Coddling the Rich

Coddling the Rich

Question: How much did Congress save taxpayers last year when it cut food stamp benefits for 16 million poor children? Answer: Less than the windfall Congress is trying to bestow on a few of the richest American families by ending the federal estate tax. The House has...
America’s Billionaires Owe You a Thank You Note

America’s Billionaires Owe You a Thank You Note

This tax season, America’s billionaires are toasting you, the ordinary taxpayer. That’s because you’re the one picking up the tab for our nation’s ailing infrastructure of roads, bridges, and rail transport. You’re also footing the bill for military forces, disaster...
A Higher Education Revolution

A Higher Education Revolution

You might not have noticed it yet, but student protests are undergoing something of a renaissance. They’re rising to levels unseen in decades. In California, students are stripping half naked to oppose tuition hikes and shutting down highways to draw attention...
Betting the Farm on a Lie

Betting the Farm on a Lie

Few things sell ideas in American politics like a good farm story. Just ask Representative Dave Reichert. He held a hearing recently on the impact of the estate tax on farms and small businesses. An outspoken critic of the tax, Reichert was inspired by a recent story...
Leave No Generation Behind

Leave No Generation Behind

Over a decade ago, I got a call from Bill Gates. Not the Bill Gates you’re probably thinking of. It was Bill Gates Sr., the Microsoft founder’s dad. He was eager to speak out in support of the federal estate tax, our nation’s only levy on inherited wealth....
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