Dec 30, 2016 - 3:30pm

Above the Fold’s Top Five for 2016

2016 was a year full of surprises. But what were Above the Fold readers most interested in in 2016?

Quite a variety. From fixing our unsustainable entitlement programs to lawsuit abuse to regulations, readers were curious about many public policy issues affecting the business community.

Let's count down the top five most-read posts of 2016.

5. America’s Entitlement Problem, in One Chart

At the turn of the century, federal mandatory spending programs ate up an already massive 58% of the tax revenue our government was bringing in, according to the Congressional Budget Office. By 2015, that number had grown to 78%. That leaves lawmakers to fight over an increasingly tiny slice of the budget pie.

4. Come and Take It: Texas Resident Fights $2 Billion Wood Pile Lawsuit

Government prosecutors in Hunt County are seeking an astronomical amount from Kirk Grady and Republic Waste Services of Texas, alleging that Grady violated 13 Texas water and health codes by keeping a pile of wood on his land before selling it to Republic Waste in 2002.

3. White House Floats Cadillac Tax Change. It goes Down Like a Lead Balloon.

In February, the White House offered changes reducing the number of workers and employers hit by the Cadillac Tax. However, tweaks don’t  change the basic fact that higher taxes aren’t the answer to more affordable coverage.

2. Senator Warren’s Bullying


Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren at a Senate Banking Committee hearing.
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.

In her attacks on the SEC, it’s apparent that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) cares more about fiery, populist rhetoric than good policy—or the law for that matter.

1. New York Times Declares President Obama 'Regulator in Chief'


President Barack Obama at a press conference at the White House.

President Barack Obama “will leave the White House as one of the most prolific authors of major regulations in presidential history.”

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