Sam Pizzigati

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

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 8:05am
We're All Subsidizing Free Lunches for America's CEOs
A generation ago, on National Secretary's Day, America's top corporate executives used to take their prized office assistants out to lunch.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 8:38am
The 64-Gazillion-Dollar Question
Peter Edelman has battled poverty for nearly half a century — first as a top aide to Senator Robert Kennedy, later as a state and federal official, and currently as a key figure at a widely respected law and public policy center in Washington.
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Sunday, July 22, 2012 - 8:15am
Mitt’s Offshore Shenanigans: The Bigger Story
Are America’s rich getting richer? They’re certainly making much more than ever before. Every official income measure we have shows that America’s most affluent are upping their incomes at a much faster clip than everyone else.
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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."
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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