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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Monday, March 14, 2011
Pay Up Now, Corporations
PayUpNow.org is an online effort to 'uncut' the cutbacks by promoting boycotts of corporations who pay little or no federal income tax. According to a U.S. Senate subcommittee report, eliminating tax havens could save $100 billion a year. That's a conservative estimate. The IRS calculated that companies and individuals are holding up to $5 trillion in foreign tax havens.
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Monday, February 14, 2011
How Wall Street Greed Fueled Egypt's Turmoil
Many reasons have been cited for the runaway food costs that have plagued Egypt's citizens: increased global demand, floods and drought in grain-producing nations, reduced supplies because of biofuel production, Federal Reserve policies. But it's becoming clear that our own dirty little secret -- risky financial derivatives, like those that spurred the U.S. mortgage crisis -- have bubbled up from the toxic Wall Street pavement as a major cause. We need to dig deeper into the dirt.
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Friday, February 11, 2011
A Diogenic Quest for an Honest Conservative
The goal is straightforward: to find one sensible and factual reason why the richest 1% deserve to have TRIPLED their share of the U.S. income pie since 1980. This amounts to an extra TRILLION dollars a year, OVER AND ABOVE the already sizable share they would have held if they had just maintained their 1980 share. A trillion dollars is seven times more than the budget deficits of all 50 states combined. If this massive redistribution had not occurred, every American family would be making approximately $12,500 more per year.
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Thursday, January 20, 2011
The Big Obscenity: A Trillion Dollars a Year to the Richest 1%
If you make less than $114,000 a year (90% of us), you've been financially damaged by the flow of income to the richest 1% of Americans over the past 30 years. Based on Internal Revenue Service figures, if middle- and upper-middle class families had maintained the same share of American productivity that they held in 1980, they would be making an average of $12,500 more per year.
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Thursday, December 30, 2010
Middle Class and Mad in the USA
"I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" --Peter Finch as Howard Beale in Network Maybe a better movie analogy is Albert Brooks trying to get his money back from the casino in Lost in America. How can we possibly get the money to balance the budget? In Ashtabula County in Ohio, the police force was cut by more than half, and a judge suggested that the county residents arm themselves.
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010
10 Reasons Not to Tax the Rich. And Why They're All Bad
We hear them all the time, the reasons for unrestricted capitalism, minimal government, lower taxes for the rich. So often that many Americans start to believe them. But the facts and common sense reveal good reasons NOT to NOT tax the rich. (1) The rich deserve what they earn because of hard work and initiative.
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Thursday, September 30, 2010
Where's the Voice of the Young People?
My generation once shouted down the establishment, protested the war, rejected material possessions. Then the draft ended and we lost our idealism. Now we run the wars. Our arrogant old generals refuse to admit that we don't need the bloated monstrosity that sucks nearly a trillion dollars a year out of the economy. Martin Luther King said it over 40 years ago, when he condemned the spending of billions on war instead of on education and society.
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Thursday, September 02, 2010
Top 10 Reasons for Higher Taxes on the Top 1%
Funding for our country's children is being cut, but we allow a hedge fund manager to make enough money to pay the salaries of every public school teacher in New York City. Most of his earnings are taxed at a rate less than that of his secretary. We haven't been able to do anything about it because the cry of 'socialism' from the top generates fear in the minds of average Americans. It's a meaningless cry. Here are ten reasons why the wealthiest 10% of us, and especially the richest 1%, should be paying higher taxes.
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Thursday, July 22, 2010
Give Us Your Lavishly Rich, Your Xenophobic
Immigrants. Taking our jobs and public assistance. The cause of all our problems. But it's not true. We're blaming people who are struggling day-by-day to survive on their own or support their families, while we applaud a system that allows a financial expert to make enough money to pay the salaries of 50,000 police officers. Here are some facts: The Census Bureau and the World Wealth Report 2010 both report increases for the top 5% of households even during the current recession.
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Lottery Economy
Does limited government mean allowing one man to take $4 billion from the economy in one year? Hedge fund manager David Tepper did this in 2009, making enough money to pay the salaries of every police officer, firefighter, and public school teacher in Chicago. To anyone who cries socialism at the first hint of taxes, do you want to accept a system that says a person making a clever bet on the market is 50,000 times more valuable than the person who comes rushing to your house in an emergency?
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