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How Do We Force Cash Hoarders to Invest? Tax Them

by Alejandro Reuss | Jun 12, 2013 | Economy

The supply-side economists of the 1980s famously emphasized how government policies (especially taxes) affect incentives. They argued that taxes act as disincentives to work, saving, and investment. Conservative think tanks like the Heritage Foundation repeat this, like a mantra, to the present day. The argument is basically that tax policy—by discouraging desirable economic activities—misaligns private […]

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Stop Rehashing Debate over Mothers in the Workplace

by Peter Lindstrom | Jun 10, 2013 | Economy

The Pew Research Center released a comprehensive project on American working women and found that 40 percent of these women are now the breadwinners of their families. Given that most Americans are comfortable with mothers in the workforce, you might have thought this report could spark a thoughtful discussion on the needs of families. Um, […]

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Is Apple a Tech Firm or Hedge Fund?

by Darwin Bondgraham | Jun 7, 2013 | Economy

Apple is synonymous with computers, smart phones, tablets, apps and iTunes. It’s record-shattering profits in recent years rely on the sale of these gadgets and services. But an increasingly big part of Apple’s business since the mid-2000s has been finding places to profitably stuff the massive piles of cash the company is sheltering in its […]

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The IRS Should Be More Aggressive, Not Less

by Doug Daniels | Jun 7, 2013 | Economy

While Darrell Issa (pictured) and Congressional Republicans parade one witness after another up onto Capitol Hill to testify about the IRS’s targeting of conservative “social welfare” groups, a far more important discussion about the function of these sorts of organizations has fallen mostly silent. Last month the Internal Revenue Service acknowledged an inappropriate imbalance in […]

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Something Is Happening: The New Economy Movement

by Gar Alperovitz | Jun 1, 2013 | Economy

Despite its great wealth, the United States today faces enormous difficulties. Amidst the economic pain and insecurity and the looming climate catastrophe, there are no easily discernible political answers that even begin to offer strategic handholds on a truly democratic future. We face systemic problems, not simply political or economic problems. The wages of most […]

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