Thoughts on Tax Day 2012

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Robert Reich: I worry about the well-financed big lies that the very rich are the nation’s “job creators,” that the benefits from tax cuts on the rich “trickle down” to everyone else.

Doing My Taxes

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Steve Hochstadt: Polls showed that only 4% of filers do file taxes the way I do, with pencil and paper and a calculator. Most people use some tax software and file electronically.

Fair Economy Essential to Growth

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Robert Reich: Wealth percolates upward from working people who are adequately educated, healthy, sufficiently rewarded, and who feel they have a fair chance to make it in America.

Carnage at Yahoo: The Lopsided Economy

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Carl Bloice: With industry executives raking in fantastic and unwarranted riches while the lives of workers from Sunnyvale to Pittsburgh are rendered ever more precarious, whatever is happening certainly is lopsided.

How Jim Yong Kim Might Change the World Bank

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Matt Kavanaugh: Since President Obama nominated Dr. Jim Yong Kim as President of the World Bank commentators have weighed in on his past writings, his nationality, his part in upholding an unjust U.S. domination.

Mitt’s Low-Tax Killing

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Robert Reich: Now that Mitt Romney is the presumed Republican candidate, it’s fair to ask how he made so much money ($21 million in 2010 alone) and paid such a low tax rate (only 14.9 percent).

What Today’s Job Numbers Mean

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Robert Reich: We’ll avoid a double-dip, but the most likely scenario in coming months is a continuation of the same – an anemic jobs recovery.

Duped By the Freedom Ploy

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Charles Hayes: Any country that cannot generate enough goodwill to see that everyone has access to adequate medical care should be embarrassed to refer to itself as the greatest country on earth.

Turning America Into a Giant Casino

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Robert Reich: In the most recent Mega Millions game – whose winning tickets were drawn last week and whose jackpot rose to $640 million – lottery ticket buyers shelled out some $1.5 billion, most of which went to state governments.

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