When “Tax Reform” Means a Tax Cut for the Richest, and a Tax Increase for Others

By: Wednesday October 15, 2014 6:51 pm

When you hear a policymaker advocating for “tax reform,” it’s worth checking the fine print.

There’s nothing wrong with the goal of improving a state’s tax structure. But two recent “tax reform” proposals in Wisconsin would shift the responsibility for paying taxes away from those who are well-able to pay and toward everyone else, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Budget Project. Instead of true tax reform, these proposals are actually tax shifts – shifts that would require families with low and moderate incomes to pay more in taxes so we can give tax cuts to the highest earners.


FDL Book Salon Welcomes Heather Cox Richardson, To Make Men Free: A History of The Republican Party

By: Sunday October 5, 2014 1:59 pm

Heather Cox Richardson has a gift for seeing the connections in American history—for synthesizing a picture that makes sense out of a broad range of elements. She integrates larger economic and cultural developments with the experience of men and women at all levels of society, as well as the decisions and conflicts of policymakers and power brokers. She demonstrated her powers as a writer and historian brilliantly in her books West from Appomattox and Wounded Knee, and does so again in her brilliant To Make Men Free.

Joseph Stiglitz With Bill Moyers on Fair Taxes

By: Sunday June 1, 2014 1:00 pm

Joseph Stiglitz sits down with Bill Moyers to talk taxation for all, fair taxation for all, including cracking down on the mega tax-dodging corporations such as GE, Pfizer, and Merck. Stiglitz just published a White Paper on the subject.

At the Corner of Lawful & Shameful: Walgreens Considers Becoming a Foreign Company to Avoid U.S. Taxes

By: Friday May 2, 2014 6:43 am

Walgreens portrays itself as America’s pharmacy, located in communities across the country “at the corner of happy & healthy.” But if a group of hedge funds gets its way, Walgreens could become a “foreign” corporation for tax purposes – operating at the intersection of lawful and shameful.

Top 10 Reasons to Increase Tax Credits for Low-Income Wisconsin Households

By: Thursday February 6, 2014 6:10 pm

1. Increased income tax breaks would help low income families.

Late Night: Crappy New Year

By: Thursday December 26, 2013 8:00 pm

On the bright side, David Gregory will finally fail at least laterally, and I’ll drink to that.

The Facts of Life: “We’re Not Broke!”

By: Saturday July 20, 2013 5:20 pm

Recent events show a complete and thorough disconnect between the speeches by President Obama and Democrats in Congress and the actual legislative priorities and bills passed.

There is a scene “The Facts of Life” in the musical “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” based on the characters by Charles Schultz. The scene starts with Lucy van Pelt telling Linus her little brother “These are fir trees. This is where we get furs from.” The scene ends with Linus asking his older sister “Why is Charlie Brown banging his head against the wall?”

You may have heard this one before

By: Thursday January 31, 2013 1:30 am

The only solution to the problems caused by austerity is more austerity.

The Unspeakable Peter Opie

By: Saturday December 29, 2012 3:45 pm

Some of you may have seen this post by TBogg on the nonexistent tribulations of a one-percenter named Peter Opie: Awww, poor baby!

Fiscal Cliff Threatens Environmental Protections That Voters Supported

By: Wednesday November 14, 2012 9:10 am

Americans elected clean energy and clean air champions up and down the ticket last week. Even though oil, gas, and coal companies spent more than $270 million on campaign ads in the past two months, the majority of people rejected their dirty agenda. Voters want healthy air and safe drinking water, not more pollution.

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