When Amazon.com failed to extort sales tax exemption from the state of South Carolina in exchange for building a shipping plant in the state, some on the Right said this proves taxes hurt business. Wrong. Special tax treatment for big businesses HURT small, local businesses — and workers who do better with local employers.
Just in time for mother’s day — a piece I wrote for Alternet.
Here’s an excerpt:
“By implication of skin color, Donald Trump is more inherently American than Barack Obama. Which would come as a real shock to Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, a white woman born and raised in the American heartland of Kansas. Trump’s mother, on the other hand, was an immigrant from Scotland.”
Here’s my latest post for FoxNews.com’s opinion page — making the economic, political and moral case for taxing the rich.
I have an op-ed that will run in the Sunday, April 17 print edition of the Washington Post Outlook section. It just went live online so you can get a sneak peak — and share it with your stratosphere.
Here’s the link:
In a discussion with the affable Neil Cavuto, I explain why the bruhaha over the government spending and debt is nothing more than a fig leaf for those who have long sought any excuse to attack government and undercut programs that help the poor and working class.
No comments on the makeup, people.
Upon learning that Glenn Beck will be “transitioning off” of his daily TV show on Fox News, I wrote a piece for ColorLines entitled, “5 Reasons To Miss Glenn Beck (and for Progressives To Learn From Him)”. Okay, there’s some sarcasm in there… but it’s mostly an honest assessment of what Beck does well. Yes, he’s crazy — but he may also be a crazy genius.
You’re gonna want to read this one:
I have a piece up on FoxNews.com about why the federal budget “crisis” is largely a hoax manufactured by those who have sought all along to destroy government and undermine poor and working families.
Here’s an excerpt:
“Yes, our level of national debt is in the long-term untenable. And yes, the fact that large swaths of that debt is owned by China and Saudi Arabia is deeply problematic. The solution, however, is to use government spending on innovation and new industries not only to kick start a private sector that has been reluctant to create jobs but also retool the American economy so we actually make things again and have a broad middle class with good wages and benefits who can afford to buy the stuff we make, creating the kind of demand we need for long-term sustainability. But Wall Street and big business lobbyists don’t want you to own your own business, make a good salary and have a nice house with a reasonable mortgage. How would they make money on that?”
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