Sam Pizzigati

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

Articles by this author

Views
Monday, June 25, 2012 - 1:08pm
Founders Would Be Unamused by Tea Party's 'No Taxes' Schtick
Not too long ago, Americans only dressed up in George Washington wigs and tri-corner hats on the Fourth of July. But then the tea party came along. Colonial garb started turning up at rallies all year around. In quick order, the legacy of 1776 started "belonging" to the tea party crowd. The Founding Fathers, the tea partisans claimed, wouldn't abide government interference in their lives. And neither should we. If we today just stayed true to 1776, the United States would remain forever "exceptional."
Read more
Views
Monday, May 21, 2012 - 3:35pm
Facebook and Tahrir Square, Revisited
Remember the heady days of the Arab spring? People in motion. Democracy breaking out all over. And right in the middle of everything... Facebook!
Read more
Views
Monday, May 14, 2012 - 2:01pm
No Country for Rich Men
Back in 1863, a short story took the American reading public by storm. Edward Everett Hale's The Man without a Country told the tale of a poor treasonous soul sentenced to spend the rest of his life endlessly sailing the world in perpetual exile, as a prisoner aboard Navy warships.
Read more
Views
Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 12:45pm
A Rich Man's Message to America: You Need Us To Get Even Richer!
How can you tell a really smart rich guy from a really silly one? The really smart one would never spend four years writing a book that tries to justify the incredible riches of incredibly rich people. Mega-millionaire Edward Conard has done just that.
Read more
Views
Monday, April 16, 2012 - 2:19pm
Pothole Nation
Investing in infrastructure used to be a political no-brainer. Politicians of nearly every ideological stripe supported government spending on everything from school buildings to bridges.
Read more
Views
Monday, December 12, 2011 - 8:37am
Presenting America’s Ten Greediest of 2011
The greediest among us in 2011 probably haven’t been any greedier, as a gang, than any greedy of the recent past. They just seem that way. Why so? We have a whole new frame of reference. This fall’s sudden — and exhilarating — rise of the Occupy movement has helped us remember what we, as a society, had sadly forgotten: that decent, smart societies never let the few grab away rewards that ought to be shared among the many.
Read more
Views
Friday, December 9, 2011 - 9:10am
Tis the Season to Be Jolly on Wall Street, Still
Financial industry insiders are grousing about a big downturn in annual bonuses. They should be thanking the rest of us - bombshell new research shows - for their continuing awesome good tidings.
Read more
Views
Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 11:36am
For the Corporate 1 Percenters, a 50 Percent Tax Discount
Over a quarter century ago, in 1984, the Washington, D.C.-based Citizens for Tax Justice released its first in-depth report on how much America's top profitable corporations were actually paying in taxes. America's top companies, this initial study found, were paying only 14.1 percent of their profits in taxes, less than a third of the corporate tax rate then in effect.
Read more
Views
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 3:17pm
Remembering the Moment Our CEOs Dug In
Forty years ago, U.S. corporate honchos saw their power ebbing away - to a ragtag mob of long-hairs and loony social reformers. So they did what corporate honchos always do. They asked for a memo.
Read more
Views
Monday, August 29, 2011 - 7:57am
A Tip for Joe the Machinist: Watch Your Back
You work hard. You do good work. You loyally stick with your employer through good times and bad. Do you have a right to a paycheck that rises over time? On any Labor Day over the last 50 years, the answer — from labor and management alike — would be obvious: Of course!
Read more

Pages