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Here are some more disturbing numbers to ponder in the wake of last year’s tax reform. Through May of this year, the US Treasury paid $ 233 billion in interest on its debt. The government’s fiscal year ends in September, so that figure will be much larger when June, July, August and September are added in….
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French Animation Industry Reacts to Proposed Reform on Local Broadcasting Services

As Annecy Animation Film Festival is about to kick off, a reform proposal on French broadcasting services unveiled on Monday is calling for the folding of France 4, the country’s only free-to-air channel mainly dedicated to kids and family programming, among other measures. The reform is meant to improve the quality of France’s broadcasting services, […]

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that some of the country's larger public companies will re-invest 420 billion rand.
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A bipartisan step toward prison reform

Bipartisanship isn’t dead: The House Judiciary Committee last week passed a bill offering ex-felons a “second chance,” and it stands a decent chance of becoming law. Co-sponsored by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-B’klyn) and Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), the First Step Act has the backing of White House adviser Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law. The bill…
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How tax reform will affect this year’s taxes and next year’s returns

Tax returns are due Tuesday, so folks have tax issues on their minds. So I asked Nicole Kaeding of the Tax Foundation to go over a few of the big things that changed because of the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and how it will affect this year’s taxes and next year’s returns….
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TEMER: Intervention In Rio Will End When Reform Is Ready To Be Voted

The military intervention in Rio de Janeiro state’s security system will cease when pension reform is ready to be voted on, said Brazilian President Michel Temer in signing the decree on the issue.
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Smart Money Moves: Tax Reform Bill Brings Bigger Paycheck and Uncertainty

One of the most significant promises of the recent tax reform bill was to cut taxes for most Americans. According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), about 90% can expect to see bigger paychecks this February! And of course how much will depend on your situation.

Just recently, the IRS released its new withholding tax tables. These tables are used by employers and payroll companies to determine the correct amount of taxes based on an individual’s income and filing status. The new withholding tax tables are expected to assist with the latest updates in the recent tax reform bill. As such, the IRS encourages all employers to start using the tables as soon as possible, but no later than Feb. 15.

But while the tables are updated, employees are reminded to review their withholdings.

When individuals file their tax returns in 2019, having too much withheld can allow Uncle Sam to use your money interest-free throughout the year, whereas having too little withheld can create additional taxes due. As such, the IRS encourages users to utilize the new withholding calculator to determine whether or not you should update your tax withholdings.

The new tax withholding calculator would allow individuals to enter their tax deductions, expected income, and other vital information to determine the correct amount to withhold. It is expected to be available by the end of February.

If an employee discovers he or she is withholding too little or too much, a new W-4 form should be submitted to the human resources department. A W-4 form allows employers to determine the correct amount of taxes to be withheld from an employee’s paycheck. Employees can adjust withholdings based on dependents, deductions, and other relevant information. But keep in mind, the IRS has not issued the W-4 form that reflects the changes to the tax law, so for now, employees should hold tight and monitor their withholdings throughout the year.

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‘People are underestimating the impact of the tax reform,’ says Ken Moelis, Wall Street veteran

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Consumer sentiment falls in January, while tax reform viewed with optimism

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Sun Life Financial Expects $200 Mln Charge To Q4 Net Income On U.s. Tax Reform

Sun Life Financial Inc. (SLF, SLF.TO) said that as a result of the recent U.S. tax legislation, it expects the tax expense included in its 2018 underlying net income to decrease by approximately $ 130 million and also expects to incur a charge of $ 200 million to its net income in the fourth quarter.
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Acuity Brands Says Tax Reform Legislation To Positively Impact Net Income

While reporting its first-quarter financial results today, Acuity Brands Inc. (AYI), a provider of indoor and outdoor lighting and energy management solutions, said that the recent passage of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act may have a favorable impact on future demand for many end markets served by the company, as positive business sentiment may lead to further investments in facilities and infrastructure in the U.S.
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McConnell and the Senate may have to hold off on entitlement reform

Having just scored a hard-fought victory on tax reform, House Speaker Paul Ryan now wants to target the deficit problem — by reducing the cost of federal entitlement programs. The problem is, his GOP colleagues in the Senate, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are saying no way, fearing the political cost of failure. Frankly,…
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Why Trump tax reform will be even better than Reagan

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Reagan would have supported Trump tax reform despite its flaws, says Reagan budget director

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Manufacturing CEO survey shows record high optimism on prospect of tax reform

The National Association of Manufacturers found that 94.6 percent of CEOs were positive about their company's outlook.
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BRAZIL: Ibovespa Rises, But Worries Remain About Pension Reform

Ibovespa, the benchmark stock index in Brazil, closed up 0.33% at 72,731.84 points Friday, tracking markets abroad and boosted by expectations on the pension reform’s approval by the Brazilian House of Representatives still in 2017. However, the index lost strength near the end of the session as investors turned skeptical on the reform prospects. In the week, after strong volatility, the Ibovespa rose 0.65%.
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Senate Republicans Narrowly Approve Tax Reform Bill

Senate Republicans narrowly approved a massive tax reform bill early Saturday morning after GOP leaders managed to win over several reluctant lawmakers with changes to the legislation. The Senate voted 51 to 49 in favor of the bill known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, with the vote largely coming down along party lines.
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Lawmakers Are Using Tax Reform Legislation to Push an Anti-Abortion Agenda

In the latest draft of the GOP’s tax reform bill, lawmakers outlined a provision that would enable the naming of fetuses as beneficiaries of 529 college savings plans. The policy, and the language accompanying it, could codify the anti-abortion notion of “personhood” into law.

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In the tax bill, lawmakers defined the term “child in utero” as “a member of the species of homo sapiens at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.” This definition aligns with repeated anti-abortion efforts to pass personhood legislation and grant constitutional rights to fetuses.

The new provision is unnecessary, as expectant parents currently have the option of opening a 529 account during gestation and naming a new beneficiary upon birth. The real underlying cause for the amendment is clear: This is a blatant attempt to define life as beginning at conception and put abortion rights in danger.

“This is a back door attempt to establish personhood from the moment of conception,” claimed Rep. Diana Degette (D-CO). “What’s next, giving a social security number to a zygote?”

The GOP’s plan for tax reform has already been exposed as a pushback against civil liberties. The legislative package wages war on key Affordable Care Act regulations surrounding reproductive rights. It proposes $ 1.5 trillion in cuts to funding for such programs as Medicare and Medicaid, and eliminations to key tax exemptions on healthcare for the elderly and disabled, repealing an effective medical expense deduction which allows individuals to write off out-of-pocket health care costs. But despite the Trump administration’s eager profession of the fiscal benefits of such reforms, the Treasury Department found that the current health exemptions cost the federal government $ 10 billion a year, while the plan to afford such tax breaks to large corporations would result in $ 225 billion a year in lost revenue.

The 529 modification to the tax bill is merely the latest in a slew of attempts by congressional lawmakers to propel an anti-abortion agenda. Last week, the House conducted a hearing on legislation that would ban abortion after 6 weeks of pregnancy; earlier this month, the Trump administration unveiled new regulations which would allow employers, universities and even entire insurance companies to opt out of contraceptive coverage for their beneficiaries by citing religious or moral objections.

But the insertion of personhood language into the tax bill can’t be lost in the mix. This insidious attack on reproductive rights will endanger women’s lives. According to a spokesperson for NARAL Pro Choice America, the GOP’s proposal “is just the latest example of how they’re trying to turn back the clock on this country.”

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Taking a key step in efforts to reform the tax code, House Republicans voted Thursday to approve a Senate-passed budget resolution. The House voted 216 to 212 in favor of the resolution, with all of the votes to approve the measure coming from the Republican side of the aisle.
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Trump Looking “Very Strongly” At Welfare Reform

Claiming some people are taking advantage of the system, President Donald Trump said Monday his administration is looking very strongly at welfare reform. Trump brought up the issue of welfare reform at a Cabinet meeting he said would include a discussion about reducing excessive government spending.
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Wall Street ends third quarter on a high note over tax reform

Wall Street ended the third quarter with a roar, buoyed by a rally in tech stocks and lingering hopes of tax reform. All three indexes ended in the green Friday with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq hitting record highs. “People feel confident that we’ll get tax reform — at least at the corporate level,” Peter…
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Republicans holdouts lean toward ‘no’ on health care bill, casting doubt on the GOP’s reform effort

Susan Collins of Maine is strongly leaning against voting for the latest draft of her party's healthcare bill.
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Liam and Noel Gallagher ‘will reform Oasis by 2019’ after public spats, says man who discovered them

OASIS will have got back together by 2019 – says the man who discovered them.

The reunion everyone has been waiting for would come on the tenth anniversary of LIAM and NOEL GALLAGHER’s bust-up that split the band.

Noel and Liam Gallagher will reform Oasis by 2019, according to the man who discovered them
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Noel and Liam Gallagher will reform Oasis by 2019, according to the man who discovered them[/caption]

I can reveal that the man who first signed them — music industry legend ALAN McGEE ­— is convinced the pair will patch things up and, ahem, not Look Back In Anger any more.

Alan said: “There is a very strong chance they will get back together within the next two years. Watch what happens.”

There’s been no love lost between the Gallaghers since 2009, when a backstage row at a Paris festival ended with Liam swinging a guitar at Noel’s head “like an axe”.

Alan is no stranger to the brothers’ rocky relationship after signing Oasis to his independent label Creation Records in 1993.

And his comments come amid speculation that Liam is preparing to join Noel at the sold-out We Are Manchester benefit concert on September 9.

The gig will mark the reopening of Manchester Arena following the terror attack that killed 22 people at an ARIANA GRANDE concert there in May.

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Alan added: “It is brilliant Noel is opening the arena. Ultimately, I think Liam will be happy he is doing it. They have their public spats but at the end of the day, they are brothers.

“I have never heard Liam say anything really bad about Noel.

“He might take the p**s but it has never been anything over the line.”

Perhaps it’s best not to mention here how Liam described Noel as a “sad f**k” after failing to perform at Ariana’s One Love concert following the attack.

Alan is convinced that the success of Liam’s forthcoming debut solo album, As You Were, will pave the way for a reunion between the warring brothers.

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He said: “I have heard Liam’s new album and it is great. For what it is worth, it’s a classic. It’s incredible.

“That has got to help when it comes to Oasis reforming because they’re not going to come back unless both have equal status.

“Liam is going to be big, Noel is going to be big.

“The fact that Liam is going to come back with such a successful album weirdly helps the chances of them reforming.”

Along with millions of Oasis fans across the globe, I’ve got the Champagne (Supernova) on ice.

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White House reportedly plans to release tax reform framework in September

The White House plans to release a brief document in early- to mid-September outlining a framework for overhauling the U.S. tax code.
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Why school vouchers could be part of tax reform fight

LAS VEGAS — More than a third of U.S. states have created school voucher programs that bypass thorny constitutional and political issues by turning them over to nonprofits that rely primarily on businesses to fund them. But the programs are raising questions about transparency and accountability at a time when supporters are urging that they be expanded into a federal program.

Unlike traditional school vouchers, which are directly funded by the states — or in the case of Washington, D.C., the federal government — these programs don’t use any public money. Instead, those who contribute to the voucher program get tax credits. Seventeen states now have the so-called tax-credit scholarships.

Both President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have promoted the scholarships as a way to give parents greater choice in deciding where their children will go to school. Supporters are pushing the administration to launch a federal program extending the tax credit scholarships nationwide.

Asked whether such a proposal might be included as part of a tax overhaul, DeVos said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press, “It’s certainly part of our discussion.”

Depending on whom you ask, the programs are either another avenue for school choice drawing on the generosity of taxpayers, or a workaround to existing bans on giving public money to religious organizations — in this case schools — with a set-up that’s ripe for abuse.

Depending on whom you ask, the programs are either another avenue for school choice drawing on the generosity of taxpayers, or a workaround to existing bans on giving public money to religious organizations — in this case schools — with a set-up that’s ripe for abuse. It’s hard to know who’s right, given that the states purposefully limit their fingerprints on their own programs.

For Mayra Puentes of Las Vegas, it was simply a way to get her children a better education. Her son, she said, was struggling in public school, in a state that is ranked at or near the bottom of national lists on the quality of public education.

Puentes said would not have been able to afford the combined $ 22,000 tuition for her three children at Mountain View Christian Schools.

In Nevada, scholarships are capped annually at about $ 7,700 per child. They can be used at 86 private schools, not all of them accredited.

How the program works:

  • Nonprofits solicit contributions from businesses and others. The organizations distribute the funds to families that apply. They keep 5 percent to 10 percent of the donations for administrative costs.
  • Contributors can deduct the amount they gave, sometimes dollar-for-dollar, from their state tax bill.
  • Most states designate the vouchers programs for low-income families.

“They are this weird blend of tax policy and education policy, and in a lot of ways, they are treated more like tax policy,” said Josh Cunningham of the National Conference of State Legislatures, which tracks the programs.

Nevada lawmakers secured a $ 20 million boost for the scholarships this year, after Republicans suffered a crushing blow when they couldn’t get money for their embattled Education Savings Accounts, a different type of school choice program.

Assemblyman Paul Anderson, a Republican, said government transparency laws do not and should not apply to the tax-credit scholarships because the tax component is confidential by nature, and the private sector is handling the rest. He said it was no different than a church asking its parishioners for donations — even though the state created the voucher program.

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Supporters have on their side the U.S. Supreme Court, which has ruled that the contributed money is private funds because the cash is never touched by the state.

But government transparency watchdogs have warned that the set-up can be problematic, with abuses well-documented. In Alabama and Georgia, for example, groups advertised the programs as money-making for contributors. In Arizona, a lawmaker makes six figures annually by running a scholarship group in the same system that he has supported.

Critics say under certain circumstances, wealthy contributors could even make a profit by claiming the “charitable” deduction multiple times over at the state and federal levels.

The AAA Scholarship Foundation Inc. which runs programs in Nevada and five other states, says it doesn’t give tax advice but has, when asked, shared an IRS memo on the matter.

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy say loopholes in the tax code would allow contributors to both eliminate their state tax bill and also get a charitable deduction off their federal taxes, and in some cases, also their state taxes. Carl Davis, the Washington-based think tank’s research director, likened the system to a money-laundering tax scheme because the contributions are officially considered donations — even if the scholarship money goes to for-profit schools.

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“That’s not charity. That’s just helping facilitate the movement of funds. These so-called donors are really like middlemen,” Davis said. “They’re not making a financial sacrifice.”

The research firm estimates that states give away $ 1 billion annually in tax credits for these voucher programs. Aside from closing the loophole, states could also rein it in by requiring contributors to show their federal tax return to prove that they aren’t “double-dipping,” Davis said.

EdChoice, a leading school choice advocacy group, defends the tax-credit program, saying it’s accountable to parents who can choose to take their kids elsewhere if they don’t like a school — even if there are, like in all government programs, some cases of abuse.

Acknowledging there are things to address, EdChoice’s policy director Jason Bedrick said his team has advised scholarship groups against mischaracterizing the system as profit-making because the conditions vary, depending on the state and the individual taxpayer.

But he’s not apologetic about the tax loophole, saying it’s no different compared to tax credits for other charitable causes that in some states, though very rarely, are also dollar-for-dollar contributions. And if there is tax code reform to address double-dipping, it should apply uniformly to all donor tax credits — not just for a highly political issue like vouchers.

“Some people might not like that, but they’re acting within the letter of the law. I see no problem with that,” Bedrick said. “Nobody’s going to go to jail for this.”

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The Economists'' Voice: Top Economists Take On Today''s Problems featured a core collection of accessible, timely essays on the challenges facing today''s global markets and financial institutions. The Economists'' Voice 2.0: The Financial Crisis, Health Care Reform, and More is the next installment in this popular series, gathering together the strongest essays published in The Economist''s Voice, a nonpartisan online journal, so that students and general readers can gain a deeper understanding of the financial developments shaping their world. This collection contains thirty-two essays written by academics, economists, presidential advisors, legal specialists, researchers, consultants, and policy makers. They tackle the plain economics and architecture of health care reform, its implications for society and the future of the health insurance industry, and the value of the health insurance subsidies and exchanges built into the law. They consider the effects of financial regulatory reform, the possibilities for ratings reform, and the issue of limiting bankers'' pay. An objective examination of the financial crisis and bank bailouts results in two indispensable essays on investment banking regulation after Bear Stearns and the positives and negatives of the Paulson/Bernanke bailout. Contributors weigh the merits of future rescues and suggest alternative strategies for addressing the next financial crisis. A final section examines a unique array of topics: the stability of pension security bonds; the value of a carbon tax, especially in fostering economic and environmental sustainability; the counterintuitive perils of net neutrality; the unforeseen consequences of government debt; the meaning of the Google book search settlement; and the unexploited possibilities for profit in NFL overtime games.
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The Economists' Voice 2.0: The Financial Crisis, Health Care Reform, and More

The Economists' Voice 2.0: The Financial Crisis, Health Care Reform, and More


The Economists'' Voice: Top Economists Take On Today''s Problems featured a core collection of accessible, timely essays on the challenges facing today''s global markets and financial institutions. The Economists'' Voice 2.0: The Financial Crisis, Health Care Reform, and More is the next installment in this popular series, gathering together the strongest essays published in The Economist''s Voice, a nonpartisan online journal, so that students and general readers can gain a deeper understanding of the financial developments shaping their world. This collection contains thirty-two essays written by academics, economists, presidential advisors, legal specialists, researchers, consultants, and policy makers. They tackle the plain economics and architecture of health care reform, its implications for society and the future of the health insurance industry, and the value of the health insurance subsidies and exchanges built into the law. They consider the effects of financial regulatory reform, the possibilities for ratings reform, and the issue of limiting bankers'' pay. An objective examination of the financial crisis and bank bailouts results in two indispensable essays on investment banking regulation after Bear Stearns and the positives and negatives of the Paulson/Bernanke bailout. Contributors weigh the merits of future rescues and suggest alternative strategies for addressing the next financial crisis. A final section examines a unique array of topics: the stability of pension security bonds; the value of a carbon tax, especially in fostering economic and environmental sustainability; the counterintuitive perils of net neutrality; the unforeseen consequences of government debt; the meaning of the Google book search settlement; and the unexploited possibilities for profit in NFL overtime games.
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Zhu Rongji on the Record: The Road to Reform 19911997

Zhu Rongji on the Record: The Road to Reform 19911997


China''s explosive transformation from a planned economy to a more market-oriented
one over the past three decades owes much to the charismatic reformer Zhu Rongji.
His pragmatism and strong work ethic have been key forces in China''s drive to greater
modernization and global stature. He served as the mayor and party chief in Shanghai from 1987 to 1991, as vice premier of China from 1991 to 1998, and then as premier until 2003. This monumental collection brings together, for the first time in English, over one hundred important speeches, articles, letters, and instructions written during his term as vice premier, when he had major responsibility for fulfilling Deng Xiaoping''s vision and setting China on a new and fruitful course.During this time, Zhu embarked on a plan to reduce the size of government and reform
the heavily indebted banking system and state-owned enterprises as well as the housing
and health care systems. His sweeping efforts ranged from lobbying for the establishment of stock exchanges to revitalizing agriculture through the introduction of a modern grain market. The ramifications of these reforms are still being felt throughout China and the globe, and Zhu Rongji on the Record provides a real-time look at these plans as they were being formulated during the 1990s.These pages also reflect the forthright personality that gained great popularity with
the Chinese public. Zhu vows to speak the truth and avoid empty talk, as he tells his
compatriots. We must tackle [reform] with both hands, and both hands must be strong.
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during China''s transition and calls for swift and resolute action, both in reform and in
fighting corruption.In addition to revealing the evolution of Zhu''s thinking and demonstrating how he
helped transform the world''s most populous nation, this book provides insight into the
course of China''s economic reform from the 1990s through the first part of the twenty-first century—a period of time that is key to the global order today.Publication of this English edition of Zhu Rongji on the Record will be an important
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Zhu Rongji on the Record: The Road to Reform: 1998-2003

Zhu Rongji on the Record: The Road to Reform: 1998-2003


China''s explosive transformation from a planned economy to a more market-oriented one over the past three decades owes much to the charismatic reformer Zhu Rongji. As China''s premier from 1998 to 2003, Zhu displayed a pragmatism and strong work ethic that have been key forces in China''s drive to greater modernization and global stature. During this time, Zhu embarked on a plan to reduce the size of government and reform the heavily indebted banking system and state-owned enterprises as well as to overhaul the housing and health care systems. His sweeping efforts ranged from lobbying for the establishment of stock exchanges to revitalizing agriculture through the introduction of a modern grain market. The ramifications of these reforms are still being felt throughout China and the globe, and The Road to Reform provides a real-time look at these plans as they were being formulated during the 1990s to the early 2000s.The second of a two-volume collection containing more than 100 speeches and personal papers by Zhu, this volume is a revealing and insightful look at Zhu''s thinking and will lead to greater understanding of one of the world''s two largest economic powers.
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Zhu Rongji on the Record: The Road to Reform: 1998-2003

Zhu Rongji on the Record: The Road to Reform: 1998-2003


China''s explosive transformation from a planned economy to a more market-oriented one over the past three decades owes much to the charismatic reformer Zhu Rongji. As China''s premier from 1998 to 2003, Zhu displayed a pragmatism and strong work ethic that have been key forces in China''s drive to greater modernization and global stature. During this time, Zhu embarked on a plan to reduce the size of government and reform the heavily indebted banking system and state-owned enterprises as well as to overhaul the housing and health care systems. His sweeping efforts ranged from lobbying for the establishment of stock exchanges to revitalizing agriculture through the introduction of a modern grain market. The ramifications of these reforms are still being felt throughout China and the globe, and The Road to Reform provides a real-time look at these plans as they were being formulated during the 1990s to the early 2000s.The second of a two-volume collection containing more than 100 speeches and personal papers by Zhu, this volume is a revealing and insightful look at Zhu''s thinking and will lead to greater understanding of one of the world''s two largest economic powers.
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Revolution and Reform in Russia and Iran

Revolution and Reform in Russia and Iran


The Russian Revolutions of 1917 and the Iranian Revolution of 1979 are two examples of dramatic, sudden and extraordinary political upheaval that significantly altered the nature of the state and society in the modern age. Here, Ghoncheh Tazmini provides an unprecedented comparative look at these two major revolutions of the twentieth century: their roots, events, impact and subsequent efforts to reform. By doing so, she draws the conclusion that in spite of their differing goals, ideologies and outcomes, these two defining upheavals share an important similarity: both occurred after years of rapid, state-sponsored modernisation efforts carried out against the backdrop of a form of government that bore all the hallmarks of a repressive autocracy. It was this kind of modernisation – a modernisation from above – that the author maintains heavily contributed to the socio-economic discontent and political instability that proved to be the downfall of the Romanov and Pahlavi dynasties. _x000D_ _x000D_ ‘Revolution and Reform in Russia and Iran’ offers a critical exploration of monarchies of Tsar Nicholas II and the Shahs Reza and Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and their attempts to implement modernisation from above. It furthermore examines the successful attempts of the revolutionary movements inspired and led by Lenin and the Ayatollah Khomeini to gain control of the state, and the subsequent efforts of these two men to shape both state and society according to their respective ideologies. _x000D_ _x000D_ Although these two experiences of revolution and reform are removed from each other both spatially and temporally, Tazmini highlights their similarities. She furthermore examines the successes and failures of their political elites, stressing the continuity of the dilemma surrounding the all-important issue of modernisation. Thus Tazmini demonstrates how these issues continue to impact the rule of men like Mikhail Gorbachev and Vladimir Putin in Russia, and Mohammad Khatami an

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“So You Think I Drive a Cadillac?”: Welfare Recipients’ Perspectives on the System and Its Reform, Third Edition

“So You Think I Drive a Cadillac?”: Welfare Recipients’ Perspectives on the System and Its Reform, Third Edition


This down-to-earth look at the welfare system provides readers with stories from welfare recipients themselves and from those who recently left welfare for work: how they got onto welfare, what the reality of welfare (and welfare reform) is for them, issues in raising their families, their plans, hopes, and dreams are for the future, and some of the struggles they face as they try to leave the welfare system.Welfare recipients who were interviewed by the author in Florida and Oregon share their perspectives on work requirements, family caps, time limits, and other features of the new welfare reform (TANF) program. They discuss the importance of a livable wage and health insurance in providing the needed security to leave welfare for good. These qualitative interviews are theoretically grounded, and supplemented with up-to-date statewide and national data on welfare reform and its consequences.The author says, “Underneath the political rhetoric and welfare statistics are real live human beings who are trying to make sense out of their lives.” Their voices provide a crucial counterpoint to the politicians and policy “experts” who have shaped the policy reform initiative. They show us that the so-called welfare problem is related to the insecurity of low-tier work in the United States.
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Cupcake Reform Tops Do-Nothing Congress’s 2014 Agenda

HR 056: The Confectionary Standards Amendment Act: Stipulates that the Congressional cafeteria must offer a wider variety of cookies and cupcakes, and mandates the formation of a Select Committee On Cookies and Cupcakes to decide the flavors and dimensions of said cookies and cupcakes. The act supersedes the Mandatory Dessert Control Act of 2012, which limited cookie choices to chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin, and cupcake frosting to chocolate and vanilla.

HR 444: The Congressional Relief Accessories Reform Act: Appropriates funds to provide scented toilet tissue in all Congressional lavatories. A special Congressional committee comprised of fifteen senior members will be appointed to investigate and choose between Hawaiian Breeze, Bamboo Rain and Red Honeysuckle Nectar.

HR 671: The Robert C. Pendleton Commemorative Coin Act: Allocates funds to create a silver coin commemorating Robert C. Pendleton for his heroic service to America, which was comprised of his choosing the official typeface for the Congressional Record in the face of fierce attacks from a team of graphic designers and calligraphers, resulting in the infamous Battle of the Fonts in 1948. The text of said coin will be written in the exact font for which Mr. Pendleton so gallantly fought.

HR 123: The Congressional Twitter Expansion Act: Authorizes members of the House of Representatives the exclusive privilege of utilizing 175 characters when engaged in the act of tweeting if said tweeting is conducted on the floor of Congress when the body is in session or during the State of the Union address.

HR 325: The Footwear Workers Facility Reform Act. Requires that soft fluffy cushions be added to the uncomfortable leather seats at the Congressional shoeshine parlor in order to preserve and protect the posteriors of Congressional representatives, and mandates that two additional shades of cordovan polish be included in an effort to prevent color discrimination.

HR 658: The Specialty Weapon Defense of Freedom Act. In keeping with the provisions of the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, minors over the age of six years will be permitted to carry squirt guns at day camp. Also stipulates that camp counselors will not be allowed to confiscate said items except in cases of severe leakage and inappropriate indoor usage.

HR 287: The Congressional Transportation Workers Freedom of Choice Act: Overturns the 1986 law that requires Congressional limousine drivers to wear long ties while on duty. Drivers will now be permitted to wear bowties instead, provided they are neatly tied and pass Federal neckwear regulations. Also allocates funds to provide for a staff of sixteen bowtie inspectors responsible for the approval of bowtie straightness, size and color.

HR 888: The Affordable Care Act International Employment Bill: Stipulates that all federally-appointed ACA customer service representatives employed by the Department of Health and Human Services be required to speak in foreign accents and refer to themselves with common American names. The member-appointed Select Committee on Bogus Customer Service Names will choose a list of prospective appellations for said employees, which will be followed by a floor vote.

HB 112: The Cooking Implement Recognition Proclamation Act: Designates May 9th of each year as National Spatula, Cheese Grater and Kebab Skewer Day. The legislation supersedes HR 560 of 1976, which formerly designated May 9th as Lost Sock Memorial Day.
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