Alan Joel

Alan Joel has been a CPA for more than 40 years in New York City, where libertarians like him are few and far between. He discusses tax and politics at his popular website, www.taxpolitix.com. You can also find him at RedState, Canada Free Press and Examiner. Join the conversation!
Alan Joel has written 36 posts for The American Citizen's Daily

Obama on the Debt Ceiling, 2006 vs 2013. He Was Against it Before He Was For It

CNS News reported an excerpt from President Obama’s speech given on September 18 at the Business Roundtable in D.C. Obama claimed that, “Now, this debt ceiling — I just want to remind people in case you haven’t been keeping up — raising the debt ceiling, which has been done over a hundred times, does not … Continue reading

A “Prevailing Wage” is Not the Answer

The recent ruling in finding NYC’s prevailing wage unconstitutional was the correct decision. Bloomberg understands the fundamental economic premise regarding paying a wage what the market dictates the worker is worth. Those that support the prevailing wage policies do not. It is both unfortunate and dangerous, because implementing a prevailing wage has two effects: 1) … Continue reading

Sebelius on Obamacare: The is the Law of the Land (except when it’s not)

Eye-opening words of HHS Secretary, Sebelius Monday: “This is no longer a political debate; this is what we call the law,” Sebelius told a group that includes Democrats and Republicans, elected officials, political appointees and bureaucrats. “It was passed and signed three years ago. It was upheld by the Supreme Court a year ago. The … Continue reading

The Chicago Tribune Discovers that the Emperor Has No Clothes; Advocates Scrapping Obamacare

The Chicago Tribune has published a Sunday editorial calling on Obamacare to be re-written. Yes, that Chicago Tribune. The Tribune goes through the myriad of delays that the Administration has announced in the last few months, contrary to the actual written law, and then they go further. They question the ability of Obama to actual … Continue reading

Detroit is Not Too Big To Fail

Detroit is not too big to fail. The City of Detroit must take its lumps, as difficult as they may be to swallow, but the City of Detroit is to blame. They made an error of great proportions. They thought their decades of cronyism and sweeping promises were good and economically viable. The people didn’t … Continue reading

Obama Tells Americans: “This Needs To Stop”

On Wednesday, Obama tried to change the national conversation about the long string of questions dogging the White House. He decided he is back to being serious about jobs. Very serious. Serious enough to talk about jobs for an hour at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. This speech was touted as the kick-off to a … Continue reading

The Liberty of Risk-Taking in the Business World

Ben Casselman penned a thoughtful piece last week in the WSJ which documented the decline of risk-taking in business ventures. Hard data shows that both the number of new companies and the use of venture capital is waning. And this downward trend is a major contributor to the fact that the recovery from the recent … Continue reading

Debunking the Myth that Social Security is Solvent

Faithful devotees of the Left continue to peddle the notion that Social Security is not in crisis, that it doesn’t contribute to the deficit, and there is no need for reform. However, reading through this year’s just-released Social Security Trustees report, (the annual “State of the SSA”), we find that the Trustees themselves tell a … Continue reading

The “Not Me” Administration

One of the key components of the Tea Party ideology is the championing for smaller government. As the IRS scandal targeting the Tea Party, Conservatives, and pro-Israel Jews continues to fester, a cursory glance at the various figures involved in the wrongdoing have resorted to finger pointing and the blame game. According to the key … Continue reading

With the IRS Scandal, Should We Delay Implementation of Obamacare?

Back in 2009, Obama gave a speech at Arizona State University and joked about using the IRS to audit unsavory people. In a jolting forecast nearly four years ago, Glenn Reynolds wrote a response in the WSJ, saying, “Should the IRS come to be seen as just a bunch of enforcers for whoever is in … Continue reading

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