We obsess over health care in the United States, because we all want to be healthy. In the process, new evidence suggests, we’re ignoring the social dynamics that actually determine our health.
Great economic cataclysms have in the past knocked the super rich off their stride. Our Great Recession’s deep pockets, new income data show, are bucking the historical tide.
If a blunder you committed cost your employer $4 million, how long would you stay employed? In America today, a CEO can cost his company $4 billion and still collect both a paycheck and a bonus.
The new Obama budget for 2013 advances a vision for a significantly more progressive tax code. But that vision, if realized, would still not restore all the tax progressivity lost since the early 1980s.
Lawmakers make laws. They don’t enforce them. Corporate America understands that difference — and exploits it. The latest case in point: the battle over outrageous CEO pay.
Psychologists have been tracking the phenomenon of “biased self-perception” for years now. But new research suggests that they’ve been blaming the wrong social culprit. Levels of economic inequality, not core culture, seems to be driving how we project ourselves to others.
Any resemblance between democracy and U.S. Presidential politics has become, in our new super PAC era, purely coincidental. The only mystery: Why aren’t billionaires making even bigger bets?
President Obama has proposed a specific new minimum tax rate for millionaires. Should America’s rich feel angry or relieved? We check the IRS tax data archives for an answer.
The rich don’t much like paying taxes when tax rates run high. They don’t much like paying taxes when tax rates run low either.
Today’s swaggering rich are increasingly stuffing their dollars into investments that do America’s 99 percent not one whit of good.
Wall Street’s power suits aren’t humming along, this December, with all the holiday jingles. Bankers, traders, and law firm partners are quite frankly feeling kind of foul. End-of-year Wall Street bonuses, experts predict, are going to be down from 2010 levels — by as much, on average, as 35 percent. Total 2011 pay for the […]
Today’s super rich can’t turn tin into gold. But they can get Uncle Sam to loan them free money. At the expense, of course, of America’s bottom 99 percent.
A conservative U.S. senator has released a new study on federal giveaways to America’s rich. Our plutocrats won’t like it. But the indictment misses the biggest handout of them all.
Not the 99 percent. We’ve let the cheerleaders for the richest among us get away with myths about mobility for much, much too long.
Students of modest means must pay a stiff price to build their capacity to contribute to society — and pay interest if they can’t afford that price. A wealth tax could apply this same principle to America’s rich.
One luxury automaker is betting big that America’s affluent feel no responsibility to the greater society crumbling all around them.
Pundits and pols love to blast windfalls that go to corporate CEOs who ‘fail.’ But windfalls for CEOs who ‘perform,’ researchers suggest, ought to worry us far more.
The Census won’t count it. The IRS won’t tax it, at anywhere near full freight. What is it?
“Plutocracy” first burst big-time into our national political consciousness in the late 19th century, and the concept still conjures up today, well over a century later, much the same images as way back then. We envision, at any mention of “plutocrat,” some Wall Street banker, his pockets overflowing with greenbacks, or a robber baron industrialist, […]
Forty years ago, U.S. corporate honchos saw their power ebbing away — to a ragtag mob of long-hairs and loony social reformers. So they did what corporate honchos always do. They asked for a memo.
Warren Buffett last week made an insightful case for higher taxes on America’s rich. The reaction to that case, from our wealthy’s most ardent defenders, offers insights, too — on our plutocracy.
What made last week’s rioting in London all the more ‘achingly sad’? The rioters weren’t challenging greed. They were celebrating it. We really need to understand why.
The American political system isn’t working for average Americans any more. Don’t blame the Tea Party, new political science research suggests. Blame inequality.
At times of national fiscal crisis, President Franklin Roosevelt ever so firmly believed, you don’t give the awesomely affluent a free pass. You pound them — and then you pound some more.
Corporate America, advises one of the nation’s most prestigious management consulting companies, needs to wake up and stop rewarding employee loyalty and performance. With one exception.
The global media spotlight may be gone, but Egypt’s revolutionaries are still making history, with a spirited campaign for a ‘maximum wage.’
‘Asset bubbles’ have been roiling our economy ever since America’s wealthy started supersizing three decades ago. But another bubble, this one enveloping those wealthy, may be just as essential to understand.
Amid fierce fiscal austerity, a borough in London is doing battle to level up the poor and level down the rich. Imagine if a borough in New York tried something as ambitious to tackle the rich-poor gap.
One of the three ‘serious’ candidates for the 2012 Republican White House bid says the tax cuts for the rich he’s proposing will expand America’s ‘entrepreneurial’ class. What does history say?
Federal agencies are now preparing new regulations for enforcing the banker pay reforms enacted last summer. These new regs, says the AFL-CIO, need to prohibit the ‘incentive’ that’s still stuffing bankers with billions.
Back in the mid 20th century, colleges and universities helped America beat down economic inequality. Now they reinforce it.
Billionaire cash contributions have been cascading into America’s most troubled school districts. Unfortunately, so have billionaire perspectives on education.
Real policy wonks bore people. The phony wonk from Wisconsin now driving Congress seduces, with a patter that leaves our wealthy almost completely disappeared.
America’s top bankers and CEOs don’t have any more talent than millions of other Americans. They do have, two timely new data dumps remind us, plenty of generous friends in pivotal places.
A consumer alert for soccer moms and doting granddads: Outrageous compensation rewards give corporate executives an incentive to behave outrageously — against you!
Taxpayers are subsidizing over-the-top CEO pay by the billions. But now on the table: a promising new proposal that encourages corporations to share that excess — or else.
House budget-cutters are taking their inspiration from the greatest giveaway — to the rich — artist the nation’s capital has ever known.
Hedge fund honchos bet on stocks. They bet on gold. They bet on lawsuits. Most of all, they bet that the rest of us will never wise up to the awesome giveaway our current tax code ladles on them.
If the wealth of the wealthy really bothered Americans, flacks for grand fortune enjoy declaring, our political system would be shaking something fierce. They don’t see a whole lot of shaking. Should we?
The rising public clamor for higher taxes on America’s wealthy has conservative ideologues uneasy. For good reason. They don’t have the numbers on their side. Or history either.