9 comments for “Contact Ed

  1. David Murphy
    November 26, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I love your column. Please tell me what removing the cap on SS taxes would do to bring solvency closer. Also, why isn’t this a first step – other than that those people tend to vote with a vengeance.

  2. Gary L Benjamin
    January 23, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Hi Ed
    I got to this web site from your reply to John Rosine’s email today. Was happy to learn that you are addressing a wide variety of economic issues and would be glad to receive more regular updates on your Real World Economics. So I added my email address to your “Join our mailing list” link. Nice to know some of my old Fed cohorts are still supporting my social security withdrawals. Gary B

  3. Gerald Abrahamson
    March 10, 2013 at 12:05 am

    I have determined the 2011 Legislature passed a genuine “wealth tax” in its 2011 session–and that tax was collected in 2012 and 2013. I am seeking confirmation of what constitutes the first officially documented wealth tax in the US.

    As we all know, a tax does not have to be called a tax in order to be a tax (US Supreme Court). So this gets interesting.

    IMO, a wealth tax exists when a person is required to reduce cash on hand or sell assets in order to pay a state-mandated fee or tax (over and above net income) that is independent of income and not within the control of the individual. There is no expectation the money/asset will ever be recovered in the future (i.e. it is an *ongoing* expenditure where state-stipulated expenses > net income). Thus, it is not a timing issue that fixes itself over time (when income and expenses occur is the problem). I would like to have this wealth tax officially documented and I am wondering if you would like to prove/disprove it. Real world economics….

    Regards, Jerry

  4. al kline
    March 10, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I believe you are working from the wrong viewpoint on income taxation- we need to start over and dump all those special favors only for the rich and connected; simultaneously throw out the idea that Corporations are people, they are NOT and should NOT be allowed ANY input to the tax code. [After all- they(no “ITS'”) constanly maintaining that taxex are ultimately paid by humans anyway; …so IT should shut up and stay quiet wrto income taxes.]

  5. David Skattebo
    February 13, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    I read your article called Real World Economics: Gov’t sponsored crop insurance less attractive for business. I am a crop insurance agent and farmer in northern Iowa and found it to be a very interesting article. I am a little confused about something you said in the second to last paragraph “That led to a new subsidy program introduced for 2015 that offered farmers the option of enrolling in a program that “insured” them against income losses due to poor yield losses or those due to low prices, but not both.”

    So, what is this new program you are talking about? Margin Protection was a new program introduced in 2015, but I would not describe it as you did. Thanks

  6. April 17, 2016 at 5:55 am

    Keep on working, great job!

  7. July 26, 2016 at 8:16 am

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  8. Dwight Adamson
    November 14, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    As always I enjoy your economic analysis………I hope you never retire.

  9. Brian Kanter
    December 25, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Dear Mr. Lotterman,
    I am a huge fan and appreciate your column. In your Sunday column on trade wars affecting farmers, you suggested that if China no longer imported our corn, they would simply obtain it from one of our competitors. As a result, we would then be able to sell our now excess crop to the countries that were formerly supplied by, say Brazil, to offset our loss of markets. Couldn’t Brazil simply increase it’s production to meet both demands. Alternatively, a third country could increase its production to the same end. This would then leave us with a loss of markets in excess of your original scenario. Of course we could also compete for sales in the new market place, but wouldn’t that decrease the prices our farmers could obtain, also hurting our growers.
    Your thoughts please.
    Thank you,
    Brian Kanter

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