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Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Time out for a cat picture
This is such a good picture that I couldn't resist posting it.
Though we named this little fellow Sylvester when we adopted him (with his twin brother Gary) at the age of about 6 weeks 3-1/2 years ago, you can see why our initial name for him was Harry Potter. The lightning-shaped mark helped to distinguish him from his two black-and-white siblings. (Gary and one other were the gray-brown tabbies, presumably from a different dad if I correctly understand mixed fatherhood among kitten siblings from a single litter.)
He is one of the most vocal cats I've ever known, and likes everything except for loud noises, car rides, and all strangers.
I am the Wayne Perry Professor of Taxation at New York University Law School. My research mainly emphasizes tax policy, government transfers, budgetary measures, social insurance, and entitlements reform. My most recent books are (1) Decoding the U.S. Corporate Tax (2009) and (2) Taxes, Spending, and the U.S. Government's March Toward Bankruptcy (2006). My other books include Do Deficits Matter? (1997), When Rules Change: An Economic and Political Analysis of Transition Relief and Retroactivity (2000), Making Sense of Social Security Reform (2000), Who Should Pay for Medicare? (2004), Taxes, Spending, and the U.S. Government's March Towards Bankruptcy (2006), Decoding the U.S. Corporate Tax (2009), and Fixing the U.S. International Tax Rules (forthcoming). I am also the author of a novel, Getting It. I am married with two children (boys aged 16 and 19) as well as four (!) cats. For my wife Pat's quilting blog, see Patwig’s Blog.