Several prominent Democratic members of the House and Senate have indicated that they are reluctant to approve President Biden’s proposals to raise revenue from high-income individuals and corporations even though these proposals are extremely popular with voters. Given that no Republicans are expected to support Biden’s plan and the Democrats have very slim majorities in the House and Senate, this could prove fatal to many of the tax increases that Biden has proposed.

Former Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is lobbying to stop one of President Biden’s key proposals to close loopholes for the wealthy in the personal income tax, even…


When ProPublica released its latest bombshell on the ultra-wealthy’s influence on the 2017 Trump tax cuts, it evoked a familiar response — stunning, but not surprising. The granular detail provided in the report is remarkable. The fact that wealthy Wisconsin families that contributed to Senate campaigns for Ron Johnson benefitted greatly from provisions the senator championed should surprise no one.

Also unsurprising is the common refrain from the beneficiaries of these tax giveaways: they’re just following the tax laws as written. …


“It’s not just condominium buildings that are showing their age,” Peter Coy writes in a piece critiquing the condominium form of ownership for underinvesting in maintenance. Coy just as easily could have been describing American democracy that is showing its age in similar ways.

The condo collapse in Surfside, FL, where ongoing recovery efforts have confirmed at least 94 people have died and up to 22 are missing, prompted this exploration of aging condos. Similarly, the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol where an intruder was fatally shot, a Capitol police officer died shortly thereafter, and 140 additional officers were…


In the latest display of contrived outrage, conservative political groups are waging a campaign to stop efforts to boost IRS funding, including pressuring Sen. Mitch McConnell to block a bipartisan infrastructure compromise that beefs up IRS funding.

Shoring up the IRS’s budget is a central component of both the bipartisan Senate infrastructure framework and President Biden’s American Families Plan. It’s a popular idea that’s hard to argue against given its return on investment: experts estimated that the $40 billion that the Senate gang has proposed in increased funding will bring in $140 billion in revenue.

Anti-tax supply-sider Stephen Moore recently…


It was just a year ago that across the nation, cars lined up for miles outside of foodbanks and one in five households faced eviction. Before the pandemic, many of us were just scraping by and endured immediate hardship after losing all or part of our wages. All of us have yet to recover, though the richest among us are flourishing.

President Biden has proposed to “build back better” not only with jobs-creating infrastructure investments, but also by investing in people by expanding the Child Tax Credit, investing in education, expanding access to health care, providing greater supports for home…


Representational democracy in the United States received another blow this week, yet — unlike recent Republican efforts to limit voting rights or pass unpopular tax cuts for the rich — it received almost no media attention.

In a frustrating setback for President Biden’s economic agenda, the little-known but highly influential Senate parliamentarian issued a new ruling that limits Democrats’ ability to use budget reconciliation, the critical procedural tool used for side-stepping filibusters. Updating her April ruling that Democrats could repeatedly revise budget resolutions to use reconciliation multiple times per year, the parliamentarian’s new guidance states that the revision process is…


GOP leaders’ repeated bad faith “compromise” offers to President Biden’s American Jobs Plan (AJP) reveal they are more interested in preserving corporate tax cuts than investing in people and communities — and children.

The AJP would create jobs and shore up our communities with a bold $1.7 trillion investment in roads, bridges, clean energy, modernizing public buildings, manufacturing research and development, and home care (which our aging population increasingly needs), among other things. To partly pay for these critical investments, the president proposes raising the corporate tax rate from 21 percent to 28 percent.

From the start, GOP leaders haven’t…


The Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors put on a show for NBA fans last night. The intrigue behind LeBron James and Stephen Curry, two of the NBA’s greatest players, meeting in a high-stakes matchup for the first time since their four straight Finals appearances from 2015–2018 did not disappoint. Curry finished the game with 37 points, shooting a remarkable 66 percent from three-point range, and James had a pedestrian triple-double with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists while hitting the game-winning three-point shot with a minute left, despite blurry vision from an earlier poke in the eye.


Major League Baseball’s decision to move the All-Star game to Denver did not signal they are on team blue. They are on team green.

Sen. Mitch McConnell has had better weeks. While he is usually being credited for masterfully manipulating some combination of Senate rules, the Constitution and his own party, this week he found himself on the defensive as he called corporations “stupid” for weighing in on thorny political issues, saying the political realm is not a place for businesses and CEOs.

The hypocrisy is obvious seeing as Sen. McConnell was cheerleader in chief for the Citizens United decision that opened the door for outsize political influence from business in the form of unlimited political contributions. When reminded of this, Sen. …


Classic statue of Socrates

Taxing the rich can be traced back to ancient history. Professor Thomas Martin of the College of the Holy Cross writes that going back to Athens 500–400 B.C., the richest 1 percent were taxed directly on their wealth and this was a tax used “to fund the city-state’s most important national expenses — the navy and honors for the gods.” In sharp contrast to today, however, ancient Athenians would actually brag about paying the taxes they owed. It provided esteem and social capital that was valued more than money.

Fast-forward to 1790, and George Washington wrote in a letter to…

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