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Why We Are Losing the Tax Reform Debate

Martin Lobel | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Martin Lobel

Reform does not mean raising taxes on the rich. It means cutting tax subsidies to the rich to slow the dramatic shift of wealth from the middle class to the very rich.

The Tax Code in Action: Charity Starts at the Top

Dean Baker | Posted 03.31.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

The right-wing thinkers at Heritage may object that they have the right to pay their president whatever they feel like. Of course they are right, but the issue here is whether they have the right to force taxpayers to subsidize the bloated salary they pay to their president.

GOP Makes Powerful Case for Huge Inheritance Tax Increases

Paul Abrams | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

As Republicans are so agitated about maintaining incentives (for others) to work their fingers to the bone, should we not increase the inheritance tax to preserve the financial incentives for wealthy heirs to work?

The Affordable Care Act Will Raise Wages

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Mary Manning Cleveland

Mayor DeBlasio and other good Democrats may not understand how public benefits raise wages, but their opponents sure do.

Our Taxpayer Dollars: Going to Waste and Wealthy Corporations

Jaimie Woo | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Jaimie Woo

Let's help our budget crises by continuing billion-dollar handouts to huge, profitable agribusinesses. Apparently, that's what Congress thinks.

To Get the Money Out of Politics, Take Politics Out of the Money

Peter Kay | Posted 03.10.2014 | Hawaii
Peter Kay

We hear endless lamentations about how corrupt our political process has become; that special interest groups with wealthy anonymous donors fund the campaigns of politicians who in-turn endorse legislation which favors these groups. For the most part, it's true.

Conservation Needs Strong International Trade Laws

Ted Danson | Posted 02.03.2014 | Green
Ted Danson

The United States is a world leader in ocean conservation and fisheries reform. The ongoing TPP negotiations are an irreplaceable opportunity for us to enact sweeping, trans-oceanic change.

The World in 50 Years - An Energy Perspective

Badr Jafar | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Badr Jafar

If we are to succeed in seeing a less polluted, yet still prosperous, future, governments and societies alike must focus policy on promoting the fuels which strike the right balance between cost, scalability, efficiency, and environmental impact.

Where Is Obama on Climate Treaty?

Kyle Ash | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Kyle Ash

The seriousness of global climate disruption demands leaders with a global view of the problem, who are willing to do everything in their power as quickly as possible.

Atlanta's Turner Field Is Dying -- And American Sanity Is Dying With It

Will Bunch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Will Bunch

The news that the Braves plan to abandon it is simply stunning. What happened? The Braves say they want to be closer to their real fan base in the affluent northern suburbs, and hey, that's capitalism, I guess. Except here's the thing: It's not.

Taxpayers Are STILL Subsidizing Billionaires

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.07.2013 | Business

Congress recently altered the country's farm bill, cutting billions from the food stamp program over the next decade. That comes after more than a ...

How Cooking At Home Helps Fight Hunger

Alison Cayne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Taste
Alison Cayne

Demand for SNAP benefits is proof that we are living in a time of long-term unemployment and a very deep recession. Moreover, we have a food system that artificially makes healthy, simple food more expensive than processed non-food.

The Mom Wars Conspiracy

Toni Nagy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Toni Nagy

We can point fingers and argue over the biological realities and psychological influences, but that is missing the point. Moms and dads feel inadequate, as it were only their fault that they can't be two in places at one time, when in reality, they are dealing with a systemic problem.

Larry Ellison Is a Conservation Leader

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Dr. Reese Halter

And as Larry Ellison knows when you make your own energy to run football fields of servers storing most of the business data, globally and there's extra energy left over -- then it's sold back into the grid, maximizing the investment.

Getting It Right

Rep. Stacey Abrams | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rep. Stacey Abrams

Remedies are available for most of the ills of Healthcare.gov and the ACA, and as a nation that prides itself on innovation and reinvention, we are honor-bound to find the right prescription.

Republicans, You Are to Blame! Get Over It

Atiba Madyun | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Atiba Madyun

They reaffirmed what many in this nation want to deny. We the People, moved FORWARD! It is time for YOU, the Republican Party to do the same, or be left further BEHIND!

Republicans Want Smaller Government? Opt-Out of Those Dirty Socialist Programs - What Is Stopping You?

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

We know the shutdown is not about fiscal responsibility. If it was, Republicans would not have run up the deficit under W by trillions of dollars with two unpaid wars, unpaid Medicare prescription plan, and the Bush tax cuts.

Tea Party: They Don't Believe in Science, They Don't Know History, They Don't Do Math -- But They Are Obsessed With Extremism

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

This conservative, austere budget has been rejected for months. Their goal is not really about defunding ObamaCare. Their goal was to force their extreme agenda onto the American people.

The Chicken Industry Loves Federal Handouts

Paul Shapiro | Posted 11.18.2013 | Green
Paul Shapiro

Why would the government do this? In their announcement, the feds were pretty clear: "for surplus removal." In other words, since the poultry meat industry produced more chickens than it could sell, the government will step in and provide a cushy taxpayer bailout.

The GOP Is Now Against Tax Breaks -- If They Help the Middle Class Buy Health Care

Jason Sattler | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Jason Sattler

What if I told you about a $1.3 trillion disaster passed mostly under a contortion of the Senate rules known as "reconciliation" and signed into law by a new, untested president whose legitimacy was questioned by millions?

The Truth About Amazon and Job Creation

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 09.29.2013 | Business
Stacy Mitchell

Of all the places President Obama might give a speech on job creation, an Amazon warehouse is a particularly perplexing choice. Here are five ways Am...

In The Public Interest : Four Reasons Lawmakers Are Scrutinizing How Companies Turn Settlements From Wrongdoing Into Tax Write Offs

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

The oil giant BP paid for cleanup and compensation for their massive Gulf oil spill, and rightfully so. But was this a "necessary and ordinary cost of doing business" that deserved a $10 billion tax break? I think most of us would respond with a resounding, "no!"

The Tax Code Flunks a Carbon Audit

William S. Becker | Posted 08.22.2013 | Politics
William S. Becker

Policy geeks - I use that term with love -- have been waiting patiently for the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to reveal how the U.S. tax code inf...

We Don't Need to Sugarcoat the Cure for Climate Change

Kelly Rigg | Posted 08.10.2013 | Green
Kelly Rigg

Here's a question I bet no one has ever asked before: What do Mary Poppins and the International Energy Agency have in common? Answer: Both like to dish out their medicine with a spoonful of sugar.

New Data Show Walmart, Whole Foods Free Ride on Taxpayers at the Expense of Small Businesses

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 08.07.2013 | Business
Stacy Mitchell

By leaning on taxpayers, these chains are gaining an unfair financial advantage over more responsible businesses. The public cost of ensuring that employees of these companies have health insurance and enough to live on represents, in effect, a hidden corporate subsidy.