Gun-Control Myths

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Karen Finney: It’s time to reframe the conversation about guns to focus on how we address the realities of human behavior to more effectively prevent gun violence and protect our safety.

A Nation of Cliff-Dwellers

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John Peeler: In the midst of a massive recession, the conservative argument for balancing the budget by cutting government spending is manifestly perverse.

California Progressives Take the Offensive

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Randy Shaw: While progressives will be forced to invest major resources in defeating Prop 32, the other major ballot initiatives all put conservatives on the defensive and would further progressive change.

The Millionaires Tax and Jerry Brown’s Terrorizing Tactic

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Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer: Jerry Brown to resort to his terror tactic, intended to strike fear in the hearts of the public. He has told the people of California that if they do not support this new compromise tax proposal, then automatic trigger cuts will go into effect that will brutally slash the budget of public education on all levels.

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.

Why Obama Should Break Up Big Banks

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Robert Reich: What better way for Obama to distinguish himself from Romney than to condemn Wall Street’s antics since the bailout, and call for real reform?

Taxing the Rich, the Obama Way

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Robert Reich: You can bet Republicans will continue to harp about the large portion of low-wage earners who pay no income taxes — without mentioning that they pay a higher portion of their incomes than anyone else in payroll and sales taxes.

The Shameful Murder of Dodd Frank

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Robert Reich: Wall Street has effectively neutered the Dodd-Frank law, which is the best argument I know for applying the nation’s antitrust laws to the biggest banks and limiting their size.

California’s Silence of the Scams

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Craig Williams: The best cure for California’s budget problems might be a big statewide tax reform campaign based on the commercial property tax legislation proposed by the progressive organization Cal Tax Reform (CTR) and sponsored by Assembly member Tom Aminao.

The Great Switch by the Super Rich

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Robert Reich: Forty years ago, wealthy Americans financed the U.S. government mainly through their tax payments. Today wealthy Americans finance the government mainly by lending it money.

Wall Street’s Global Race to the Bottom

Robert Reich: So the race to the bottom is now official. Wall Street will set up its casino wherever financial gambling is least regulated.

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