I am not an economist, a political scientist or a network T.V. commentator. I am the son of a Greek immigrant. As such, I have my own theory as to the root cause of the Greek financial crisis. Or, if it's not the singular "root cause," it's certainly a major factor in its creation.
What is really going on is the game is being rigged. Corporations get huge tax breaks and subsidies, a few billionaires and plutocrats get the cash, and We the People, the 99 percent, have to make up the difference.
A soda tax is not a ban on sugary beverages. It's simply a more comprehensive reflection of the full costs individuals and society bear due to excess consumption.
If we reduce the tax rate on profits multinational corporations claim they earned abroad, it will only increase the incentive for multinationals to shift profits and jobs offshore.
We all remember that first summer job after our 16th birthday. Some of us can remember bussing tables, working the drive thru window or mowing yards for some extra money.
As legalization of cannabis moves from "Whether" to "How," revenue for government might be part of any reform law.
Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek looked at five new or increased taxes Illinois and Chicago residents could be subjected to by the end of the summer.
Numerous opinion surveys in recent years indicate that substantial majorities of Americans not only recognize that the gap between the wealthy and everyone else has grown, but favor greater economic equality.
For decades the idea of a financial transactions tax (FTT), in effect a modest sales tax on stock, bonds, derivatives and other financial assets, has been a fringe idea pursued by a small group of progressive politicians. Now that situation is changing.
While there are generous exclusions allowed when it comes to capital gains on the sale of a home, timing is crucial and the clock is ticking.
"I'm opening up a small business and want to know what financial services, like banking and taxes, you recommend that most people don't consider when starting out. Also, are taxes for companies filed separately from individuals?"
As we approach our nation's birthday, barbeque, swimming, and fireworks tend to dominate our thoughts. Hopefully we can make time for another thought, even if it's brief and in between hot dogs, about the men and women who helped make our country and how they weren't very different from us.
The US has spent some $110 billion on Afghanistan's reconstruction. More than half ($60 billion) has gone to build the Afghan security forces, including the Afghan National Army and the various police forces.
The last thirty years have seen private sector dominance of government. The results are disastrous and clearly seen. Tax codes and laws were established to benefit specific corporations and industries, while creating barriers to entry for new technologies and small companies.
So what exactly would you do, if you were guaranteed $1,000 per month for the rest of your life? And yes, that's around what the amount would most likely be here in the United States, at least at first.
But Jindal's time might have passed -- if it ever even existed. He's not as fresh a face on the political scene as he once was.