Tag Archives: Republican presidential candidates

Are tax increases in our future?

The Knoxville Economics Forum will step into the middle of one of the most divisive issues of the presidential campaign at its April 20 meeting – tax increases.

Jane G. Gravelle, a specialist in the economics of taxation, is the keynote speaker. Her topic: “The Long Term Fiscal Outlook: Are Tax Increases in Our Future?”

Cutting taxes, especially corporate tax rates, are a central theme of the Republican candidates campaign, while President Barack Obama and the Democrats want to raise taxes on millionaires.

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Return to the gold standard?

The struggling ecomomy has generated a lot of buzz lately about a return to the gold standard.

Utah a few weeks ago passed a law that makes gold and silver coins minted by the U.S. government legal currency. The gold standard is a favorite Tea Party issue and some of the Republican presidential candidates are talking it.

Until the 1970s the dollar was tied to gold. Will restoring the greenback’s connection to the yellow metal magically fix the economy?


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