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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“The way we deal with economic precariat is to discipline the poor. We try to cajole the private sector to deal with problems” he said. “This hasn’t worked for the past 40 years.” (Photo: Michael Vadon/Flickr/cc) Views
Monday, April 02, 2018
Cable TV Ignores Inequality; Here’s How to Get Around It
If you saw even a single Bernie Sanders speech during his insurgent 2016 presidential bid, or during his 30 years in public office prior, you know he’s worried about rising economic inequality. The big question he wants to know is, why aren’t you just as worried? The Vermont senator recently...
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Wednesday, February 07, 2018
While School Secretary Gets $1.50 per Week, Koch Brothers Get $27 Million per Week
Love is in the air. Or so the marketers want us to believe, as Valentine’s Day ads sweep the nation into a frenzy of buying flowers, greeting cards, and confections to communicate our affection. Washington is less forthcoming with the adoration, especially for working people. You’re probably tired...
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"Maybe if we spent less on massive handouts to the wealthiest companies in the world, we’d have more to spend on sick children." (Photo: Steve Rhodes/Flickr/cc) Views
Friday, January 19, 2018
Apple Avoided $40 Billion in Taxes. Now It Wants a Gold Star?
The public relations spin doctors are working overtime at Apple this week. The tech giant just announced that it will pay $38 billion to the U.S. Treasury in taxes brought home from overseas—and “create” some 20,000 new jobs. It pledged to invest $350 billion in the U.S. over the next five years...
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Saturday, January 13, 2018
I Live in a ‘Shithole Country.’ It’s Called the United States
It takes a level of pomposity inconceivable to most of us to describe another country as a “shithole.” It’s unfortunately just one more of the obnoxious, racist, and altogether absurd statements we’ve come to expect from President Donald Trump. If the president were to venture beyond the manicured...
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"Perhaps most telling is a poll from Politico that initially pegged support at 48 percent in early October — which dropped 12 points to 36 percent in just two months." Views
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
Everyone Hates This Tax Bill
As the Trump tax cuts fly through Congress at breakneck speed, one has to wonder: What’s the big rush? Surely a body known for gridlock and deliberation would want to hold hearings, interview stakeholders, and gather public input before restructuring the world’s largest economy. Instead, the tax...
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Thursday, November 09, 2017
The Best of Times, The Worst of Times
Charles Dickens opened A Tale of Two Cities , perhaps his most famous tome, with the now iconic line, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” The book is set in London and Paris during the late 1700s, the lead up to the French Revolution. While revolution appears unlikely in the near...
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That’s what a marketing blitz looks like, and there’s one coming for the Trump tax plan. It will be well-produced, well-orchestrated, and completely devoid of facts. Views
Thursday, September 07, 2017
Tax Cuts for the Rich Help the Rich, Not You
Soon you’re going to hear about taxes. You’ll see images of families flashing across your TV screen while a soothing narrator assures you that the tax plan being debated in Washington really is good for you. The newspapers you read, the social media apps you scroll through, the websites you...
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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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