Sam Pizzigati

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Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Let’s Talk Taxes; Let’s Talk Trillions
A hundred years ago, in 1913, Congress wrote into law a federal income tax. Lawmakers have been dotting the tax code, almost ever since, with an assortment of “never-minds” that hand most of us, at one time or another, discounts at tax time.
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Sunday, May 26, 2013
Money Still Can’t Buy Happiness
What makes us happy? In America, we’ve been asking this question ever since 1776, the year we declared for “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Back then, Americans seeking more happiness had little more than guesswork to go by. Now we have help: a new science of happiness with years of research findings behind it.
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Monday, May 06, 2013
Austerity Will Leave Us Crying ’96 Tears’
Aging baby boomers may remember a 1960s rock band that sported an all-time great name. That band — Question Mark and the Mysterians — may now have a worthy rival on the name front. Make way for Reinhart-Rogoff and the Austerians.
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Wednesday, March 06, 2013
The Luxury Fortress in Your Future
A dozen years ago, Brazil ranked as the world’s most unequal major nation . Brazil’s most affluent 10 percent were grabbing nearly 50 times more income, on average, than Brazil’s poorest tenth, over double the U.S.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Happy Birthday, Dear Income Tax
In February 1913, exactly a century ago, the Sixteenth Amendment gave Congress a constitutional green light to levy a federal tax on income. Later that same year, lawmakers made good on that opportunity. An income tax has been part of the federal tax code ever since. So what can we learn, as progressives, from this first century of income taxation?
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Monday, January 28, 2013
To End Extreme Poverty, Let’s Try Ending Extreme Wealth
Apologists for inequality have a standard retort to anyone who calls for a more equal distribution of the world’s treasure. If you took all the wealth of the wealthy and divvied it up equally among all the poor, the retort goes, no one would gain nearly enough to accomplish much of anything.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The Case Against Taxing the Rich: Still Shaky
Why do so many lawmakers in Congress oppose raising taxes on America’s wealthy, even just a little? The answer: We’ll never really know for sure.
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Wednesday, December 05, 2012
For Pete's Sake, What's Happened to Our Democracy?
Down through the millennia, specific individuals have changed the course of history. Some made their indelible mark through their intellect, some through their courage, and still others through the depth and breadth of their vision.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012
To Move Forward, We Must Learn from Our Progressive Past
Our contemporary billionaires, most Americans would agree, are exploiting our labor and polluting our politics. Can we shrink our super rich down to a less powerful — and more democratic — size? Of course we can. We Americans, after all, have already done that before.
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Monday, September 24, 2012
The 'Self-Made' Hallucination of America's Rich
Let's cut Mitt Romney some slack. Not every off-the-cuff comment he made at that now infamous, secretly taped $50,000-a-plate fundraiser in Boca Raton reveals an utterly shocking personal failing. Take, for instance, Mitt's remark that he has "inherited nothing."
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