Tag Archives: Tax the Rich

Inequalities, Taxes, and More Inequalities

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Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer

 Thanks to Occupy, most working people are well aware of the growing inequalities in wealth. But for those who lack the specifics, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich provides a useful overview: “…the rich have been getting a larger and larger portion of total income. From 9 percent in 1980, the top 1 percent’s take […]

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Taxing the Rich and Its “Left” Critics

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Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer

 In a recent article published on the website of Socialist Viewpoint, Chris Kinder criticized those on the left who call for raising taxes on the rich. Identifying himself as a Trotskyist, Mr. Kinder displayed particular displeasure with Trotskyists who embrace this demand. Yet, as we will argue, his arguments fundamentally deviate from the political-strategic framework […]

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Taxing the Rich and the Jobs Crisis

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Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer

In a recent article, “Pensions Under Attack in America?,” Mr. Leo Kolivakis took issue with a proposal by Mark Vorpahl, a union steward, to defend pensions by taxing the rich in order to create jobs (see Pensions Under Attack). Both authors agree that solving the jobs crisis is indispensable to solving the pension crisis, but […]

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National Nurses United Take the Lead for Taxing the Rich

Mark Vorpahl

Mark Vorpahl The following report of a rally in Chicago supporting the “Robin Hood Tax,” led by National Nurses United, provides a small glimpse of the potential power that a union allied with the community can wield. The “Robin Hood Tax” is a tax-the-rich measure that would collect 25 to 50 cents for every $100 in […]

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Support the Millionaires Tax!

Workers Action

“CFT is proud to be standing side by side with you here today, and proud to be working with a statewide alliance of community and union partners to promote the Millionaires Tax for the November 2012 ballot. The Millionaires Tax will raise taxes only on the wealthiest Californians, people who make more than a million […]

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We Need to Pass the Oil Extraction Tax to Fund Education (Prop. 1522)

Workers Action

“Our response to this economic war on the people is to ensure that public education be supported by a stable, rational and democratic system of taxation and we believe a good way to accomplish that is to pass the Oil Extraction Tax To Fund Education (Prop 1522), which would impose a 15% tax on the […]

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All Out for October 2 to Demand Jobs for All!

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WERC

Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign Organized labor is on the move, and here is its rallying cry: Working people can make a difference when we rely on ourselves and act collectively. We are America. And together we can make our voices heard. With this summons to the workers of America, the AFL-CIO just announced that it […]

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For Labor Town-Hall Meetings to Address Government /Corporate Deficit Reduction Proposals!

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WERC

Dear Sisters and Brothers: Working people in the U.S. are rapidly approaching a crossroads. A campaign is underway, backed by Wall Street and corporate interests, to reduce the federal deficit on the backs of working people. An AFL-CIO blog reported that Obama’s Fiscal Commission, which he created to generate deficit-reducing proposals, is above all eyeing […]

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A Cure For An Ailing Economy TAXING THE RICH

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Shamus Cooke

Not pursuing higher taxes on the rich is resulting in social devastation. Look no farther than California, where Governor Schwarzenegger proudly declared that the state budget deficit was balanced “without raising taxes.” Instead, the budget was balanced at the expense of education, health care, welfare, etc. The working class and poor bore nearly the full […]

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How New York Fought the Budget Deficit and Won

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Workers Action

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A Simple Solution To The States’ Budget Crisis

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Shamus Cooke

The options available to states to respond to budget crises are limited since states are not allowed to run deficits; they must solve their budget problems immediately. Nearly every state government is reacting to the crisis in essentially the same way: by cutting essential services and raising “secondary” taxes (alcohol, cigarettes, gas, etc). In reality, […]

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