Chuck Collins

Chuck Collins

Chuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies where he co-edits Inequality.org, and is author of the new book, Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good.  He is cofounder of Wealth for the Common Good, recently merged with the Patriotic Millionaires. He is co-author of 99 to 1: The Moral Measure of the Economy and, with Bill Gates Sr., of Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
An Independent Thinker’s Guide to the Tax Debate
For 40 years, tax cutters in Congress have told us, “we have a tax cut for you.” And each time, they count on us to suspend all judgment. In exchange, we’ve gotten staggering inequality, collapsing public infrastructure, a fraying safety net, and exploding deficits. Meanwhile, a small segment of...
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Friday, September 29, 2017
Indiana Farmer Complaining about Estate Taxes with Trump Cashed $3.3 Million in Farmer Subsidy Checks
Kip Tom, the Leesburg Indiana farmer who will stand today with President Trump complaining about the federal estate tax, cashed over $3.3 million in farm subsidy checks, including $2.6 million between 2004 and 2014, the most recent data available. Kip Tom and Tom Farms is one of the biggest corn...
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The causes of this racial wealth divide have little to do with individual behavior. Instead, they’re the result of a range of systemic factors and policies. Views
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Racial Inequality Is Hollowing Out America’s Middle Class
America’s middle class is under assault. Since 1983, national median wealth has declined by 20 percent, falling from $73,000 to $64,000 in 2013. And U.S. homeownership has been in a steady decline since 2005. While we often hear about the struggles of the white working class, a driving force behind...
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“We’re facing a powerful array of forces that includes big corporations, the Koch Brothers, and anti-tax think tanks,” says Frank Clemente, co-founder and director of Americans for Tax Fairness. (Photo:  Yuri Keegstra/flickr/cc) Views
Sunday, September 03, 2017
The Coming Tax Fight — and Why We Need You!
Are you ready to resist? With Donald Trump’s August 30 tax cut speech in Springfield, Missouri, the great tax fight of 2017 has now begun. The Trump tax cut plan, the President blustered in Missouri, will raise wages and benefit America’s working people. “This speech was an extraordinary effort to...
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Saturday, August 12, 2017
What Would It Really Take to Reverse Inequality?
While there is now widespread understanding that extreme income and wealth inequality is growing and has negative impacts on society, most proposed solutions fail to address deeper systemic drivers. If we misdiagnose an illness, we are likely to prescribe an insufficient or even dangerous remedy...
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Eight Lessons US Progressives Can Learn From the UK Labour Party
In March, progressive activists in the United Kingdom had reason to feel deeply discouraged. Nine months earlier, a majority had voted for Brexit, setting in motion plans to pull the U.K. out of the European Union. Then Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May decided to call a "snap election" with...
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017
What Happened to America’s Wealth? The Rich Hid It.
If you find yourself traveling this summer, take a closer look at America’s deteriorating infrastructure — our crumbling roads, sidewalks, public parks, and train and bus stations. Government officials will tell us “there’s no money” to repair or properly maintain our tired infrastructure. Nor do...
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Saturday, May 20, 2017
Congress Wants to Cut Your Health Care — And Billionaires’ Taxes
Members of the House GOP were in a hurry on May 4 to pass their bill to gut Obamacare. They rushed it through before anyone even had a chance to check its cost or calculate its impact on people’s access to insurance. Their urgency, however, had little to do with health care. The real reason for the...
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Thursday, April 20, 2017
Congrats, Graduates! Here’s Your Diploma and Debt
It’s that time of year again. Flowers are flowering, spring is springing, and across the country college graduates are graduating with their newly awarded degrees held high. Also high is the mountain of student debt most of these recent graduates are taking on. All told, 44 million Americans now...
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Saturday, February 25, 2017
Wall Street Hopes You’ve Forgotten the Crash Already
Remember October 2008 — the bank bailouts, the spiking unemployment rate, the stock market free fall? Maybe you lost a job, got a pay cut, or saw your retirement savings or home value evaporate. Maybe you even lost your home altogether, or saw your small business wither and die. It’s a hard thing...
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