Jim covered Congress and The White House during the George W. Bush administration for The Washington Times, and worked as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California. He has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, and many local and national talk radio shows to talk politics and policy.
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Heartland’s senior economic advisor, Jim Johnston, was on the award-winning podcast “Coffee & Markets” the other day talking tax policy and the proper role of government for about eight minutes with Benjamin Domenech.
You can listen below to Jim making a point he’s been stressing here for a while: Flattening the tax rate and broadening the tax burden — while reducing deductions in the tax code — will amount to a tax increase for most Americans. Don’t let those reformers in the Republican Party tell you any different.
My favorite quote was Jim’s closer: “Government ought to do what government does best: nothing.”