The False Impasse Over Aid to Israel

With most stalemated international negotiations, the reasons for both the impasse and the continuation of talks are easy to understand. A range of possible agreed outcomes exists, with some more favorable to one party and some more favorable to the other, and with each side naturally trying to get as good a deal as it can. For each party, there is at least some possible agreement that would be better than no agreement at all. The parties keep bargaining because each would lose something if they failed to reach an agreement.

Revealed: IRS Admits Tax Code Is Too Complex to Enforce

In an ideal world the federal government would collect all of the taxes that it was owed—and then spend only what it intended to. Unfortunately, things aren’t that simple.

Instead, every year we have a “tax gap,” which is the difference between what the government believes it is owed, and what it actually takes in, and “improper payments,” which refers to the government sending money to those it doesn’t mean to (paying benefits to deceased persons, for example).