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Column: Obamacare Revelation: The Cost of the CEO Tax Break

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Corporate America’s CEO pay horror stories just keep rolling in. Marissa Mayer took the CEO reins at high-tech giant Yahoo in 2012. As of the end of last year, that status had brought Mayer a personal windfall that could eventually hit $214 million. Meanwhile, with Mayer at the helm, the value of the high-tech giant’s core business has shrunk from $7.3 billion to $500 million. Core business operations at biotech …

Column: Corporations Flee Excessive American Tax

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Obama administration is highly exercised about “inversion,” the practice by which an American corporation acquires a foreign company and moves its headquarters out of the U.S. to benefit from lower tax rates abroad. Not fair, says Barack Obama. It’s taking advantage of an “unpatriotic tax loophole” that hardworking American families have to …

Column: Even With an Engineering Degree, It’s Hard to Find a Job

Saturday, August 30, 2014

When I graduated from Penn State a year ago, I thought I was perfectly prepared to succeed in the business world. I’d worked hard, graduated at the top of my class in computer science and managed to acquire lots of experience with the sorts of industry software that I was sure hiring managers were looking for. I’d even chosen a STEM (science, technology, …

Column: Obama Tests Limits on Executive Orders

Thursday, August 21, 2014

There are two words every president, including Barack Obama, hates to hear: “lame duck.” He’s in year six of his eight-year run. His biggest accomplishments are all in the past; his remaining proposals are stymied by Congress. His …

Willem Lange: Paddling Down the River With Good Company for a Good Cause

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Just about 30 hours ago I turned into the narrow entrance lane to the refurbished and improved boat launch site in Orford. There were people everywhere in white T-shirts with the word “Volunteer” on the back, waiting to help the expected crowd. I was early, as is my …

Column: Frustration in Ferguson has Economic Roots

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It was the middle-class suburb of Ferguson that boiled over last week, but to the rest of the world this was a St. Louis crisis. All that folks elsewhere know is that greater St. Louis has some problematic …

Column: Will Scotland Really Vote for a Divorce?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

We’re now a month away from a vote to determine whether Great Britain will have to continue on as not-quite-as-great Britain. On Sept. 18, Scots will head to the polls for a long-awaited independence referendum, and while the “no” camp — those opposing secession — continue leading in …

Column: The Lessons I learned From Harold Luce

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

There can never be enough words to describe Harold Luce and his profound impact on traditional fiddling, and on me, personally. I first knew Harold and his wife, Edith, through the Grange. My father knew Edith, as she …

A Better Idea For Reforming the Tax Code: Taxing Consumption

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

According to much conventional wisdom, the flap over corporate “tax inversions” is just the latest evidence that the tax code needs a comprehensive overhaul like the one agreed to by congressional leaders and President Reagan in 1986. Whether you consider it greedy and unpatriotic for U.S. companies to …

Vacationing Presidents Get Little Time Off

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Here are five myths about presidential vacations: 1: Presidents get vacations. “Presidents don’t get vacations — they just get a change of scenery,” Nancy Reagan once said in defense of her husband’s frequent trips to his ranch in …

Live Free and Drink Wine in New Hampshire

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

There are more than 7,700 wineries in the United States. Production is at record levels. Prices are skyrocketing, too: As of 2013, the average bottle cost $10.85, up from $9 the previous year. The debate over which state …

Column: U.S. Needs a Mideast Strategy; Here’s One

Monday, August 18, 2014

What would it look like if America actually had a Middle East strategy? To begin with, of course, it would hardly look like what we are seeing today. At the moment, we are confronted with an unprecedented regionwide series of crises that are each seemingly being treated by …

Editorial: Containing Ebola: Gloves and Masks Are Needed, Not Drugs

Monday, August 18, 2014

The question of how to fairly distribute scarce doses of experimental Ebola treatments is capturing the world’s attention. Yet the fate of the epidemic doesn’t rest on getting these expensive and unproven drugs to the afflicted African countries. What medical teams there need most are protective masks, goggles, …