Sam Pizzigati

Sam Pizzigati edits Too Much, the Institute for Policy Study's online weekly newsletter on excess and inequality.

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Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 8:30am
Danger Ahead: Our Disappearing Pensions
How’s your 401(k) doing? Working Americans ask themselves this question — and angst about the answer — a great deal these days. And why not? For most Americans, retirement reality has turned chillingly stark: Either you have a robust set of investments in your 401(k) or you’re facing some really rocky happy years.
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 12:54pm
Blowing the Whistle on the 'Charitable-Industrial Complex'
Inequality has a silver lining. At least the awesomely affluent think so. If we didn’t have grand fortunes, their claim goes, we wouldn’t have grand philanthropy. No foundations and handsome bequests for underwriting good causes. No gifts and grants by the tens and hundreds of millions.
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Monday, July 15, 2013 - 10:42am
Why Do Americans Live Lives So Short?
Let’s talk life expectancy. The stats first. They tell a clear story: Americans now live shorter lives than men and women in most of the rest of the developed world. And that gap is growing.
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Monday, June 24, 2013 - 8:43am
A Congress Only CEOs Could Love
Only 10 percent of Americans now have confidence in Congress, Gallup has just informed us . No other major institution in American life today has this low an approval rating. In fact, adds Gallup, no major American institution has ever had an approval rating this low.
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Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 11:33am
Let’s Talk Taxes; Let’s Talk Trillions
A hundred years ago, in 1913, Congress wrote into law a federal income tax. Lawmakers have been dotting the tax code, almost ever since, with an assortment of “never-minds” that hand most of us, at one time or another, discounts at tax time.
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Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 10:41am
Money Still Can’t Buy Happiness
What makes us happy? In America, we’ve been asking this question ever since 1776, the year we declared for “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Back then, Americans seeking more happiness had little more than guesswork to go by. Now we have help: a new science of happiness with years of research findings behind it.
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Monday, May 6, 2013 - 8:39am
Austerity Will Leave Us Crying ’96 Tears’
Aging baby boomers may remember a 1960s rock band that sported an all-time great name. That band — Question Mark and the Mysterians — may now have a worthy rival on the name front. Make way for Reinhart-Rogoff and the Austerians.
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 2:15pm
The Luxury Fortress in Your Future
A dozen years ago, Brazil ranked as the world’s most unequal major nation . Brazil’s most affluent 10 percent were grabbing nearly 50 times more income, on average, than Brazil’s poorest tenth, over double the U.S.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 8:03am
Happy Birthday, Dear Income Tax
In February 1913, exactly a century ago, the Sixteenth Amendment gave Congress a constitutional green light to levy a federal tax on income. Later that same year, lawmakers made good on that opportunity. An income tax has been part of the federal tax code ever since. So what can we learn, as progressives, from this first century of income taxation?
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Monday, January 28, 2013 - 12:25pm
To End Extreme Poverty, Let’s Try Ending Extreme Wealth
Apologists for inequality have a standard retort to anyone who calls for a more equal distribution of the world’s treasure. If you took all the wealth of the wealthy and divvied it up equally among all the poor, the retort goes, no one would gain nearly enough to accomplish much of anything.
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