Just How Rich Are the Ultra Rich?

Just How Rich Are the Ultra Rich?

Nearly seven years ago — I know, wow — the Occupy Wall Street movement began highlighting the divide between the top 1 percent and the bottom 99 percent. Since then, it’s become common knowledge that income inequality in the United States is high. But there’s more to...
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...
A Tax Plan Only a One Percenter Could Love

A Tax Plan Only a One Percenter Could Love

After the failed effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), the Trump administration has set its sights on its next big project: so-called “tax reform.” And the “reform” they seek appears guaranteed to elicit disdain from all...
Away with the Clowns

Away with the Clowns

Is it me or are the GOP presidential debates getting more circus-like each time? The recent CNBC “Your Money, Your Vote” debate began with this beauty pageant question: “What’s your greatest weakness?” Who asks a bunch of narcissists that...
Nuts to First Class

Nuts to First Class

I recently had the occasion to fly first class. As a poet and director of a small non-profit organization, this was a rare treat indeed. So why couldn’t I enjoy myself? It started with the warm nuts. I’d settled in with my free cocktail, having mastered the...
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