Josh Hoxie

Josh Hoxie

Josh Hoxie directs the Project on Opportunity and Taxation at the Institute for Policy Studies. Follow him on Twitter: @JoshHoxie

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Thursday, August 03, 2017
Don't Lie to Poor Kids About Why They're Poor
Work hard and you’ll get ahead — that’s the mantra driven into young people across the country. But what happens when children born into poverty run face first into the crushing reality that the society they live in really isn’t that fair at all? "The United States leads the world in overall wealth...
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Sunday, March 12, 2017
The White House Budget Proposal Doesn’t Add Up
The political theater that passes for serious policy debate is about to run into an unfortunate reality as Donald Trump’s budget plan comes face to face with its arch-nemesis: arithmetic. It’s impossible to cut taxes, increase spending, and balance the budget. That’s not political bluster. That’s...
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Health Care Repeal Is a Stealth Tax Break for Millionaires
Great magicians are masters of diversion. They attract our attention with one hand while using the other to trick us into thinking a supernatural act is taking place. But even the best street performers could learn a lesson from the folks in Congress who are trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act...
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Thursday, December 29, 2016
Reducing Inequality in the Trump Era
In a lot of ways, 2016 was a big year for reducing inequality. Five states raised their minimum wage through citizen-led ballot initiatives. A job-killing free trade agreement, the TPP, was blocked as a result of massive public demonstrations against it. More recently, the city of Portland, Oregon...
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Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Who Voted for Wall Street?
During the campaign, Donald Trump said he wanted to fix our rigged economic system. And we can’t do that, he said, by counting on the people who rigged it in the first place. He talked a big game about Wall Street and the big banks. He repeatedly called out Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street behemoth,...
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Trump’s Trickle-Down Ticket
It was easy to get caught up in the circus that was the Republican National Convention. Rousing speeches (plagiarized and original) and raucous floor votes make for great television and funny internet memes. Unfortunately, as we’ve come to expect from events organized by Donald Trump, the...
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Thursday, May 05, 2016
Onshore Tax Havens
The first thing you notice on the cab ride from the airport to downtown Panama City is the skyscrapers. They’re architecturally beautiful, but jumbled together as if there was no plan or consideration for how they might look next to one another. What you might not notice is that they’re nearly all...
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Thursday, April 28, 2016
How to Redistribute Wealth—Without the Guillotine
I stumbled into the crowded bookstore on a cold winter day a few years ago, rushing to catch a glimpse of the author speaking in the back. As is my custom, I was late and his speech was well underway. The question and answer began and someone in the crowd asked something I hear often at events like...
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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Affluenza: An Outrage in All Its Forms
Which is worse, letting a rich kid off easy for a heinous crime or allowing an ultra wealthy adult to drain public coffers through bribery? These two scenarios may seem completely unrelated, but they both illustrate the corrupting influence of modern inequality—treating those at the top differently...
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Monday, October 26, 2015
Who Stands to Benefit the Most from Carl Icahn’s New Super-PAC? Carl Icahn.
The nation’s political system just doesn’t have enough influence from the billionaire class. That was apparently the sentiment, absurd as it may sound, behind billionaire Carl Icahn’s recent decision to launch a super PAC with $150 million of his reported $21 billion fortune. What does Icahn hope...
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