Ideal Taxes Association

There are, broadly speaking, three different types of question about a tax. What would increase welfare more – the use that taxpayers would make of the money or the use the government will make of the money? Is the burden of the tax distributed fairly? And what effect will it have on work and saving? -- Attributed to Ursula K. Hicks

Ideal Taxes Association is a non-profit corporation whose purpose is to sponsor research on public revenue and expenditure policies and their social and economic effects, and to publish articles and books related thereto.

So far, we have only published one book, Trading Away Our Future: How to Fix Our Government-Driven Trade Deficits and Faulty Tax System Before it's Too Late (2008) written by our President, his son, and his grandson. Our President, Dr. Raymond Richman, is professor emeritus of public and international affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago. Milton Friedman was his dissertation advisor.

His son Dr. Howard Richman co-authored articles in theoretical psychology when he worked with Nobel Laureate Herb Simon at Carnegie-Mellon University and now teaches economics on the Internet. If you would like an interview with Howard 724-783-6512 to set up an appointment.

His grandson, Dr. Jesse Richman, is an assistant professor of political science at Old Dominion University with a doctorate from the Political Economy program at Carnegie-Mellon University.

The above photo shows, left to right, Raymond, Jesse, and Howard Richman

Raymond L. Richman, President
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  • [An] extensive argument for balanced trade, and a program to achieve balanced trade is presented in Trading Away Our Future, by Raymond Richman, Howard Richman and Jesse Richman. “A minimum standard for ensuring that trade does benefit all is that trade should be relatively in balance.” [Balanced Trade entry]

    Journal of Economic Literature:

  • [Trading Away Our Future] Examines the costs and benefits of U.S. trade and tax policies. Discusses why trade deficits matter; root of the trade deficit; the “ostrich” and “eagles” attitudes; how to balance trade; taxation of capital gains; the real estate tax; the corporate income tax; solving the low savings problem; how to protect one’s assets; and a program for a strong America....

    Atlantic Economic Journal:

  • In Trading Away Our Future   Richman ... advocates the immediate adoption of a set of public policy proposal designed to reduce the trade deficit and increase domestic savings.... the set of public policy proposals is a wake-up call... [February 17, 2009 review by T.H. Cate]