Taxing Strategies

DC Politics Economics

              New Orleans      It’s hard to believe that any of us want to talk about taxes, but it’s hard to avoid the discussion since next to the act of declaring war, they are one of the most powerful forces that governments exert over their citizens.   You may think I’m going there because of …

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Shareholder Democracy, Maybe?

Community Organizing DC Politics Economics

            Pearl River     Among the many, many myths of capitalism, especially at this late stage, is that shareholders have any real say in the direction of the companies where they hold stock.  Called shareholder democracy, it’s anything but.  The deck has always been stacked for management and incumbent board members, particularly in the collection of …

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Inflation for the Rest of Us


            New Orleans      Inflation is scary to people, especially if you are now living in Argentina or Venezuela, where prices are rising in double digits on a regular basis.  In the United States, it’s a mixed bag, depending on where you stand, and who you believe. There’s no question that prices are currently going up, partly because of …

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Benefits and Informal Workers

ACORN International COVID-19 Economics

  New Orleans        For years, I have harped on the need to make “maximum feasible participation” an emphasis on delivery of all governmental benefit programs.  The pandemic has heightened visibility of the gap between eligibility in target populations and distribution of approved and legislated benefits to the populations.  In the United States, we see …

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