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Dear Royal Baby: We Americans Apologize for Our Revolution; Please Be Our Absolute Monarch

Things like freedom of the press and freedom of speech, which seemed like a good idea in 1789, now seem really dangerous to us and we’ve started to agree with King George III about the undesirability of those liberties. Our forebears minded the torture and cruel and unusual punishments imposed by the king. But we have gone back to torturing people.

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 READ MORE



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French Actor’s Tax Move Sparks Debate About Patriotism and Greed

Gerard Depardieu’s blustery renunciation of his French citizenship for the purpose of avoiding a tax increase imposed to combat the fiscal crisis has exposed a bitter division in the French populace that includes some of its most famous citizens.

Posted on Dec 22, 2012 READ MORE



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How Tax Reporting Is Skewed to Benefit the Rich

Think tanks such as the Cato Institute and the Tax Foundation like to cherry-pick tax data to claim that the rich pay more than their fair share. But a broad look at taxation shows it’s not true, a writer at The Economist says.

Posted on Aug 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Gore Vidal’s ‘Burr’: A Tea Party Antidote

In 1973, Gore Vidal published a novel that struck at the ankles of the notion that the United States is a country founded by altruistic do-gooders whose highest ambition was the creation and protection of the Constitution.

Posted on Aug 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Subsidizing the CEOs

Twenty-six of the nation’s largest corporations paid their CEOs more than they spent on taxes in 2011, according to a report by the Institute for Policy Studies.

Posted on Aug 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Flat Taxes Are Big in the Former USSR. Have They Worked?

GOP presidential candidates Herman Cain, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich all favor flat taxes, which have been criticized for putting a greater burden on middle-income people while cutting taxes for the rich. How have they played out in countries that adopted them?

Posted on Nov 12, 2011 READ MORE


Bernanke and Buffett Talk About Occupy Wall Street

Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke and multibillionaire Warren Buffett spoke to CNN Money about the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Posted on Oct 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Demanding More of the Wealthy

If you’re tuned into your social surroundings, you’re likely to hear people arguing over whether raising taxes on the rich would be a good thing or a bad thing for Americans. With election season on its way, the noise and volume are bound to rise. (more)

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman, our Truthdigger of the Week, took her “Democracy Now!” camera and crew to Georgia for what turned out to be a marathon examination of the emotional events leading up to the execution of Troy Davis.

Posted on Sep 23, 2011 READ MORE



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The Real Cause of America’s Debt Crisis

Over the past century, America’s rich made their millions and billions through the use of public assets shared by everyone. By virtue of those profits, they have not only a moral, but a rational obligation to pay more for the upkeep of public services. (more)

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE



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Voices of the Tea Party

Tea party members are often depicted as anti-Democrat reactionaries or scoffed at as holding incoherent, outside-reality positions. But a new feature by The New York Times lets supporters speak for themselves, sharing their concerns for the country and what the tea party means to them.

Posted on Apr 18, 2010 READ MORE



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IRS Unit Aims at Deep Pockets

An Internal Revenue Service unit is being developed to catch wealthy tax cheats who find ways to hide their assets in different businesses and accounts. The new unit reportedly has hired hundreds of employees to combat international tax evasion.

Posted on Dec 12, 2009 READ MORE


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