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Jason Linkins

So That Happened: Clinton's Economic Message Doesn't Worry Wall Street Bankers Because They Don't Believe Her | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.18.2015 | Politics

This week, Hillary Clinton launched her campaign, but didn't order sofritas at Chipotle, the House of Representatives voted to offer upward of $250 bi...

Friday Talking Points -- Chasing The Scooby Van

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Strange but true, the "Scooby van" is now part of our political lexicon. Hillary Clinton herself is apparently to blame for this one, as this was the playful name she came up with for the van she used to get from New York to Iowa this week.

Jesse Rifkin

House Votes To Repeal Tax On Richest 0.2 Percent Of Americans | Jesse Rifkin | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives voted Thursday to give a tax break worth $269 billion to the richest few thousand estates in the country, a...

Zach Carter

Republicans Push $269 Billion Handout For Millionaire Heirs And Heiresses | Zach Carter | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans this week will vote to hand the heirs and heiresses of America's largest fortunes a $269 billion tax break by repealin...

Bill Maher Blasts Spoiled Rich Kids During 'New Rules'

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 03.14.2015 | Comedy

Though something called the "death tax" sounds ominous, Bill Maher explained on "Real Time" why taxing inherited wealth is actually a good thing. Name...

Heirs To Inherit $36 Trillion For Doing Nothing

CNBC | Robert Frank | Posted 05.29.2014 | Business

The greatest wealth transfer in history is underway, according to a new report. A study from the Boston College Center on Wealth and Philanthropy p...

The Need for Talk Radio Beyond Table Talk

Lori Sokol | Posted 11.05.2013 | Media
Lori Sokol

As a long-time writer, but a much more recent radio talk show host, I have found that there are simply some things that are spontaneously said aloud that, if given more time, would not only never have been said, but certainly never written down.

'B.S. It's What's For Dinner': Conservatives and Cattlemen Coddle Rich Kids, Stiff Seniors

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Organizations like the National Cattlemen's Beef Association are supposed to help their members by making sure people can and do buy their products. So why aren't they fighting the pro-rich-people austerity policies that are killing the market for beef?

Democrats Support for Progressivity Wanes

Jeremy Scott | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics
Jeremy Scott

As the appetite for tax reform grows, perhaps voters should be wary of Democrats' lip service for progressivity when they seem willing and eager to drop the only truly progressive tax in the code.

New Estate Tax Changes Leave Many Over Insured

Wm. Scott Page | Posted 03.18.2013 | Business
Wm. Scott Page

Taxpayers who were concerned prior to the new deal, and prepared for the worst with a generous life insurance policy, may now find themselves over-insured.

Save the Estate Tax by Smartly Dedicating Its Funds

Mitch Rofsky | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Mitch Rofsky

If liberals want to preserve the estate tax, the most progressive tax of all, they need to dedicate its revenues to a specific program, not just deficit reduction. But not all programs are created equal.

The New Deal

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There's going to be pain all around in whatever deal is struck. Most Americans are going to be directly impacted in one way or another by whatever bargain is made between President Obama and congressional Republicans.

The Essential Newt Gingrich -- Petty Tyrant, Thug

Paul Abrams | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

No one has been more of a divider and promoted the ugliness of politics more than Gingrich -- and he now accuses supporters of the 99% movement to be "un-American" and divisive.

The Truth About the "Death Tax"

Jim Worth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Worth

We can debate the merits of wealthy American's contributions to society. But the Republican win on the estate tax is a blow to the deficit -- and another nail in our economic coffin.

Wyoming Rep.: Estate Tax Rise Has Some Planning Death

AP | BEN NEARY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis says some of her Wyoming constituents are so worried about the reinstatement of federal estate taxes that ...

Teddy Roosevelt: Estate Tax Champion, Republican Icon

Los Angeles Times | Tim Rutten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Abolishing the estate tax has been a goal of some conservative Republicans since the 1940s, so it's easy to forget that its modern champion was a pres...

Dems Struck Dumb (Or, "Messaging for Milquetoasts?")

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Plenty of liberals are plenty upset with President Obama for that tax-cut deal he made with the Republicans.

Obama Tax Cut Compromise Capitulates on Estate Tax

Gary D. Bass, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary D. Bass, Ph.D.

As Obam gives in to those who despise fair taxation, the baseline will move further and further from his previously stated goals, to the point where even the best compromise is yet another win for the top half-percenters, adding even more to the disparity between the rich and the rest of us.

End Dynasty Welfare. Start the "Dynasty Tax"

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

cross-posted from It is time for the congress to stop giving dynasty welfare to the richest Americans. Conservatives love their word ...

Perlmutter: "We're Not England. We're Not Into Landed Gentry"

Kelly Maher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Kelly Maher

U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., speaking to The Denver Forum, suggested that untaxed inherited wealth -- beyond about $5 million -- is not the American way.

Timing George Steinbrenner's Death Could Mean His Heirs Will Dodge Estate Tax

AP | DAVE CARPENTER and STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

CHICAGO — Born on the Fourth of July, George Steinbrenner left the world stage with a great sense of timing too. By dying in 2010, the billiona...

What's Your (Tory) Name?

Nick Jefferson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nick Jefferson

Using this admitted rehash of the old "porn name" game, even the most humble amongst us can be instantly transformed into heavily-set, ruddy-cheeked, wobbly-jowled landed squires.

Super Wealthy Deathly Afraid Estate Tax Would Reduce Deficit

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

The wealthiest heirs having to pay their fair share and help cut the deficit. The horror! And the best part is: this all happens so long as Congress ... does nothing! Which it has proven incredibly good at!

Estate Tax Laws Uncertain With Old Tax Set To Expire

Wall Street Journal | LAURA SAUNDERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The possible expiration of the federal-estate tax has sent the normally staid world of estate planning into a frenzy of activity, as taxpayers try to ...

Of Death Panels and Tax Policy

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

The estate tax, which applies to transfers of assets to a person's heirs, is in reality little more than a conservative talking point. It is the "death panel" of tax policy and conservatives refer to it as such.