This week, we’re running our annual OtherWords Tax Day special edition. Chuck Collins and Bob Lord explain how billionaires are bypassing the estate tax and what’s wrong with that. Jim Hightower and cartoonist Khalil Bendib skewer Caterpillar Inc. for an offshore tax dodge. Don Kraus and Mona Funiciello call for a carbon tax. And William A. Collins and I say taxes on the rich are driving those futile GOP attacks on the Affordable Care Act.

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  1. A Better Path to Prosperity / Isaiah J. Poole
    Voters would embrace the Better Off Budget’s audacious, but common-sense approach if they heard about it.
  2. WhatsApp with the Estate Tax? / Bob Lord
    Weakening financial regulations are driving the economy further down the one-way street of extreme wealth accumulation.
  3. A Taxing Solution to the Greatest Challenge of Our Time / Mona Funiciello and Don Kraus
    Putting a price on carbon emissions is one of the best ways we can slow the pace of climate change.
  4. Rigging the Electoral System for the Rich / Marge Baker
    Either through electoral channels or a constitutional amendment, the American people must fight back against Supreme Court rulings like Citizens United and McCutcheon.
  5. Close the Paris Hilton Loophole / Chuck Collins
    Billionaires are exploiting a tax break to pass their fortunes along to their heirs and laying the groundwork for dynasties.
  6. Behind the GOP’s Unhealthy Attack / Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins
    Could those taxes on the richest Americans that are helping to pay for the Affordable Care Act be fueling this madness?
  7. Let Them Eat Rice / Jill Richardson
    The gusher of money, time, and resources wasted on one genetically engineered crop imbued with a single vitamin could have solved some easier-to-fix problems behind worldwide hunger.
  8. Hiding Profits in Slimy Offshore Wormholes / Jim Hightower
    Caterpillar channeled 85 percent of its international parts profits into what amounts to a tax shelter.
  9. Tax-Cheating Butterfly / Khalil Bendib cartoon
Tax-Cheating Butterfly, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

Tax-Cheating Butterfly, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

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Emily Schwartz Greco

Emily Schwartz Greco is the managing editor of OtherWords, a non-profit national editorial service run by the Institute for Policy Studies. OtherWords.org @ESGreco