

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ISBN : 0394758110
Genre : Political Science
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Traces the development of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 and describes the political forces that shaped it
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Showdown At Gucci Gulch

Author : Jeffrey H. Birnbaum
ISBN : UOM:39015047482693
Genre : Political Science
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Informed by interviews with the politicians involved, this behind-the-scenes study traces the 1986 Tax Reform Act from its status as a political non-starter to an established fact
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A Fine Mess

Author : T. R. Reid
ISBN : 9780735223967
Genre : Business & Economics
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New York Times bestelling author T. R. Reid travels around the world to solve the urgent problem of America's failing tax code, unravelling a complex topic in plain English - and telling a rollicking story along the way. The U.S. tax code is a total write-off. Crammed with loopholes and special interest provisions, it works for no one except tax lawyers, accountants, and huge corporations. Not for the first time, we have reached a breaking point. That happened in 1922, and again in 1954, and again in 1986. In other words, every thirty-two years. Which means that the next complete overhaul is due in 2018. But what should be in this new tax code? Can we make the U.S. tax system simpler, fairer, and more efficient? Yes, yes, and yes. Can we cut tax rates and still bring in more revenue? Yes. Other rich countries, from Estonia to New Zealand to the UK—advanced, high-tech, free-market democracies—have all devised tax regimes that are equitable, effective, and easy on the taxpayer. But the United States has languished. So byzantine are the current statutes that, by our government’s own estimates, Americans spend six billion hours and $10 billion every year preparing and filing their taxes. In the Netherlands that task takes a mere fifteen minutes! Successful American companies like Apple, Caterpillar, and Google effectively pay no tax at all in some instances because of loopholes that allow them to move profits offshore. Indeed, the dysfunctional tax system has become a major cause of economic inequality. In A Fine Mess, T. R. Reid crisscrosses the globe in search of the exact solutions to these urgent problems. With an uncanny knack for making a complex subject not just accessible but gripping, he investigates what makes good taxation (no, that’s not an oxymoron) and brings that knowledge home where it is needed most. Never talking down or reflexively siding with either wing of politics, T. R. Reid presses the case for sensible root-and-branch reforms with a companionable ebullience. This affects everyone. Doing our taxes will never be America's favorite pastime, but it can and should be so much easier and fairer.
Category: Business & Economics

Up In Smoke

Author : Martha A. Derthick
ISBN : 9781483304649
Genre : Political Science
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Now, with a brand new 3rd edition, the book returns to "ordinary politics" and the passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act which gave the FDA broad authority to regulate both the manufacture and marketing of tobacco products. Derthick shows our political institutions working as they should, even if slowly, with partisanship and interest group activity playing their part in putting restraints on cigarette smoking.
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Power And Constraint The Accountable Presidency After 9 11

Author : Jack Goldsmith
ISBN : 9780393083514
Genre : Political Science
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The surprising truth behind Barack Obama's decision to continue many of his predecessor's counterterrorism policies. Conventional wisdom holds that 9/11 sounded the death knell for presidential accountability. In fact, the opposite is true. The novel powers that our post-9/11 commanders in chief assumed—endless detentions, military commissions, state secrets, broad surveillance, and more—are the culmination of a two-century expansion of presidential authority. But these new powers have been met with thousands of barely visible legal and political constraints—enforced by congressional committees, government lawyers, courts, and the media—that have transformed our unprecedentedly powerful presidency into one that is also unprecedentedly accountable. These constraints are the key to understanding why Obama continued the Bush counterterrorism program, and in this light, the events of the last decade should be seen as a victory, not a failure, of American constitutional government. We have actually preserved the framers’ original idea of a balanced constitution, despite the vast increase in presidential power made necessary by this age of permanent emergency.
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Contemporary U S Tax Policy

Author : C. Eugene Steuerle
ISBN : 0877667381
Genre : Business & Economics
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"Contemporary U.S. Tax Policy is, at its heart, an exciting, if not always pretty, tale of democratic decisionmaking," writes C. Eugene Steuerle. The landmark 2004 first edition outlined the principles of taxation in the early postwar period and the tax policy battles that began with the Reagan revolution and continue today. The second edition has been expanded to investigate President George W. Bush's second term in office: the push to privatize Social Security, the stalled tax code revision, the extension of the 2001 tax cuts, and other battles. Tax policy history has always been messy, repetitive, and rancorous. Yet even in a contentious political environment, evolution--and revolution--can occur.
Category: Business & Economics

Decoding The U S Corporate Tax

Author : Daniel N. Shaviro
ISBN : 0877667578
Genre : Business & Economics
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In Decoding the U.S. Corporate Tax, respected analyst Dan Shaviro assesses the threats to America's corporate tax code and challenges conventional wisdom on the best avenues for reform. As rising globalization, capital mobility, financial innovation, and political polarization destabilize tax policy and government revenue, Shaviro maps the path to fair, revenue-generating change.
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Tales Of Tax Reform

Author : J. Roger Mentz
ISBN : 151729911X
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. Politicians of all stripes are calling for tax reform. It sounds great: lower the tax rates, get rid of all of the "special interest" provisions, make our tax law simple, fair and an engine for economic growth. Some pundits even suggest that tax reform is "low-hanging fruit" that can easily be accomplished. But is this so? How would we know whether it will be that easy and straightforward? One way of learning about what a legislative tax reform process would entail is to explore what happened in 1986, when fundamental tax reform was enacted by Congress and signed into law by President Reagan. This book investigates how this legislative success was accomplished, and what lessons can be learned for those government officials who seek to enact tax reform today. This book is written by J. Roger Mentz, the Treasury Department Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy from December 1985 through July 1987. Mr. Mentz was the point person for the Reagan Administration on tax reform, which was the number one legislative priority for President Reagan in his second Administration. These "tales" or stories describe what really happened in the tax reform legislative process and what elements would need to come together for a successful reformation of the Internal Revenue Code today. This is not a technical book. Rather, it draws on experiences of 30 years ago to provide a blueprint for tax reform in the near future. This book is a "must read" for anyone who may be engaged in the legislative process of tax reform. It is a "should read" for any political candidate or staff if that candidate intends to take a position on tax reform. It is a "great read" for anyone who would enjoy the inside story, told from the perspective of the United States Treasury Department, on how the Tax Reform Act of 1986 became law after being pronounced dead numerous times.

The One And The Many

Author : Martin E. Marty
ISBN : 0674638271
Genre : Social Science
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A world-renowned authority on religion and ethics in America, Martin Marty gives a judicious account of how our body politic has been torn between the imperative of one one nation undivided and the separate urgings of distinct identitiesracial, ethnic, religious, gendered, ideological, economicclaiming grievances. Issuing an urgent call for repair, Marty envisions steps we might take to cary America past this new turbulence.
Category: Social Science