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New Report: The Financial Industry Costs U.S. Taxpayers Trillions

Lynn Parramore | Posted 07.26.2016 | Business
Lynn Parramore

America's financial system is broken for all but a few at the top -- that much is plain. The rest sense that we are stuck on the minus end of some great financial formula, but given the complexity and size of Big Finance, it's hard to pin down exactly why it happens and how it all adds up.

Stop Raiding Taxpayers to Pay for Stadiums That Leave Fans High and Dry

Ryan Rudominer | Posted 05.17.2016 | Sports
Ryan Rudominer

As fans, we love the game of football, and we love our favorite teams. But when billionaire owners and politicians use our hard earned tax dollars to fund stadiums at the expense of the fan experience and other local priorities, it leaves a bitter taste in our mouths.

It's True: America Is an Overweight Welfare State... But for Whom?

The Heller School | Posted 04.27.2016 | Politics
The Heller School

Since the dawn of modern American political history, conservatives have railed against the left for supporting social welfare. America's welfare programs, so the story goes, create cultures of dependency that weigh down the economy. Who caused this tremendous burden on the U.S. taxpayer?

Fleecing the American Taxpayer: The Profit Incentives Driving the Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

If there is an absolute maxim by which the federal government seems to operate, it is that the American taxpayer always gets ripped off. Not only are...

Verizon NY Paid Virtually No Taxes Since 2003; Averaged $2.5+ Billion in Losses a Year for Five Years*

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.12.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Yes, it is tax season yet again and you probably paid more taxes than Verizon NY. (NOTE: Verizon's other incumbent phone companies are using the same 'questionable' financial book keeping, but their accounting is not public.)

Mayor de Blasio's Citywide Savings Program: Too Little of the Really Good Stuff

Carol Kellermann | Posted 02.25.2016 | New York
Carol Kellermann

During his first year in office Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped the practice of four predecessors and did not include in his financial plan a set of savings plans known as the Program to Eliminate the Gap, or PEG.

Officeholders Running For President: It Takes A Pillage

Larry Goanos | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Larry Goanos

Psst, you ... yeah, you. I have a job offer you can't refuse.

15 Things You Should Know About Trump's Tax Plan

GOBankingRates | Posted 12.23.2015 | Politics
GOBankingRates

By Chuck Epstein, Contributor Republican presidential candidate and billionaire Donald Trump has shown he is politically controversial. His proposed ...

Tax Dodging Just One Part Of Pfizer's Corrupt Business Model

William Lazonick | Posted 12.06.2015 | Business
William Lazonick

If Pfizer is cash-constrained, it is far more likely that it is the golden handcuffs of stock-based executive pay that are the source of the problem.

Thanks to Sports Fans, NFL to Stop Profiteering Off Troops

Ryan Rudominer | Posted 11.24.2015 | Sports
Ryan Rudominer

Few things bring the country together during the year like football and Thanksgiving is no exception. For millions of families, watching football on Thanksgiving is as much a part of the day as turkey, stuffing, or sweet potato pie.

What the 'Steve Jobs' Movie Won't Tell You About Apple's Success

Lynn Parramore | Posted 10.26.2015 | Business
Lynn Parramore

Mazzucato debunks common myths about how innovation works and shapes a new narrative on how to grow a robust and inclusive economy. Think that iPhone in your pocket is simply a product of Silicon Valley magic? Think again!

Germany's Leadership Role in Advancing Economic Freedom: Opportunity for All, Favoritism for None

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 06.19.2016 | World
Natasha Srdoc

The topics of strengthening the transatlantic partnership and advancing economic freedom were brought to the forefront, when we gathered in Brussels at a dinner event of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in December 2014.

How Is Jamie Dimon Like a Smoker on an Airplane?

Lynn Parramore | Posted 06.18.2016 | Business
Lynn Parramore

Smokers selfishly pursued their own pleasure without facing up to the harm they were visiting on others. The rules offering a no-smoking section resemble the ineffective capital requirements that the industry lobbyists persuade regulators to adopt.

Senators Note Paying NFL Teams To Honor Vets Not Great Use Of Taxpayer Money

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 06.05.2015 | Sports

You think?

The New Progressive Agenda: A Return to Citizenship

Toni Morrison | Posted 05.12.2016 | Politics
Toni Morrison

The difference between understanding oneself as a "citizen" and understanding oneself as a "taxpayer" is not merely wide; it is antagonistic. A citizen thinks primarily about his or her community. A taxpayer thinks mostly about himself or herself. The Progressive Agenda seeks to return us to the adult responsibility of being citizens to each other.

Contractors: Fairness, Size and Influence

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 05.12.2016 | Small Business
Lisa Gilbert

The federal contracting process needs to be fair. This isn't a statement that most would dispute. Nor would anyone likely take issue with the ideas that small businesses should have a fair shot when they go seek government dollars to do work.

The Undeniable Benefits of Housing Counseling Are Worth Every Cent

Garrick T. Davis | Posted 05.04.2016 | Business
Garrick T. Davis

The case for the widespread use of housing counseling in America's residential housing marketplace is both simple and straightforward.

Want to Fix Illinois' Economic Development Agency? Put it Out to Pasture

Hilary Gowins | Posted 05.01.2016 | Politics
Hilary Gowins

Illinois' economy is sputtering. And it's not because the state's economic development agency isn't doing its job. In fact, it's partly because the agency exists in the first place.

The Importance of Increasing Efficiency in New York City Government

Carol Kellermann | Posted 06.27.2015 | New York
Carol Kellermann

Mayor Bill de Blasio has thus far declined to require city agencies to meet targets for increasing efficiency in the delivery of government services. In doing so, he has broken a pattern established by every mayor since the fiscal crisis in the 1970s.

Taxes and Your Wallet

Mike Smith | Posted 06.17.2015 | Money
Mike Smith

Taxes and Your Wallet

Fly Me to the Moon!

Clayton Anderson | Posted 06.06.2015 | Science
Clayton Anderson

Yes, I know the current push by our Federal Space Agency on social media is #JourneytoMars, but are we ready? Really ready? Nope, I don't think we're even close.

What We Could Have Done With the $5.8 Billion the Government Lost to Tax ID Theft

Adam Levin | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
Adam Levin

Imagine you were President, or Speaker of the House, and one day you woke up and discovered that you had an extra $5.8 billion dollars to spend. What would you do with the cash? A new aircraft carrier (or half of one, anyway)?

Greece: Who Really Should Pay?

Nancy K. Humphreys | Posted 04.08.2015 | Business
Nancy K. Humphreys

Today, trying to find a reason for my unease with what's happening to the Greek people, I took a look at the definitions of two forms of risk that investors can incur when buying foreign debt: systemic risk and sovereign risk.

Hottest Year on Record, 2014, Brings Economic Opportunity

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 03.09.2015 | Green
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

With 2014 weighing in as the hottest year on record, the window to mitigate global warming rapidly shrinks. It's time to eliminate the debate that action on climate change will harm economic growth.

It's Time for the US to Reconsider its Relationship With Egypt

David Oualaalou | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

In light of the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East with no end on sight, what is one to make out of the contradictory relationship between the United States and Egypt. Of interest, is the latest decision by the Egyptian government to deny entry to a former U.S. diplomat, Michele Dunne, to attend a conference in Cairo.