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The Ledger 5/17/2013

The Ledger 5/17/2013

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A weekly snapshot of news, views, and economic cues from AEI's Economic Policy team
A weekly snapshot of news, views, and economic cues from AEI's Economic Policy team

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Published by: American Enterprise Institute on May 17, 2013
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Subject: IRS discrimination, how to fix the economy, the future of housing (AEI Economics Ledger)If you have trouble reading this message, click here to view it as a web page. 
IRS
IRS discrimination will continue
“The danger of future abuse will persist if the standardsremain vague and susceptible to political manipulation.”
 
We made the IRS political
:“Our tax code and campaign finance laws put the IRS in thebusiness of policing political speech.”
President Obama teased about IRS auditing in 2009.
 
Not so funny. 
:“The fact is that
the targeting of Tea Party groups by the IRS helped Demo
crats win elections.”
The end of big government?
:“It probably represents the last shovelful of dirt on
the
central mission of Barack Obama’s presidency.”
Lawsuit: The IRS raids 60 million medical records
“Political targeting of conservativegroups should give us pause about turning over to the IRS a greater role in regulating healthcare.”
 
Economy 
 
How to fix America? Ed Conard debates Fareed Zakaria
:“Private
-sector investment andrisk taking, not infrastructure investment, have driven U.S. economi
c growth.”
 
NEW RESEARCH -- Tax treatment of the family
“Family
-based taxsystems create a number of difficulties. . . . In some cases, two individuals pay more in taxes as a marriedcouple. . . .
tax rates discourage married women from participating in the labor market.”
 
41 percent of small businesses are not hiring because of Obamacare
:“Perhaps the
government shouldn
’t provide a disincentive for small businesses to grow their workforces.”
Long-term unemployment has increased (maybe permanently)
:“The U.S. has yet to
return to its previous levels of unemployment. . . .
It may never do so.”
Another reason for our labor crisis
:“The unprecedented expansion of federally fundedunemployment benefits is a contributing factor to the current labor market crisis.”
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Financial Reform
 
Don't do Brown-Vitter. Do this
:“Any efforts to reduce the size
of bank holding companies should focus on creating incentives for the management of theseorgani
zations voluntarily to do so.”
from the Committee’s May 13th meeting.

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