Bob Lord

Bob Lord

Bob Lord, a veteran tax lawyer and former congressional candidate, practices and blogs in Phoenix, Arizona. He is also an Institute for Policy Studies associate fellow.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
The Arithmetic of the CEO-Worker Pay Divide
The Economic Policy Institute reported earlier this month that the average CEO of the 350 largest firms in the U.S. pocketed $18.9 million in 2017, a 17.6 percent pay increase over 2016. At the same time, typical worker compensation remained flat, rising merely 0.3 percent. If you do some quick...
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"If the Republican tax plan becomes law, Americans in the Middle 40 won’t just see their share of national wealth continue to slide. They’ll see their actual wealth tumble as well." (Image: Common Dreams) Views
Monday, December 18, 2017
The GOP Tax Plan Will Complete the Destruction of America’s Middle Class Wealth
The wealth of America’s middle class, under siege for four decades, is now hanging on life support. That life will end if the basic Republican tax plan, as now envisioned by House and Senate majorities, ever becomes law. By “middle class,” we mean America’s “Middle 40,” that stratum of American...
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 'So hardly any farm families actually face any estate tax liability. But are those who do face this liability getting taxed unfairly? Are family farm heirs being forced to “sell the family farm”? No, not even close." (Photo: Don Graham/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Inside the Pity-Our-Farmers Tax ‘Reform’ Scam
he politicians currently scheming to repeal the federal estate tax — America’s only tax levy on grand concentrations of private wealth — don’t have any good arguments to make. They have only bogus sob stories. The most bogus of them all: the claim that the estate tax is forcing hard-working farm...
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"So enjoy the candy, America. The Mars family will keep the cash." Views
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Candybars and Billionaires: This Year's Real Halloween Horror
The Mars family has made billions selling us M&Ms, Snickers, and countless other Halloween treats for a century now. But when it comes to paying tax, the Mars family seems to be all tricks and no treats. In fact, the family’s latest tax trick may have cost the U.S. Treasury a whopping $10...
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Trump’s Tax Plan: A Billion or Three for Guys Like Him
What’s the largest personal stake a U.S. president has ever had in legislation he signed into law? Whatever it was, it’ll be dwarfed by what Donald Trump’s signature will be worth — to himself — if Congress passes his proposed tax plan and puts it on his desk. If that happens, Trump will be...
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Sunday, May 01, 2016
Inequality Will Get Worse Until There’s a Revolution
Imagine, after a deep sleep, you suffered the fate of Rip Van Winkle and woke in the spring of 2040. What might you find? Among other things, maybe a presidential candidate railing against America’s concentration of wealth. Except this time, it’s not the 1 percent that owns as much wealth as the...
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Wednesday, December 09, 2015
Will Any Presidential Candidate Connect Federal Tax Policy and Police Killings?
An 18-year-old Mike Brown was walking to his grandmother’s house one summer afternoon in Ferguson Missouri. An officer stops him for jaywalking. He ends up lying dead in the road for four hours. Walter Scott is pulled over for a broken taillight in a high poverty area in South Carolina. He flees-...
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Sunday, November 02, 2014
The 0.01 Percent’s ‘I Reap All’ Accounts
Do you remember when Mitt Romney’s IRA made headlines during his failed 2012 presidential campaign? That outsized retirement stash estimated at between $20 and $102 million probably led President Barack Obama to propose limiting the buildup of IRA values. It turns out that Romney’s gigantic IRA was...
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Arizona School Superintendent John Huppenthal on Democracy Now! in 2012 discussing his ban on Chicano American studies programs in school. (Screenshot via Democracy Now!) Views
Sunday, June 29, 2014
When Public Servants Demonize the Poor
For years I’d wondered about the identity of a gaggle of anonymous commenters on Blog for Arizona, the website to which I frequently contribute. These guys weighed in a lot and were very eager to burnish the reputation of Arizona School Superintendent, John Huppenthal. Ultimately, my fellow writers...
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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Dr. King’s Nightmare
As we commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s 85 th birthday, we’ve all come to know his dream. Above all else, he dreamed that one day this nation would rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
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