Alfredo Ortiz

Articles by Alfredo Ortiz

Ortiz & Gray: Flatten the COVID-19 Fear

Public officials should pivot from “flattening the curve” to “flattening the fear.” The data demonstrate that younger and otherwise healthy Americans face little risk of dying from this disease. Most people should immediately get back to living their daily lives without fear, boosting our beleaguered economy.

In this Friday, March 20, 2020, file photo, as beachgoers are seen in the background, yellow caution tape wrapped across Waikiki in Honolulu. Hawaii's governor has instituted a mandatory 14-day self quarantine starting Thursday, March 27, of all people traveling to the state as part of efforts to fight the …

Ortiz: Bloomberg’s ‘Medicare for All’ Plan Will Bankrupt America

“Mike’s plan will allow people to keep their private insurance,” reads his website, and “create a Medicare-like public insurance option.” By pursuing a public option that would destroy private insurance markets, Bloomberg and his travelers are trying to eat their cake and have it too.

Bloomberg healthcare plan builds on ACA, includes 'public option'

The Top Three New Challenges Facing Small Business

The rate of business starts is hovering near the lowest level in recorded history on a per capita basis. More businesses closed than were opened at the beginning of this decade for the first time in a generation. Why are things so bad right now?

A general view of atmosphere at Small Business Saturday Night on November 29, 2014 in New York City.

Follow Ireland’s Example on Corporate Tax to Stop Inversions

Ireland’s 12.5 percent corporate tax rate has encouraged several major U.S. companies like Medtronic, Pfizer, Johnson Controls, and Baxalta to move there in tax inversions in recent months, saving them billions of dollars of taxes and protecting themselves from international competition in the process.

Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks provides a copy of the u.s tax code during a campaign stop at an Embassy Suites hotel on June 29, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Is The Unemployment Rate Lying To You?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is out with its February jobs report, showing that the unemployment rate is 4.9 percent—a post-recession low.

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, file photo, a sign attracts job-seekers during a job fair at the Marriott Hotel in Colonie, N.Y. The Labor Department reports on state unemployment rates for July 2015 on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

Putting First Jobs on the Chopping Block

Many successful Americans from Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer to Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins have spoken glowingly about their first job in the workforce. Mayer was a cashier at a grocery story in her home state of Wisconsin, where bagging groceries instilled a “great work ethic” and taught her the art of efficiency. Cousins picked up golf balls at a Michigan driving range, which showed him how to live on a budget and save for the future.

Help Wanted' sign is posted in the window of an automotive service shop on March 8, 2013 in El Cerrito, California.

‘Working Americans Credit’ Gets Bipartisan Support

President Obama and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan disagree on a lot. But both support expanding one of the most successful government programs in history: the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to help working Americans.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., listens as Treasury Secretary Jack Lew defends President Barack Obama's new budget proposals, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Rep. Ryan, who agrees with Obama on extending the earned income tax credit to more workers without children, says …

What The New York Times Gets Wrong on Tax Inversions

Companies keep leaving the United States for greener pastures. Over the past decade, more than 50 U.S. companies have participated in so-called tax inversion and moved their corporate headquarters overseas.

The logo of Johnson Controls stands over its production plant on March 1, 2009 in Hanover, Germany.

Pull the Curtain Back on Hidden Taxes

As we all start to get our W-2s and interest statements, we start to realize how much money the government takes directly out of our paychecks. While it is often shocking to see it added up for one year–to quote Rachel from Friends–“who’s is FICA and why is he getting all my money?”–it is important that we not forget all the hidden taxes we pay on everything from cellphone bills to alcohol.

J. D. Montgomery holds a sign on the street outside of the James C. Corman Federal Building encouraging motorist to express their anger at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on their final day to file 2005 income taxes on April 17, 2006 in Van Nuys, California. Montgomery says he has …