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Insanity and its Malcontents

April 1, 2011
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Insanity and its Malcontents

I keep doing the same basic post over and over, hoping something will change. I know what that makes me, so this is one of the last posts I’m going to do in this blog (though you can still find me over here occasionally). It’s had a reasonably good run, made its point. Time...
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Sachs Appeal

February 17, 2011
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Sachs Appeal

Twenty years ago he was counted (incorrectly, he maintains) among the neoliberal shock doctrine folks. Now he’s a raving lunatic (by Manhattan/Washington, D.C., standards, anyway). Here’s Jeffrey Sachs talking about President Obama’s proposed federal budget and the Republicans’ more antisocialist response (pdf), basically saying that they both cut too much while refusing to raise...
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IRS Auditing Fewer Big Companies, More Small Ones

April 12, 2010
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The nonprofit watchdog group Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) has yet another report out based on data released by the Treasury Department showing that our tax collectors are auditing fewer large companies while bringing the hammer down on the little guys. The trend has continued since the last year of the George H.W. Bush...
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Anti-social Security

July 21, 2009
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The Wall Street Journal (pay site) has an interesting line today on an old and growing problem—the widening gap between the folks at the top of the income pyramid and the rest of us. Turns out the pay gap is part of what threatens Social Security. To recap for those who have not been...
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We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Audits!

April 6, 2009
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Here’s a surprise: The IRS audits fewer financial-services companies than any other type of big company–even though it finds nearly double the tax cheating at financial companies when it does audit them. These are the findings released today by TRAC, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. From the report: Overall, the large corporate sector–composed of...
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