Center for Strategic Tax Reform (CSTR) CSTR Logo

CSTR News



 

CSTR News and Events

Jack Kemp's Tax Reform Ideas Would Still Work Today
Investor's Business Daily, August 29, 2013
By Ernest S. Christian and Philip S. English
The uncertain political contours of the debate in a divided Congress about how and when to pursue tax reform make us hearken back for inspiration to a reform template from a decade ago: to do the job with five surgically precise amendments to the income tax.

Tax Reform 2013: What Price For a Corporate Rate Reduction?
Tax Notes, January 14, 2013
By Ernest S. Christian, Gary A. Robbins and George J. Schutzer
Frustrated by the deficit-driven constraints of revenue neutrality, and faced with one of the world’s highest corporate tax rate, some corporations are understandably desperate to find a solution in tax reform. This report demonstrates that the worst solution is to “pay for” a lower corporate tax rate by postponing depreciation deductions.

Ernest S. Christian Statement to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means on Tax Reform and the U.S. Manufacturing Sector
July 26, 2012
By Ernest S. Christian

Changes in tax rates and capital cost recovery allowances both have profound effects -- for good or ill -- on manufacturing's key role in job creation.

Will Liberty Suffer For Years To Come Under A 'Roberts Court'?
Investor's Business Daily, July 3, 2012
By Ernest S. Christian
Roberts extended himself greatly to save ObamaCare with a tax-based opinion that, while electrifying in its conclusion, is uncertain in language and lacking in the compelling legal analytics normally expected.

Riding In To Fix Failure: Four Rs Of Reaganism 2.0
Investor's Business Daily, June 8, 2012
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
The four Rs of the much-needed second Reagan Revolution are Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio and Rob Portman. Together they can get Washington's boot off the economy's neck and let Americans be Americans.

Hatch Would Be Lodestar In New Senate Firmament
Investor's Business Daily, February 1, 2012
By Ernest S. Christian
If Republicans do gain enough additional Senate seats to proceed with restoring the American Dream, a vital ingredient will be the reelection of Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah.

Liberal Conceit And The Havoc It Has Wrought On Our Nation
Investor's Business Daily, October 21, 2011
By Ernest S. Christian
Liberals claim to be more compassionate toward the poor and minorities, but there is nothing smart or compassionate about running up government debt to record levels and having nothing to show for it except an impaired credit rating, 9% unemployment, the home ownership rate at its lowest point since 1965 and the smallest portion of the population actually working at jobs since 1983.

A Value-Added Tax Fuels Big Government
Wall Street Journal, August 24, 2011
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
The VAT is believed to be a magical device that can stuff government coffers with money without untoward economic political consequences. It is no such thing.

Paul Ryan's Big Economy Vs. President's Big Gov't
Investor's Business Daily, July 8, 2011
By Ernest S. Christian
Republicans and independents who are serious about getting America out of debt and people back to work will do their best to convince Paul Ryan to run for president - and defeat Barack Obama.

Riding Income Redistribution Back To White House In 2012
Investor's Business Daily, April 21, 2011
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
Obama's trick is to expropriate money from people who work hard and pay their taxes - and use the loot to scatter around enough political lagniappe to piece together a majority of bought-and-paid for votes.

Ryan Rides To The Rescue With Realistic Budget Plan
Investor's Business Daily, April 6, 2011
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
In opposition to Obama's road to ruin, Paul Ryan has unveiled a high-minded "Path to Prosperity" by which America can escape the spend-debt-tax trap set by Obama before it's finally and fatally sprung.

A Scorecard Of Negatives, A Menace To Our Future
Investor's Business Daily, March 17, 2011
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
By any rational standard, Barack Obama gets an F for job performance and should - on that basis alone - either resign or be voted out ASAP before he does further harm.

New 21st Century Politics: Getting Gov't Out of Way
Investor's Business Daily, February 23, 2011
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
Will Obama turn out to be America's first post-freedom, post-prosperity president? Americans do not like being deceived and pushed around. And they will not tolerate having their pockets picked.

A Manual For New-Style Republicans
Investor's Business Daily, January 5, 2011
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
A "how-to" manual of good governance is available to the newly elected Republicans coming to Congress with a mandate to restore competence and integrity to the Capitol. It is called "A Roadmap for America's Future."

Higher Taxes: The Definition Of Recklessness
Investor's Business Daily, October 9, 2010
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
President Obama must surely know that the harm from his scheme to increase tax rates on the "rich" (couples making as much as $250,001) will fall heavily on the middle class and the working poor.

The Second Declaration Of Independence
Investor's Business Daily, September 11, 2010
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
Instead of apologizing to the world for America, Obama should apologize to us. His administration seems unfortunately to have lost both its economic mind and its moral compass.

Will Washington's Failures Lead To Second American Revolution?
Investor's Business Daily, July 31, 2010
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
Barack Obama may bankrupt us and replace our merit-based capitalist economy with a small government-directed one of his own design.

Dark Prospects For Spendthrift Democrats
Investor's Business Daily, June 9, 2010
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
The Democratic Party's most well-known characteristic (spend a lot of money fast) may be fatal at the polls.

A Choice for the Condemned
Washington Times, May 10, 2010
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
Barack Obama is risking America's future by running up the debt in a hurry-up effort to get in place as quickly as possible - while he still can - his planned expansion of the welfare state.

The Nation's Imminent Debt Crisis Is A Matter Of Choice - Obama's
Investor's Business Daily, March 27, 2010
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
The president's fiscal credibility is low and America's future is uncertain - the question being whether the president is going to ruin the economy by continuing to run up the debt or ruin it with massive tax increases.

Governing Well Isn't That Hard (See Ryan Plan)
Investor's Business Daily, March 2, 2010
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
Taking a minimalist approach and adhering to free market principles, Ryan has fixed the infamously "unfixable" tax code, provided affordable health care solutions and made the tottering Social Security system secure.

Washington Must Avoid Tax Trap That Will Send Economy to Brink
Investor's Business Daily, January 28, 2010
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
We can't tax our way out of the hole the president and the Congress are digging for us. Tax increases cost the economy more than they yield to the Treasury in revenue - and especially so in a recession.

Comparisons Of Obama To Carter Are Inapt And Unfair (To Carter)
Investor's Business Daily, January 6, 2010
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
Jimmy Carter was not the greatest, but he wasn't the worst president America has had. Barack Obama is so far winning the race to the bottom.

Why Do We Put Our Lives In The Hands Of Those Whose Failures Are Manifest?
Investor's Business Daily, January 5, 2010
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
The politicians we put in charge of our lives and livelihoods are by no means the best and brightest people among us. Typically they are meddlesome by nature and given to high-risk experimentations, using us like guinea pigs.

Obama's Best Jobs Idea
Wall Street Journal, December 12, 2009
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
Congress should continue to allow small businesses to expense capital equipment purchases.

Honor Heroes by Rescuing Their Country
Investor's Business Daily, December 1, 2009
By Ernest S. Christian
The politicians in Washington - Democrats and Republicans alike - seem intent on dishonoring the sacrifice made by Sergeant Cartwright and more than 600,000 American patriots in graves scattered all around the world.

The Dangers of a Value-Added Tax
Wall Street Journal, October 15, 2009
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
This European version of the sales tax could stealthily and dramatically grow the federal government.

Denying Truth And Rewriting The Dictionary
Investor's Business Daily, October 7, 2009
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
Barack Obama has an elastic (capable of being stretched) approach to reality. Facts that do not suit him are set aside and replaced with fabrications.

Is Obama's Tax On Health Care Constitutional?
Investor's Business Daily, September 26, 2009
By Ernest S. Christian and Betty Jo Christian
The controversial tax that both Obama and Baucus would impose on people who do not buy health insurance appears to be a "direct tax" on persons that is unlawful under Article 1, Section 2, of the Constitution.

Washington's Tangled Web Of Deception
Investor's Business Daily, August 26, 2009
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
Washington taxes us in the way that is well-known to do the maximum amount of damage to us and our economy per dollar of revenue raised. It then spends our money in ways that often do more harm than good.

Let's See What the U.S. Economy Can Really Do
Investor's Business Daily, July 22, 2009
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
If the government ever took its foot off the brake and let the American people see what they and their economy can do, Washington would find it very difficult to clamp down on economic growth again.

Demands are Only Growing Bigger for a Shrinking Base of Taxpayers
Investor's Business Daily, July 2, 2009
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
When government commandeers the taxpayers' money and spends it, the money tends to shrink. Predictably, the highly touted "stimulus" package has not had its hoped-for effect.

Put GM Stock In Voting Trust For Taxpayers
Investor's Business Daily, June 10, 2009
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
It is a mistake for government to acquire GM stock in the first place. But having decided to do so, it would be an even greater mistake to reject an obvious modification of the ownership structure that not only protects the taxpayers but also protects the free enterprise system from political domination, and guards against scandals.

Obama's Plan For A Debt-Ridden Future
Investor's Business Daily, June 6, 2009
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
President Obama has officially begun the era of bigger big government by proposing to go on a multitrillion dollar borrowing spree that risks doing to the "full faith and credit of the United States" what excessive borrowing during the housing bubble did to private credit.

Stupidity and the State, Part II
The Wall Street Journal, July 19, 2008
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
Washington can be counted on to create a crisis -- usually by sheer incompetence. Then it rushes to the rescue, often doing more harm than good.

Stupidity and the State
The Wall Street Journal, June 7, 2008
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
But the millions of inanities that occur daily throughout the government's world-wide empire are mere trifles compared to its big-ticket failures.

Beyond Simplification
The Ripon Forum, Volume 42, No. 1, March/April 2008
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
Reducing tax paperwork is important, but minimizing government's impact on the economy is key.

2008 Elections Won't Result In Better Gov't
Investor's Business Daily, January 15, 2008
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins
Ironically, when it comes to money and the economy, most of the government's greatest abuses are because of elections.

The JFK Stimulus Plan
The Wall Street Journal, January 12, 2008
By Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins

Got an economic downturn? Need a stimulus package? Why not adopt full or partial first-year expensing, which has come to the rescue many times since 1962, when President John F. Kennedy first administered this type of remedy to the economy?

About | Leadership | Commentaries | News and Events | Newsletter | Testimonials
Seminars | Contributions | Congressional Testimony | Contact CSTR | Home