Economy and Business

Forget the Nordic Diet. Try their Tax Plan.

Forget the Nordic Diet. Try their Tax Plan.

You’ve heard, no doubt, of the miraculous Mediterranean diet, which is said to keep Italians and Greeks living healthy lives into their 80s and beyond. The Japanese diet is popular, too, as the Japanese live the longest lives in the world. Then there’s the Nordic...

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Washington’s War on Poor Grad Students

Washington’s War on Poor Grad Students

The Republican tax plan winding its way through Congress includes a special middle finger to the nation's graduate students. It's a little bit wonky, so stay with me here. I'll explain how it affects me, since I'm an actual graduate student. Going to grad school...

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One Monstrosity Trump Won’t Want His Name On

One Monstrosity Trump Won’t Want His Name On

If you've been to any of the cities graced with a Trump hotel, casino, or resort, you know that The Donald splashes his name in giant, gaudy letters across every structure he owns — preferably in gold. Now he's taken ownership of a massive new structure, but he might...

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Republicans Admit Their Tax Plan Is All About Rich Donors

Republicans Admit Their Tax Plan Is All About Rich Donors

Sometimes I have to remind myself that people in “real America” with “real jobs” don’t while away their mortal hours reading about politics. But God help me, if you’ve suffered through any coverage of the Republican tax plan, you’ve probably heard three things. First,...

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The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

Charles Dickens opened A Tale of Two Cities, perhaps his most famous tome, with the now iconic line, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” The book is set in London and Paris during the late 1700s, the lead up to the French Revolution. While...

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No Corporate Welfare for Amazon

Isn't it funny that right-wing politicians across the country piously rant against giving a few bucks worth of jobless benefits to the needy — then turn around and shove billions of our tax dollars into corporate welfare for the greedy? You're right. It's not funny....

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What Real Tax Reform Could Look Like

What Real Tax Reform Could Look Like

No matter our politics, most Americans have a beef with taxes. And it's no wonder. Working class Americans pay a much greater share of their income than the wealthiest Americans, who get away with exploiting tax loopholes and paying less than their fair share to...

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An Independent Thinker’s Guide to the Tax Debate

An Independent Thinker’s Guide to the Tax Debate

For 40 years, tax cutters in Congress have told us, “we have a tax cut for you." And each time, they count on us to suspend all judgment. In exchange, we’ve gotten staggering inequality, collapsing public infrastructure, a fraying safety net, and exploding deficits....

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