Jimmy Buffett, 1946-2023

The Gulf and Western singer, songwriter, and mogul has died at 76.

Patagonia, Nonprofits, and the Tax Code

A sweet story gets a wee bit more complicated.

Feinstein is Declining But What About Tuberville

A twist on an evergreen debate.

Elite Private Schools, Race, and Fear of the Woke

Also some ironic positions on capitalism.

Antifa Terrorist Killed While Attempting to Blow Up ICE Facility

A strangely under-publicized story.

Amazon Becomes Second Company To Hit $1,000,000,000,000 Market Value

Amazon has joined Apple to become the second American corporation to reach $1,000,000,000,000 in market valuation.

Mark Zuckerberg World’s Third-Richest Person

The 34-year-old Facebook tycoon is now worth more than 87-year-old Warren Buffet.

No, Donald Trump Isn’t “Self-Funding” His Campaign

Donald Trump likes to tell people that he’ll never be beholden to special interests because he’s self-funding his campaign. So far, though, that doesn’t really seem to be true.

The 0.001 Percent

The “99 percent vs. the 1 percent” debate obscures the real income inequality picture.

GOP Congressman: My Idea To Force Poor Kids To Work For Lunch Not Directed At Poor Kids

A GOP Senate Candidate in Georgia attempts to back track, and runs off the rails in the process.

The Wrath of Taft

McConnell Not Willing to Raise Taxes to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Obama thinks he has a mandate to raise taxes on high earners. Republicans think they have a mandate to stop him.

Romney’s Supporters Want Him To Go For Obama’s Jugular

Just as we saw in 2008, the conservative base doesn’t want to hear their nominee saying that the President is a basically decent man.

Obama’s Tax Plan Is About Politics & Class Warfare, Not Tax Policy

The President could describe his tax plan differently, but there’s a reason he isn’t.

Friedman Finds His 3rd Party Candidate: Obama

Thomas Friedman continues his quixotic quest for a third party. His candidate: a fantasy Barack Obama.

The Death Of Occupy Wall Street? It Sure Seems Like It

All the available evidence suggest that the Occupy movement has fizzled away into virtual nothingness.

Obama Administration: Buffett Rule About Fairness, Not Budget

The Obama administration admits its push for the “Buffett Rule” is not about dealing with our budget woes.

Auto Bailout Politics

Romney eked out a win in the Michigan primary. He’s going to have a harder time there in November.

The Truth About The So-Called “Buffett Rule”

On it’s own, the so-called “Buffett Rule” is unlikely to do much to reduce the deficit.

State of the Union Post Mortem

The speech did exactly what it was supposed to do: kick off Obama’s re-election campaign while disguised as a call for unity.

Mitt Romney’s Tax Returns: Much Ado About Very Little

The reaction to the release of Mitt Romney’s tax returns is about what you’d expect.

Mitt Romney, Bain Capital, And The Politics Of Creative Destruction

Mitt Romney is taking heat for his role at Bain Capital. He shouldn’t.

Occupy Wall Street Response to Cheating, Not Winning

Occupy Wall Street is not motivated by envy of the rich or even animus towards banks.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The Asshat Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

What Social Contract?

Does America have a social contract? If so, is it broken?

Buffett Rule Hard to Follow

Making sure millionaires pay more tax than their secretary isn’t as easy as it sounds.

Polls Indicate Strong Public Support For President Obama’s Jobs And Tax Proposals

The public supports the Presidents tax plans, but will that matter on Election Day?

Fact Checking Obama’s Buffett Rule Claims

AP does a FACT CHECK: Are rich taxed less than secretaries? The answer: Generally speaking, no. But it’s complicated.

Rick Perry: Social Security Is “A Monstrous Lie”

Rick Perry placed his cowboy boots firmly on the third rail of American politics.

Warren Buffett: Tax Me More!

One of the super-rich says we should stop coddling the super-rich.

Teaching Entrepreneurship

Can most people learn the traits to be highly successful in business?

Lady Gaga Stole My Pie

The super rich have a lot larger share of total income than they did a generation ago. Are they taking it from the rest of us?

Blue State Tax Breaks?

Some Democrats who support ending the Bush tax cuts for high earners want to exempt their own rich constituents.

Not Divorced, But Not Really Married

Some number of people are staying married while living separate lives. This is, apparently, news.