A Cowardly Congress

  Shame on you, Bob Corker (in picture, right)! Shame on you, Marco Rubio (in picture , left)!  Shame on you for deciding to vote for the tax bill, after all. And shame on all of you spineless Republicans in Congress for supporting this repulsive piece of legislation. The bill steals from working Americans to reward […]
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Shredding the Safety Net

  Bernie Sanders (and others) are sounding the alarm. They see the Republican tax “reform” as the first step in attacking the social safety net. Here’s how it works. First, Congress gives the rich and corporations a massive tax cut that sends the national deficit soaring into the trillions. Then they use the deficit as a pretext […]
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The “Undeserving Poor”

  Republican Senator Chuck Grassley recently defended his party’s unpopular tax reform bill by reviving the Victorian myth of “the undeserving poor.” He said the proposed tax changes would reward Americans who invest their money “as opposed to those that are just spending every penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.” You […]
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Democracy under Siege

  You might believe Republicans in Congress would think twice before voting for their utterly cynical tax legislation. Polls show widespread disapproval of the bill. Calling it the tax cuts and jobs act, or something similar, fools nobody. The bill stinks. It punishes the poor and middle class and provides lavish benefits for the rich and corporations. It […]
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Chastising us with Scorpions

  Whereas my father loaded you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. That’s what the Biblical ruler Rehoboam promised the Israelites. And that’s what the Republicans who control America’s government plan to do to us. But they aren’t as honest […]
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A Hidden Tax Increase

  While Trump and his minions call it the biggest tax cut in history, the budget proposal Republicans are railroading through Congress actually includes at least one hidden tax increase. The proposed federal budget would eliminate deduction of local and state taxes from an individual’s taxable income, a big penalty to struggling middle-class families. Of course, the proposal would […]
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Unmasking Tax “Reform”

The tax plan being touted by Republicans isn’t my idea of reform. It’s a shameless giveaway to the richest Americans at the expense of the poor. There’s a lot to reform in the existing tax code. All those corporate deductions, for example. Wealthy companies pay little or no taxes after their accountants apply all the […]
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We Have to Have Taxes, but Could They be Less Taxing?

Have you filed your income tax return yet? April 15 is just a few weeks away. It’s an annual ordeal for Sandra and me. We wait till the last minute every year and scurry about trying to find someone who knows how to do these things. Surely, paying taxes shouldn’t have to be so taxing? […]
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It’s Time to Scrap America’s Inefficient Tax Code

If it were up to me, there would be no income tax. I see it as an unwarranted imposition on citizens, forcing us to devote a lot of time and effort to collecting money for Uncle Sam. If the government wants our money, they should collect it themselves. And taxes should be collected as close […]
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