PSL Editorial: The ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ Doesn’t Even Come Close

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by Liberation Staff
LiberationNews.org, Aug. 16, 2022
August 17, 2022

Joe Biden signed into law today the “Inflation Reduction Act” — a package of environmental, health care and tax measures that the administration is trumpeting as one of its crowning legislative achievements. But in reality, it represents a drop in the bucket compared to the scale of social crises workers are facing on multiple fronts.

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If Democrats Didn’t Suck, by David Swanson

The End Of The Government Shutdown 2013

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, July 1, 2022
July 10, 2022

If Democrats threw out the filibuster today and rapidly passed legislation over the next 8 months as if they gave a damn — as if they were, oh, I don’t know, the Supreme Court — and if they put just what they’re increasing the military budget by into their Build Back Better bill, if they put through with majority votes just those items they were elected on that are favored by significant majorities in the country, they’d have done enough by 6 months from now to not lose those elections. And if they kept going, they’d need never lose an election again. The whole premise of keeping the filibuster around to restrain the Republicans is the plan to go on sucking badly for 6 more months in order to lose — combined with the delusion that Republicans are going to be restrained by something that THEY can and will choose to throw out. The Republicans will certainly plan on never losing an election again. Any elections they can’t win or rig, they can ask the Supreme Court to fix up for them — and hire Al Gore to explain to us that we should sit back and take it.

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Time for a Taxpayer Revolt Against Rich Corporate Welfarists, by Ralph Nader

Uncle Sam Santa Claus brings gifts of corporate welfare

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, June 10, 2022
June 11, 2022

It is time for an unusual but long overdue revolt by the 150 million tax-with-held taxpayers. I’m not speaking of rates of taxation that the rich and corporations largely avoid because of the gigantic tax escapes, which they grease through Congress. Today I’m hoping to get your dander up by showing how corporatist politicians make you pay for big corporations to come to their corporate welfare-friendly state and make profits.

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Dishonoring Earth Day 2022 with An Oil, Gas, Coal and Nuclear Heyday, by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, April 22, 2022
April 24, 2022

Instead of championing solar, wind and conservation energy, the GOP (Greedy Old Party) is championing the skyrocketing profits and prices for the omnicidal fossil fuel and atomic power companies.

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Corporate Media Ignores Senate Hearing on Corporate Greed and Inflation, by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, April 8, 2022
April 9, 2022

It is exceedingly rare for a major congressional committee to hold hearings on “corporate greed” leading to corporate profiteering and surging prices on consumer goods. On April 5, 2022, Senate Budget Chairman, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) chartered uncensored territory on corporate avarice with a lead witness, former Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich, now a professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Commercial Defrauding of Uncle Sam—Biggest Booming Business, by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, Mar. 18, 2022
March 31, 2022

The biggest business in America is stealing and defrauding the federal government, Uncle Sam and you the taxpayers. In terms of sheer stolen dollars, the total amount is greater than the annual sales of Amazon and Walmart over the past two years.

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Max Lawson: World’s Richest Doubled Their Wealth While Millions Fell Into Poverty

Tax The Rich

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goingundergroundRT on Jan 19, 2022

We speak to Max Lawson of Oxfam about the ‘Inequality Kills’ report, which details how while 99% of humanity’s income fell, 160 million were pushed into poverty and 1 person died every 4 seconds over the course of the Coronavirus pandemic…the top 10 richest men saw their wealth more than double from $700 billion to $1.5 trillion dollars, a rate of $1.2 billion a day.

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Payroll Taxes Are the Achilles Heel of Social Security, by Jim Kavanagh

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by Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist
August 21, 2020

On August 8th, Donald Trump took four executive actions on coronavirus relief. One was a memorandum deferring, to the end of the year, payment of the employee portion of the payroll tax for employees making less than $4000 biweekly. (Employer payments had already been deferred in the CARES act.)

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Socialist Revolution Can Defeat The Rich, Not Higher Taxes + Creating A Dictatorship Of The Proletariat Is Crucial by Rainer Shea

Islands Brygge, Copenhagen (1998)

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Feb. 25, 2020
February 28, 2020

When liberal politicians like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders say that we can solve inequality by taxing the rich, they’re trying to make it seem like the relationship between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat is a legislative dispute instead of a class war. They’re proposing that the interests of the ruling oligarchs can be reconciled with our interests, and that all this will take is a rearrangement of the tax system.

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The Yellow Vests and the Left by Jim Kavanagh + Yellow Vests Shift to the Left

Paris, 08/12/18 - Gilets jaunes "acte 4"

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by Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist, Dec. 19, 2018
December 21, 2018

Something’s happening here…

Class Act

The “yellow vest” (gilets jaunes) movement has upended French politics, at least.

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Chris Hedges and Richard Wolff: The Coming Collapse of the American Economic System

Josiah Says Defeat Capitalism

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Previously published April 1, 2018

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jul 7, 2018

Economist Richard Wolff discusses the coming economic collapse of the United States of America with journalist Chris Hedges.

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Michael Hudson, Stephanie Kelton, et al: Why Monetary Theory and Policy Is a Critical Terrain For the Left (Left Forum 2018)

Smash Capitalism!

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 7, 2018

OpenUnivoftheLeft on June 5, 2018

Left Forum 2018: As our demands grow bolder—true full employment, the rebuilding of the social safety net starting with Medicare for All, an overdue green and just transition—so will the naysayers’ inevitable refrain: “How will you pay for it?” Developments in our understanding of monetary theory and the money system has, thankfully, illuminated a path forward out of the trap of austerity: when we understand how money actually works, we know that the obstacles to bold action at a national scale on jobs, healthcare, and climate are political, not economic.

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Michael Roberts: OECD Advises Countries to Curb Extreme Inequality

Death to Capitalism

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TheRealNews on Apr 14, 2018

Economist Michael Roberts says the change of tone within the OECD is interesting, but there are no takers ready to implement estate taxes to reduce inequality.

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Chris Hedges and Richard Wolff: Capitalism Does Not Work for the Majority of the People

Capitalism IS the Crisis

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 1, 2018

Economist Richard Wolff discusses the coming economic collapse of the United States of America.

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