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The Great Tax Heist and “The General Welfare”

by Anna Wrobel   THE TAX THEFT being perpetrated by Republicans will create little that is living, but will instead produce a growing austerity. The big winners will continue to siphon our public treasury for private gain at ever greater speed and volume, with no legal compulsion that the wealthiest receivers do anything constructive for the economy nor for […]

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GOP to Low-Income Americans: Tough Noogies

by Marc Jampole   AS MANY OTHERS have pointed out, the Republican Party hasn’t wasted any time letting the other shoe drop. They’re dancing their standard two-step of first creating a deficit by cutting taxes on the wealthy and then wailing that the deficit is hurting the economy — of course, the only way to fix it by […]

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To Create More Jobs, Tax the Job Creators More!

THE MORE UNCLE SAM TAKES, THE MORE THEY’LL WANT by Gary Ferdman   LAST WEEK, Donald Trump’s chief economic advisor Gary Cohn gave new meaning to the term “speaking truth to power” by proclaiming: “The most excited group out there are big CEOs, about our tax plan.” Ever since 1974, when conservative economist Arthur Laffer sketched his infamous […]

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OpEdge: The Koch Administration

by Marc Jampole FUNNY HOW everything seems to always work out well for some people. Take the Koch brothers, David and Charles, who kept a billion dollars in their and their associates’ pockets that they had planned to spend to sway the 2016 presidential election for just about any Republican candidate other than Donald Trump. […]

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OpEdge: Two Agendas for America’s Future

by Marc Jampole WE’VE SEEN two agendas for America’s future released within a 24-hour period: the new Contract for America by New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (in order of size of population represented), which they presented in Washington, D.C., and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s plan to grow […]

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OpEdge: Obama on Taxes, What Took Him So Long?

by Marc Jampole BARACK OBAMA STARTED with Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate. Six years later the opposition holds both. Why did the President wait until he was in the overwhelming minority to push for higher taxes for the wealthy and lower taxes on the middle class? True, a few years back, Democrats […]

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OpEdge: Ignoring the Poor

by Marc Jampole Whenever there is a contentious issue between the two dominant political parties, the Democrats and many Republicans immediately depict their positions as better for the middle class. Below you’ll find a few of the thousands of quotes which put the middle class front-and-center in the recent “fiscal cliff” confrontation. I place “fiscal […]

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Frameworks for Post-Election Activism

by Dick Flacks “Marvin, what do we do now?” That famous final line in Robert Redford’s 1972 film The Candidate was meant to sum up the ways that big time electioneering obliterates politicians’ purpose and vision. This is a very important moment to ask the question — understanding that the ‘we’ refers not so much […]

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