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Elizabeth Warren Simplifies Thomas Piketty: 'Trickle Down Doesn't Work. Never Did'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics

The No. 2 author on Amazon's best-seller list, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, weighed in Thursday night on the No. 1 book, identifying overlapping themes. ...

The Promise of Redistribution

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

The ancient promise of a just society is a command that should ache in our hearts as we gaze upon the effects of our own political indifference. Turning away is the very worst kind of redistribution: a callous misallocation of the human capacity to do the right thing.

My Top Quotes in Illinois

Madison Bondi | Posted 10.01.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

The pension crisis still has no solution, and as each day passes, the Illinois taxpayers are the ones who pay the piper -- literally. It's cost ‪‎taxpayers‬ $21 billion since 2000, and it's only getting worse.

Why The Income Gap Keeps Widening

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 06.17.2013 | Business

Income for the country's top 1 percent has soared by 275 percent over the past 30 years, while growth for the rest of us has stagnated. A new study f...

When Tax Reform Means Soaking the Rich

Joseph J. Thorndike | Posted 07.07.2013 | Politics
Joseph J. Thorndike

Tax reform has evolved into one of the emptier platitudes of U.S. politics. Politicians support "tax reform" in the same way that they support "a strong national defense," "fiscal responsibility," and "pro-growth economic policies." It's a brave statement in search of a challenge. Is anyone ever against tax reform?

How Democrats Will Destroy Progressive Government

Joseph J. Thorndike | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
Joseph J. Thorndike

Our whole national argument about taxes -- we pay too much! They pay too little! -- is misplaced. At best, it's a proxy for the real argument we should be having. To use Holmes's terms, we argue endlessly about the price when we should be debating the civilization.

Radical Reform of the Tax System Is Urgently Needed

Allan Brawley | Posted 04.09.2013 | Business
Allan Brawley

Is what I am proposing pretty radical and does it face an uphill battle in Congress? Absolutely. But the stakes are enormous for the country and nickel-and-dime tinkering with the tax system will not fix the problem.

The Income Tax Is Inquisitorial -- Get Over It

Joseph J. Thorndike | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics
Joseph J. Thorndike

Basically, income taxes require vigorous enforcement. If people don't like that sort of heavy handed tax collection, then there are always options with (arguably) less intrusive procedures.

Letter to the President

Allan Brawley | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Allan Brawley

We cannot have millions of Americans living in dire poverty -- many working full-time -- while the tax-dodging elite purchase bigger and better yachts, more private jets, countless offshore havens, and the best lobbyists and lawmakers that money can buy.

Heading for the Cliff: Why the Republican Low Tax Dogma Is Doomed

Marten Weber | Posted 11.30.2012 | Gay Voices
Marten Weber

The real mystery is, although Mr.Norquist and his ilk seem like smart guys, why do they and so many others in the Republican Party not recognize the conundrum they are facing?

We Built That

Ron Davis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ron Davis

President Obama's "You didn't build that" comment inspired much bluster from the talking heads. We almost had a substantive discussion, but the red meat was too delicious for the commentators to resist.

Dear OWS: Y R U MIA?

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 11.03.2012 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

The Occupy Movement and the slogan "We are the 99%" resonated with millions. You once had a powerful voice. It was a strong voice, but not always clear. Today you are conspicuously silent.

Is the IRS' 'Marriage Penalty' Real?

Jason Alderman | Posted 10.09.2012 | Money
Jason Alderman

Marriage does indeed have many financial ramifications -- both good and bad -- and several involve the dilemma over whether to file income taxes together or separately. Let's sort through the noise.

Is It Time To Drop Income Taxes?

Reuters | David Cay Johnston | Posted 03.08.2012 | Business

(The author is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.) By David Cay Johnston Jan 6 (Reuters) - This i...

More Regressive Tax Code Contributed To Growing Income Inequality Before Crisis: Report

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.03.2012 | Business

A national shift toward a more regressive tax code played a significant role in further increasing the wealth gap in the years leading up to the finan...

Supply-side's Abject Failure

Andrew Fieldhouse | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Andrew Fieldhouse

I applaud the president for making the case against regressive tax cuts as the lodestar of economic policy. We cannot afford to double down on the failed, plutocratic pipe dream that is trickle down economics.

The Super Committee's Predictable Failure

Al Checchi | Posted 01.27.2012 | Politics
Al Checchi

Debating tax policy now is putting the cart before the horse. The real issue is what the government should be doing. Then we can worry about how we should pay for it.

Gates: 'The Rich Should Pay Somewhat More' Than Everyone Else In Taxes

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.31.2011 | Business

Another super-rich celebrity is voicing support for taxing himself more than other Americans. Billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates said in an ...

For New York's Taxpayers, Facts Are Facts

Daniel Squadron | Posted 12.17.2011 | New York
Daniel Squadron

As the debate over the millionaire's tax continues, we would like to clarify a few key points.

People Are Happier In Countries Where The Rich Pay Higher Taxes: Study

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.08.2011 | Business

Detractors of Warren Buffett take note: The more a country taxes its richest citizens, the happier everyone in that country will be. Such are the f...

Simon Johnson: Tax Reform The Answer To U.S. Debt Crisis

New York Times | Simon Johnson | Posted 09.06.2011 | Business

Three views emerge on whether the United States will default on its government debts, as I talk to people on and close to Capitol Hill. The first is, ...

AARP Spins to Defend Support for Cutting Social Security

Daniel Marans | Posted 08.20.2011 | Politics
Daniel Marans

It's bad enough that AARP is betraying the wishes of its members and throwing its support behind Social Security benefit cuts. Doing it under the false pretense that benefit cuts are inevitable is even worse.

Five Progressive Tax Increases That Washington Won't Talk About

Daniel Marans | Posted 08.07.2011 | Politics
Daniel Marans

Did you know that millionaires and billionaires only make payroll tax contributions on earnings of $106,800? If you didn't, it could be because you are among the 94% of American earners who make less than that amount.

Cutting Taxes Will Boost Entrepreneurship: Kauffman Foundation

Tim Kane | Posted 06.12.2011 | Business
Tim Kane

What's the secret sauce for job creation? Step one is to identify who actually creates jobs (hint: entrepreneurs). Step two is to find the best way to stimulate them.

Finding the Good in the 'Good Old Days'

Sam Pizzigati | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sam Pizzigati

Sometimes we can move forward by turning the political clock back -- if we know exactly where to stop.