Is Obama's Proposed Reduction in Charitable Contibutions a Good Idea?

My grandmother often repeated the aphorism that charity begins at home. But those living in the White House and Congress just love to tweak tax policy to make charitable giving to causes beyond our doorsteps more complicated. This week President Obama's 2010 budget plan proposes that allowable charitable tax deductions for those earning more than $250,000 per year be reduced by about 20%. ...more

Examining the Candidates' Proposals from an "EconomistMom" Perspective

My first post on BlogHer!  I'm a Ph.D. economist who's worked on federal fiscal policy issues for over 20 years, and I'm also a mom of four kids (ages 9 to 16).  I recently decided to leave my fairly prominent position on Capitol Hill so I could have more time with my kids before they grow up and leave home! ...more