Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, political activist, author, and lecturer. He is an institute professor emeritus and professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Chomsky is well-known in the academic and scientific communities as the father of modern linguistics. Chomsky received his PhD in linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1955. In 1961, he was appointed full professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics at M.I.T. According to the Arts and Humanities Citation Index in 1992, Chomsky was cited as a source more often than any other living scholar was during the 1980–92 period.
Steve Forbes is president and chief executive officer of Forbes and editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine. Since Mr. Forbes assumed his position in 1990, the company has launched a variety of new publications and businesses. In both 1996 and 2000, Mr. Forbes campaigned vigorously for the Republican nomination for the presidency. Key to his platform was a flat tax, medical savings accounts, a new Social Security system for working Americans, parental choice of schools for their children, term limits, and a strong national defense. Mr. Forbes continues to energetically promote this agenda.
Joseph Thorndike, a historian, is responsible for Tax Analysts’ Tax History Project website. He is writing a history of federal taxation during the Great Depression and World War II. Thorndike’s recent articles include pieces on the Civil War income tax, the history of Internal Revenue Service reform, and the tax ideology of Franklin D. Roosevelt. He is also a contributing editor for Tax Notes magazine. Thorndike received both his Masterʼs and PhD in history from the University of Virginia.
Michael Dale “Mike” Huckabee is an American politician and a member of the Republican Party. He was the governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007 and was a candidate in the 2008 United States presidential election. Huckabee is the author of several books, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, a public speaker, and a musician. He graduated magna cum laude from Ouachita Baptist University before attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He has two honorary doctoral degrees: a Doctor of Humane Letters, received from John Brown University in 1991; and a Doctor of Laws from Ouachita Baptist University in 1992.
Congressman Ron Paul of Texas is the leading spokesman in Washington for limited constitutional government, low taxes, free markets, and a return to sound monetary policies based on commodity-backed currency. He serves on the House Financial Services Committee, the International Relations committee, and the Joint Economic Committee. On the Financial Services Committee, Rep. Paul serves as the vice-chairman of the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee. Dr. Paul is the author of several books, including Challenge to Liberty; The Case for Gold; and A Republic, If You Can Keep It. He has been a distinguished counselor to the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and is widely quoted by scholars and writers in the fields of monetary policy, banking, and political economy.
Charles O. Rossotti is a businessman and former IRS Commissioner. From 1965 to 1969, Rossotti worked for Robert S. McNamara, becoming deputy assistant secretary of defense for systems analysis. In 1970, Rossotti and several Department of Defense colleagues co-founded American Management Systems, a technology and management consulting firm. Rossotti served as chief executive officer from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s. In 1997, Rossotti was named Commissioner of Internal Revenue where he served for five years. He detailed his experiences at the IRS in his book, Many Unhappy Returns: One Manʼs Quest to Turn Around the Most Unpopular Organization in America. He currently serves as a senior advisor with the Carlyle Group.
David M. Walker
David Walker is a certified public accountant and former Comptroller General of the United States, the head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Currently, he is the President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. Before his appointment to run the GAO, Mr. Walker served as a partner and Global Managing Director of Arthur Andersen LLP and in several government leadership positions. He continues to serve as a global accountability expert as chairman of the United Nations Independent Audit Advisory Committee and serves on the Boards of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and the Partnership for Public Service.
Neal Boortz is an American radio host, commentator, lawyer, and best-selling author. His popular radio show, The Neal Boortz Show, is a nationally syndicated program. Mr. Boortz is a staunch supporter of tax reform and advocate for the FairTax, a national retail sales tax designed to replace our current income tax system. Along with Congressman John Linder, he authored the #1 New York Times bestseller The FairTax Book and FairTax: The Truth. Before entering radio, he practiced law in the Atlanta area. Mr. Boortz attended Texas A&M University and received his law degree from John Marshall Law School in Atlanta.
Dr. Graetz is the Justus S. Hotchkiss Professor of Law at Yale Law School. His specialties include taxation, tax policy, health law and policy, and income security law and policy. Before coming to Yale, he taught at Georgetown, the University of Virginia, the University of Southern California, and the California Institute of Technology. He also served in the U.S. Treasury in Washington, D.C. in the early 1990s. His books on taxation include 100 Million Unnecessary Returns: A Simple, Fair, and Competitive Tax Plan for the United States, Death by A Thousand Cuts, and The Decline and Fall of the Income Tax.
Daniel Shaviro is the Wayne Perry Professor of Taxation at New York University Law School. His research mainly emphasizes tax policy, government transfers, budgetary measures, social insurance, and entitlements reform. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School. He spent three years in private practice at Caplin & Drysdale, a leading tax specialty firm, and three years as legislation attorney at the Joint Congressional Committee on Taxation where he worked extensively on the Tax Reform Act of 1986. In 1987, Shaviro began his teaching career at the University of Chicago Law School, and he later joined the New York University School of Law. His recent books include Taxes, Spending, and the U.S. Government’s March Toward Bankruptcy and Do Deficits Matter?
Dr. Burman is a Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute and director of the Tax Policy Center. He is an expert in public finance and modeling the effects of government policies on individuals’ and firms’ decisions. He has held high-level positions in both the executive and legislative branches, serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Analysis at the Treasury from 1998 to 2000, and as Senior Analyst at the Congressional Budget Office. Dr. Burman is also a visiting professor at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute and previously taught economics at George Washington University and Bates College.
John O. Fox
John O. Fox is an expert on United States tax policy and the author of If Americans Really Understood the Income Tax. Fox developed the arguments for this book over many years in conjunction with his tax policy seminar at Mount Holyoke. His book Ten Tax Questions the Candidates Don’t Want You to Ask challenged candidates to address major inequities in the tax laws. Fox practiced law in Washington, D.C., from 1964 to 2000, specializing in tax, business, and estate planning matters.
Steven R. Weisman
Before his recent move to the Peterson Institute for International Economics, Weisman was chief diplomatic correspondent of The New York Times. An award-winning journalist, he has covered politics, economics, and international affairs for more than thirty years. While at the Times Steven Weisman became a member of the editorial board in 1995, after having served as deputy foreign editor since 1992. Previously, he served as bureau chief in Tokyo from 1989 to 1992 and as bureau chief in New Delhi from 1985 to 1989, among other positions at the paper.
Herman Cain is the host of the radio talk show, The Herman Cain Show and President of THE New Voice, Inc., a business and leadership consulting company. He is also a FOX News Business Commentator and a North Star Writers Syndicated Columnist. Prior to entering radio and television, Herman was CEO and President of Godfather’s Pizza, Inc. He was also the past Chairman and Member of the Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and former Chairman and President of the Tax Leadership Council, the public educational component of Americans for Fair Taxation. Herman Cain graduated from Morehouse College with a B.S. in Mathematics. Earned his Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Purdue University.
Daniel J. Mitchell
Dan Mitchell is Senior Fellow at the CATO Institute and a strong advocate of a flat tax and international tax competition. Prior to joining Cato, Mitchell was a senior fellow with The Heritage Foundation, and an economist for Senator Bob Packwood and the Senate Finance Committee. He also served on the 1988 Bush/Quayle transition team and was Director of Tax and Budget Policy for Citizens for a Sound Economy. His articles can be found in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Investor’s Business Daily, and Washington Times. Mitchell holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University.
Lee Sheppard, a lawyer, has been a contributing editor at Tax Analysts for 20 years. She covers all areas of the tax law, including international taxation, corporate taxation, partnership taxation, bankruptcy tax, pensions, and tax accounting. Sheppard frequently speaks on tax subjects for the media and at conferences.
Robert S. McIntyre
Robert McIntyre is the director of Citizens for Tax Justice, a research and advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. whose mission, in the words of its Web site, “is to give ordinary people a greater voice in the development of tax laws.” He is a contributing editor for the American Prospect having written over fifty articles on the subject of taxation. He has also appeared on CNBC and testified before the Senate Budget Committee.
Richard Keith “Dick” Armey, Ph.D. is a former U.S. Representative from Texas’ 26th congressional district (1985–2003) and House Majority Leader (1995–2003). He was one of the architects of the “Republican Revolution” of the 1990s, in which Republicans were elected to majorities of both houses of Congress for the first time in four decades, and the chief author of the Republican Contract with America. Currently, he serves as the chairman of FreedomWorks, a Washington DC organization dedicated to “lower taxes, less government, and more freedom” according to its website.
Steven Entin is currently President and Executive Director at the Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation (IRET). Mr. Entin is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the Department of the Treasury. Mr. Entin represented the Treasury Department in the preparation of the Annual Reports of the Board of Trustees of the Social Security System, and conducted research into the long run outlook for the system. Prior to joining Treasury, Mr. Entin was a staff economist with the Joint Economic Committee of the Congress. Mr. Entin is a graduate of Dartmouth College and received his graduate training in economics at the University of Chicago.
J.D. Foster is the Norman B. Ture Senior Fellow in the Economics of Fiscal Policy at The Heritage Foundation. Before joining Heritage he was at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, where he was Associate Director for Economic Policy. Before joining OMB in June 2002, Foster served at the Treasury Department, where he was Senior Adviser in Economics at the department’s Office of Tax Policy. On Capitol Hill, he was the Legislative Director for Rep. Philip M. Crane (R-IL), then Vice Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Before that, he was the Executive Director and Chief Economist at the Tax Foundation, a Washington, D.C.- based research and education institution.
Scott Hodge is president of the Tax Foundation in Washington, D.C., a group “devoted to educating taxpayers about tax policy and the total tax burden borne by Americans at all levels of government.” Before joining the Tax Foundation, Scott was Director of Tax and Budget Policy at Citizens for a Sound Economy. He also spent ten years at The Heritage Foundation, including eight years as Heritage’s Grover Hermann Fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs. Scott began his career in Chicago where he helped found the Heartland Institute in 1984. He holds a degree in political economy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Scott has written and edited three books on the federal budget and streamlining the government and has authored over 100 studies on tax policy and government spending.
John Linder has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 1993, representing Georgia’s 7th congressional district. He has served in the United States Air Force, was a dentist and businessman, president of a lending institution, and a member of the Georgia House of Representatives before entering the House. Linder has also taken a leadership role in the effort to enact fundamental tax reform. His legislation, the Fair Tax Act (H.R.25), is a proposal for changing United States tax laws to replace all federal personal income taxes, payroll taxes, corporate taxes, capital gains taxes, self-employment taxes, gift taxes and inheritance taxes with a national retail sales tax and monthly tax prebate to households of citizens and legal resident aliens.
Allen Buckley is a certified public accountant and practices law with an emphasis on ERISA, tax, qualified and nonqualified deferred compensation and pension plans, employee benefits and executive compensation. Allen previously worked in the tax department of Touche Ross. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and Law Degrees from University of Georgia and University of Florida. Running as a fiscal conservative, he is currently a Libertarian candidate for a Georgia seat in the United States Senate.
Dr. Rahn is Chairman of the Institute for Global Economic Growth, a senior fellow with the Cato Institute and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, which regulates the world’s fifth largest financial center. In addition, he writes a weekly economic column for The Washington Times which appears in many other newspapers around the world. In 1982, President Reagan appointed Dr. Rahn as a member of the Quadrennial Social Security Advisory Council. During the 1988 Presidential campaign, he served as an economic advisor to President G.H.W. Bush. In 1990, he served as the U.S. co-chairman of the Bulgarian Economic Growth and Transition Project. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on economic issues more than seventy-five times.
Kelly Phillips Erb
Kelly Phillips Erb is a practicing tax attorney and tax blogger. She has both her JD and LL.M. in Taxation from Temple University School of Law. Her primary practice area is tax law. With the moniker, “Taxgirl” she blogs daily about a myriad of serious and entertaining taxation issues in the U.S. and around the world. Between her personal and business blogs, she gets over 10,000 hits a day.