Paul Buchheit

Paul Buchheit

screen_shot_2017-01-23_at_8.39.57_am.pngPaul Buchheit is a college teacher, an active member of US Uncut Chicago. His latest book is, Disposable Americans: Extreme Capitalism and the Case for a Guaranteed Income. He is also founder and developer of social justice and educational websites (UsAgainstGreed.org, PayUpNow.org, RappingHistory.org),  and the editor and main author of "American Wars: Illusions and Realities" (Clarity Press). He can be reached at paul [at] UsAgainstGreed [dot] org.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011
Watch Out America, Some Greedy Companies May Be Headed Your Way
A number of Illinois corporations are threatening to leave the state unless their taxes are cut and state government is reduced in size. Governor Quinn and Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel are desperately trying to negotiate peace with Republican leaders, who have proposed a 50% state tax cut for the particularly contentious Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Chicago Board Options Exchange. For the rest of us, the state tax rate is up 66%, our biggest city has the highest sales tax in the country, and utility and transportation fees are being increased.
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Sunday, October 16, 2011
Laughing Until It Hurts
With 99% of America standing up to them, the super-rich probably don't feel very funny right now.
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Monday, September 12, 2011
Go Berserk, Young Man
And young woman, of course. You're being cheated by a free-market system that is out of control. Consider that a single individual (John Paulson) made enough money last year to pay the salaries of 100,000 teachers. 100,000 jobs. All those potential salaries ($50,000 each) diverted to a man who started making his billions by betting against the U.S. mortgage market.
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Monday, August 22, 2011
Why the Rich Should Pay Higher Taxes
Wealthy Americans will recoil at the suggestion, likely responding with the tired mantra that the top earners pay most of the income tax. But two points can be made in response to that: (1) federal income tax is only a small part of the burden on the middle class. Based on data from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy , the total of all state and local taxes, social security taxes, and excise taxes (gasoline, alcohol, tobacco) consumes 21% of the annual incomes of the poorest half of America.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
The Question Conservatives Can't Answer
The following fact was sent to numerous conservative pundits, politicians, and profitseekers: Based on Tax Foundation figures, the richest 1% has TRIPLED its share of America's income over the past 30 years. Much of the gain came from tax cuts and minimally taxed financial instruments. If their income had increased only at the pace of American productivity (80%), they would be taking about a TRILLION DOLLARS LESS out of our economy. And a question was posed:
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Gini's Growing Fast (or How Much Can One Man Make?)
The Gini Coefficient is a measure of economic inequality, from 0 to 1, with 1 representing the most severe degree of inequality. The U.S. Gini, one of the highest among developed countries, has risen steadily, from .39 in 1970 to .47 in 2009.
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Thursday, June 30, 2011
Oh Say Can You Seethe..
Another Independence Day, and times are tough for everyone. No, not everyone. Sit back, get uncomfortable, and choose any one of these facts to make you mad. (1) The financial maneuverings of a single hedge fund manager made him enough money in one year to give a $30,000 per year job to every one of the 168,000 unemployed people in Louisiana .
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Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Dependence Day
Another July 4th is coming soon, and we'll sing with pride about living in the land of the free and the home of the brave. But freedom and bravery are ambiguous words. Our freedom to maintain an American lifestyle depends on oil from foreign countries, and the alternatives of coal and natural gas would entrap us in a poisoned environment.
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Thursday, June 02, 2011
War Is Peace. Freedom Is Slavery. Ignorance Is Strength. Tax Cuts Generate Revenue
The political system may be different from Orwell's time, but the corruption and propaganda remain. We all have to 'sacrifice' to balance the budget. As Time Magazine wailed : "Do the nation's leaders have the courage to cut health entitlements or Social Security?" And the horses say, "We will work harder."
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Seven Oil Industry Sins
The oil and gas industry pays its fair share in taxes. --Chevron CEO John Watson US Uncut Chicago has compiled the U.S. and foreign income tax payments of major corporations and industries over the past three years. By far the greatest disparity exists in the oil industry, which paid 4.4% to the U.S. government and 41.1% to foreign governments.
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