Sam Pizzigati

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Monday, April 16, 2012
Pothole Nation
Investing in infrastructure used to be a political no-brainer. Politicians of nearly every ideological stripe supported government spending on everything from school buildings to bridges.
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Monday, December 12, 2011
Presenting America’s Ten Greediest of 2011
The greediest among us in 2011 probably haven’t been any greedier, as a gang, than any greedy of the recent past. They just seem that way. Why so? We have a whole new frame of reference. This fall’s sudden — and exhilarating — rise of the Occupy movement has helped us remember what we, as a society, had sadly forgotten: that decent, smart societies never let the few grab away rewards that ought to be shared among the many.
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Friday, December 09, 2011
Tis the Season to Be Jolly on Wall Street, Still
Financial industry insiders are grousing about a big downturn in annual bonuses. They should be thanking the rest of us - bombshell new research shows - for their continuing awesome good tidings.
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Tuesday, November 08, 2011
For the Corporate 1 Percenters, a 50 Percent Tax Discount
Over a quarter century ago, in 1984, the Washington, D.C.-based Citizens for Tax Justice released its first in-depth report on how much America's top profitable corporations were actually paying in taxes. America's top companies, this initial study found, were paying only 14.1 percent of their profits in taxes, less than a third of the corporate tax rate then in effect.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Remembering the Moment Our CEOs Dug In
Forty years ago, U.S. corporate honchos saw their power ebbing away - to a ragtag mob of long-hairs and loony social reformers. So they did what corporate honchos always do. They asked for a memo.
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Monday, August 29, 2011
A Tip for Joe the Machinist: Watch Your Back
You work hard. You do good work. You loyally stick with your employer through good times and bad. Do you have a right to a paycheck that rises over time? On any Labor Day over the last 50 years, the answer — from labor and management alike — would be obvious: Of course!
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Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Doing Debt Ceiling Battle the FDR Way
Against a Congress where zealously rich people-friendly conservatives hold the upper hand, how much can a President of the United States committed to greater equality realistically hope to accomplish?
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Deconstructing the “Federal Debt Crisis”
Once upon a time in America, back a century ago, our nation's rich paid virtually nothing in taxes to the federal government. And that same federal government did virtually nothing to better the lives of average Americans.
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Monday, May 16, 2011
Deconstructing a Paul Ryan Sound Bite
Rep. Paul Ryan from Wisconsin revels in his reputation as America's ultimate conservative policy "wonk." He plays the part well. At the drop of a hat, the Republican lawmaker can rattle off a stream of stats that make his rich-people-friendly budget nostrums seem almost reasonable.
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Monday, March 21, 2011
CEO Pay Bashing, Tea Party Style
Even hypocrites can sometimes have a point. Take Jim DeMint, for instance, the U.S. senator--and tea party favorite--from South Carolina. Earlier this month, DeMint came out swinging against the defenders of federal funding for public broadcasting. How dare the top execs at public TV and radio take our tax dollars, DeMint roared. These muckety-mucks, he charged, "are making more than the president of the United States."
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