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Seattle RW member Speaks Up on Debt Debate

July 28, 2011 — Maz
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Tracy Lake can't believe that anyone would be willing to risk the U.S. credit rating.

TRACY LAKE: It's probably the most valued asset we have in a global economy, is the faith in credit of our ability to pay something back. And the fact that we've already purchased goods and services, and now we're deciding whether or not we're going to pay for them is just plain wrong.

KASTE: Lake is a real estate developer and she's worried that a downgrade would raise interest rates and make it harder to get the loans she needs to run her business. Like Carender, she's politically active but she's part of Responsible Wealth, an organization of well-to-do types that want to pay higher taxes.

LAKE: The only right and moral thing is to tax the wealthy, wealthier part of our population.

KASTE: Be completely honest. If you had to pay a higher tax rate, wouldn't that suppress you're productivity as a company, or your ability to employ people?

LAKE: Yes, it would. But I look at it this way: I am where I am because of opportunities afforded me because of our economic structure, because of our culture, because of the freedom and access to education. Wealthy Americans owe this due bill back to our country for the opportunity to earn great sums of money.

Listen to the story and read the full transcript on NPR.org

VIDEO: Where Do Corporate Tax Breaks Go?

July 21, 2011 — Adam Katz
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Taxpayers provide billions of dollars in subsidies to some of the country's largest corporations. These behemoth companies — often referred to as "job creators" by conservative talking heads — then make billions of dollars in profits and disburse billions of dollars in dividends to shareholders (the owners). But, what do taxpayers get in return? More jobs?

VIDEO: Where Do Corporate Tax Breaks Go?

July 21, 2011 — Adam Katz
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Taxpayers provide billions of dollars in subsidies to some of the country's largest corporations. These behemoth companies — often referred to as "job creators" by conservative talking heads — then make billions of dollars in profits and disburse billions of dollars in dividends to shareholders (the owners). But, what do taxpayers get in return? More jobs?

VIDEO: Where Do Corporate Tax Breaks Go?

July 21, 2011 — Adam Katz
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Taxpayers provide billions of dollars in subsidies to some of the country's largest corporations. These behemoth companies — often referred to as "job creators" by conservative talking heads — then make billions of dollars in profits and disburse billions of dollars in dividends to shareholders (the owners). But, what do taxpayers get in return? More jobs?

11 Things the Wealthiest Americans Can Buy for the U.S.

July 7, 2011 — Shannon M.
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11 Things the Wealthiest Americans Can Buy for the U.S.

July 7, 2011 — Shannon M.
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Pay No Attention to the Politicians Behind the Curtain!

June 30, 2011 — Alexandra B.
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When it comes to telling the story of our dire economy, it seems Republican politicians have lifted their strategy from the Wizard of Oz rather than a political playbook. But rather than accept the line that poor people are to blame for our mounting federal deficit, we should pull back the curtain on the real culprits.

Pay No Attention to the Politicians Behind the Curtain!

June 30, 2011 — Alexandra B.
wizard of oz

When it comes to telling the story of our dire economy, it seems Republican politicians have lifted their strategy from the Wizard of Oz rather than a political playbook. But rather than accept the line that poor people are to blame for our mounting federal deficit, we should pull back the curtain on the real culprits.

How the Debt Ceiling Debate Impacts the Estate Tax

June 28, 2011 — Saumya V.
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It seems Republicans will find any excuse to attack the estate tax. Read more to find out how the estate tax is quietly under siege in the debt ceiling debate.

Why is Income Inequality Bad?

June 26, 2011 — Adam Katz
Mind the Income Gap

Income inequality in the United States has reached levels more severe than over 70% of the rest of the world. The devastating results of such inequality involve life expectancy, incarceration rates, obesity, and much more. Find out what else inequality leads to and how the U.S. compares internationally.

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