Posts filed under “Taxes and Policy”

Time for Janet Yellen to Go On the Ellen DeGeneres Show

This week, the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll on presidential contenders for 2016 came out. It was the usual sort of thing: Favorable versus unfavorable ratings for the candidates: Democrats like Hillary; Republicans like Jeb (but not as much as Dems like Hillary); no one likes Chris Christie or Donald Trump.

But you might have missed a fascinating tidbit buried on Page 7 of the survey.

yellen chart

Before I get into the details, here’s what the poll-takers asked survey respondents:

Now I’m going to read you the names of several public figures, groups and organizations, and I’d like you to rate your feelings toward each one as very positive, somewhat positive, neutral, somewhat negative, or very negative. If you don’t know the name, please just say so.

When it came to Federal Reserve Bank Chair Janet Yellen, an astonishing 70 percent of survey responses were “I don’t know name/not sure.”

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Category: Federal Reserve, Really, really bad calls, Taxes and Policy

John Oliver on Infrastructure

America’s crumbling infrastructure: It’s not a sexy problem, but it is a scary one.

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Category: Economy, Humor, Really, really bad calls, Taxes and Policy, Video

Fed Gives Congress Room to Shirk Resposibility

One of my favorite thought experiments is the careful-what-you-wish-for scenario. I was reminded of its utility during Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen’s Congressional testimony the other day. Consider the critique of the Fed by some members of Congress. As the New York Times described it, the three-hour hearing was “testy” as “Republicans on the House Financial…Read More

Category: Bailouts, Politics, Really, really bad calls, Taxes and Policy

Does front-loading taxation increase savings?

Category: Taxes and Policy, Think Tank

John Oliver on Big Tobacco

Thanks to tobacco industry regulations and marketing restrictions in the US, smoking rates have dropped dramatically. John Oliver explains how tobacco companies are keeping their business strong overseas.

 

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Tobacco

 

 

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Category: Humor, Science, Taxes and Policy, Video

The Shrinking American Middle Class

click for interactive infographic Source: The Upshot

Category: Data Analysis, Economy, Taxes and Policy, Wages & Income

There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be Rich . . .

Source: MoJo

Category: Politics, Taxes and Policy, Wages & Income

The Where-To-Be-Born Index

Source: The Economist

Category: Data Analysis, Economy, Psychology, Taxes and Policy

Supersize Ambitions

Source: NY Times

Category: Digital Media, Economy, Taxes and Policy

Brother, Can You Spare 12 cents for Crumbling Infrastructure?

In the middle of the last century the U.S. started building the Interstate Highway System. It’s now named after President Dwight Eisenhower, who shepherded its passage through Congress in 1956. Connecting the far-flung corners of this large nation, this 47,714 mile network allows commerce to flow freely. The cost of construction, adjusted for inflation, was…Read More

Category: Really, really bad calls, Taxes and Policy, Transports