Mark Willen

Mark Willen

Senior Political Editor, The Kiplinger Letter
Why Not a Ban on Tax Earmarks, Too?
Politics

Why Not a Ban on Tax Earmarks, Too?

The good, the bad and the ugly about the GOP’s temporary, nonbinding and limited earmark ban.
November 17, 2010
What the Election Results Mean for You -- and Your Pocketbook
Politics

What the Election Results Mean for You -- and Your Pocketbook

GOP gains in Tuesday’s congressional elections will bring big change. Or will they?
November 8, 2010
Budget Myths Obscure Hard Choices
Politics

Budget Myths Obscure Hard Choices

It’s time for voters to trade their blindfolds for green eyeshades and think more realistically about budget cutting.
October 13, 2010
The Small Business Conundrum
business

The Small Business Conundrum

Are we in love with the real thing or just the image?
October 7, 2010
14 Senate Races You Need to Watch
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14 Senate Races You Need to Watch

These races will decide whether the Senate follows the House in going Republican this fall.
September 30, 2010
Can the Tea Party Balance the Budget?
Politics

Can the Tea Party Balance the Budget?

The simple answer is no. In fact, the Tea Party is sabotaging its own most important goal.
September 17, 2010
Tests for the Tea Party on Tuesday
Politics

Tests for the Tea Party on Tuesday

Emboldened by its surprise win in Alaska, the Tea Party is looking east as it keeps fighting for control of the GOP.
September 13, 2010
Odds Improve for the GOP -- And for Tea Party
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Odds Improve for the GOP -- And for Tea Party

Next year's Congress will be a very different breed of animal.
August 26, 2010
Tax Hikes for Small Business?
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Tax Hikes for Small Business?

Would higher taxes for upper incomers put a damper on small business?
August 24, 2010
Do Americans Hate Muslims?
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Do Americans Hate Muslims?

America was built on the notion of religious freedom; that’s why it’s such an important part of the Constitution. But that principle faces a huge test…
August 19, 2010
An Unhappy Birthday for Social Security
Politics

An Unhappy Birthday for Social Security

Those who insist on blocking change to Social Security aren't doing future retirees any favors.
August 12, 2010
Pork Still Works for Most Voters
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Pork Still Works for Most Voters

Public anger at government spending and the rising debt still seems to stop when proposed cuts hit close to home.
August 10, 2010
Blind Faith in Republicans
Politics

Blind Faith in Republicans

Most Americans think a GOP Congress would be better at running the economy, but few can tell you just what that means.
July 28, 2010
Castle No Shoo-in For Delaware Senate Seat
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Castle No Shoo-in For Delaware Senate Seat

Republicans will be making a mistake if they take Joe Biden's old seat for granted.
July 22, 2010
Obama's "Failed" Presidency
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Obama's "Failed" Presidency

Eighteen months into his first term, pundits and partisans are engaged in a shallow debate over how the president will be judged. They’re missing the …
July 21, 2010
Are Federal Workers Overpaid?
Politics

Are Federal Workers Overpaid?

Republicans are building the case for a government pay freeze -- and eventually a cut -- as a way to reduce the deficit.
July 19, 2010
Tax Hikes on the Rich: Will Dems Blink?
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Tax Hikes on the Rich: Will Dems Blink?

Don't rule out a one-year extension of all the Bush tax cuts -- even those for high incomers.
July 16, 2010
Breaking Obama's Vow on Tax Hikes
Politics

Breaking Obama's Vow on Tax Hikes

Democrats move ever so slightly toward the card no one wants to play.
June 29, 2010
Next Incumbent to Go: S.C's Bob Inglis
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Next Incumbent to Go: S.C's Bob Inglis

At least one more incumbent is likely to see his career end when the votes are counted Tuesday night.
June 23, 2010
Maine Turns Down State Tax Tradeoff
Politics

Maine Turns Down State Tax Tradeoff

Voters reject more sales taxes in exchange for lower income taxes.
June 15, 2010
Should Voting Be Mandatory?
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Should Voting Be Mandatory?

It might be the best way to fix Washington's worst problem.
June 10, 2010
No, Health Benefits Won't Be Taxed
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No, Health Benefits Won't Be Taxed

And anyone who tells you that Kiplinger reported otherwise has it all wrong.
June 3, 2010
Obama's Katrina? Try Carter's Iran
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Obama's Katrina? Try Carter's Iran

Obama aides ought to be looking at 1979, not 2005, for lessons.
June 2, 2010
Do Americans Pay Too Much in Taxes?
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Do Americans Pay Too Much in Taxes?

The Tea Party says yes, but worldwide statistics suggest it's not that clear cut.
May 31, 2010
Time to End theTwo-Party System?
Politics

Time to End theTwo-Party System?

More politicians -- and more voters -- are feeling out of place in either the Democratic or Republican Party.
April 22, 2010
Obama as a Centrist. Really
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Obama as a Centrist. Really

The president is a pragmatist. That's why he's assailed from both sides.
March 31, 2010
Should Abortion Foes Block Health Bill?
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Should Abortion Foes Block Health Bill?

Abortion opponents in the House need to decide what their real goal is.
March 16, 2010