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, 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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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The Grand Delusion: Higher Taxes "Soak" the Rich
Squeezing, gouging, soaking, it's all the same, and it's all wrong. The richest Americans, we hear it said, pay most of the federal income taxes. That's true. But since 1980 their AFTER-TAX SHARE of America's income has TRIPLED. That's a trillion dollars a year in extra income for the wealthiest 1%. A trillion dollars is seven times more than the budget deficits of all 50 states combined.
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Thursday, May 05, 2011
How Does Big Oil Gouge Us? Let Us Count the Ways
It's not just at the gas pump. The oil companies don't pay much in federal income taxes , either. Over the past five years Exxon has paid at a 3.6% rate (federal tax as a percentage of total pre-tax profits). Chevron was little better at 5.6%. Marathon paid 12%, Conoco Phillips 17%.
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Friday, April 29, 2011
We Should Buy From the Companies That Pay Taxes
A study of federal corporate income tax payments over five years revealed a lot about the tax avoidance skills of some of our favorite companies. Very few Fortune 500 firms came close to the maximum statutory rate of 35%. Some paid nothing at all.
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