Stories by Sam Pizzigati

Sam Pizzigati edits the Institute for Policy Studies inequality weekly Too Much. His latest book, published by Seven Stories Press, is entitled "The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph over Plutocracy that Created the American Middle Class." subscribe to Sam Pizzigati's feed

Posted on: Nov 19, 2010, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

In 2009, the top 100 private purveyors of public services gobbled up $130 billion in federal contracts. In 2003, nine CEOs at for-profit colleges took in over $45 million each.

Posted on: Nov 2, 2010, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

For the ultra-wealthy masked behind the shadowy network, political contributions offer a return few other investments can match.

Posted on: Oct 21, 2010, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

The study’s starkest data snapshot? Maybe this: Half the people aged 20 and over in the world today hold under 2 percent of world wealth.

Posted on: Sep 28, 2010, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

The ten richest Americans on the new Forbes list carry, all by themselves, more than the inflation-adjusted net worth of the entire initial Forbes 400 list back in 1982.

Posted on: Sep 17, 2010, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

The power suits who run the for-profit educational industry enjoy paychecks in the multi-millions, often quadrupling the profit margins of defense contractors.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2010, Source: Campaign for America's Future

The huge pay gaps between executives and workers enhance the sense of power bosses feel and cause them to objectify lower level employees.

Posted on: Feb 9, 2010, Source: Campaign for America's Future

After corporations and rich folk began to complain, the White House scaled back its proposals aimed at companies that shift profits offshore.

Posted on: Jan 27, 2010, Source: AlterNet

New scientific research shows that Wall Street's war on the middle class is sabotaging our longevity.

Posted on: Dec 21, 2009, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

As ordinary Americans reel from the Great Recession, these gluttonous all-stars continue to claw in absurd amounts of money.

Posted on: Dec 2, 2009, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

We need more protection from corporate greed than the current mainstream antidotes provide. Americans get this. Too bad moderate reformers don't.

Posted on: Nov 24, 2009, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

Members of the super-rich elite don't care who gets burned by 30 years of tax cuts. Here's why we should.

Posted on: Nov 17, 2009, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

As the big bank bonus grab shifts into overdrive, doing "God's work" has never seemed so lucrative.

Posted on: Nov 3, 2009, Source: Dollars and Sense

We don’t want our tax dollars aiding companies that increase social inequalities. So why do we let our tax dollars help companies that increase economic inequality?

Posted on: Oct 19, 2009, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

Welcome to post-meltdown America. One year and counting after last fall’s high-finance collapse, average Americans are reeling and Wall Street is rejoicing.

Posted on: Oct 13, 2009, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

As the activities of many are beginning to illustrate, conquering economic inequality means banding together.

Posted on: Oct 6, 2009, Source: AlterNet

A new Institute for Policy Studies Report shows how big-business bubbles are keeping CEOs in the black -- and robbing the little guy.

Posted on: Sep 28, 2009, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

A new report by two celebrated economists attempts to reform the way we view a country's wealth.

Posted on: Sep 1, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Outrageously large rewards for executives give executives an incentive to behave outrageously -- and engage in behaviors that put the rest of us at risk.

Posted on: Aug 18, 2009, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

In 2007, the year before the Great Recession began, America's super rich partied — as never before. The evidence? We look at the year's freshly crunched income numbers.

Posted on: Jul 8, 2009, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

To become less unstable, states are going to have to first become less unequal.

Posted on: Jul 1, 2009, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

In a down economy, apologists for the awesomely affluent are having to dig deep for inspiration. In the process, they're looking dopey.

Posted on: Jun 24, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The Obama administration has watered down the rules on executive pay into mushy prescriptions that pose no real threat to the Big Boys' windfalls.

Posted on: May 18, 2009, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

In 2005, a Citigroup team began arguing that what “average” consumers do with their money really doesn’t matter any more.

Posted on: Apr 27, 2009, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

With Barack Obama's election, real reform has once again become politically viable. And America's anti-union business leaders know it.

Posted on: Apr 20, 2009, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

Families in the top 1 percent are grabbing a rising share of the nation’s income -- why does the data show no jump in their share of the wealth?

Posted on: Apr 14, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Few Americans realize just how incredibly little our nation's wealthy now pay in taxes. Our grandparents seriously taxed the rich. Why can't we?

Posted on: Apr 4, 2009, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

Hedge fund manager earnings remain, despite the global financial collapse, at absolutely stratospheric levels.

Posted on: Mar 22, 2009, Source: AlterNet

What would FDR do if he were around to see AIG's bonus bozos spit in the face of the American taxpayer?

Posted on: Mar 19, 2009, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

Have billionaires, as some observers claim, now 'suffered' their way back to the rest of us? Nope.

Posted on: Mar 10, 2009, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

Critics of Obama's tax plan claim the uber-rich will find a way to evade tax hikes. But history tells a different story.

Posted on: Feb 24, 2009, Source: Christian Science Monitor

They're paying far less of their incomes in taxes than average Americans.

Posted on: Feb 19, 2009, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

Yet again, the latest sports scandal demonstrates the perils of inequality.

Posted on: Feb 14, 2009, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

Our new White House has begun a counterattack against the grand divide between the rich and everyone else. It will be an uphill battle.

Posted on: Feb 2, 2009, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

Last week, a Labor Party "white paper" offered a surprisingly novel -- and rather remarkable -- proposal.

Posted on: Jan 16, 2009, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

Some CEOs are taking pay cuts. But here's why it's really faux sympathy for truly struggling workers.

Posted on: Jan 7, 2009, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

In our staggeringly unequal times, the source of Rocky's distress can offer the rest of us some welcome public policy inspiration.

Posted on: Jan 7, 2009, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

The economic meltdown may finally have ended the era that began when Ronald Reagan became President.

Posted on: Dec 22, 2008, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

For obvious reasons, we probably couldn't have picked a better year than 2008 to "honor" our most avaricious.

Posted on: Nov 17, 2008, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

Lawmakers still haven't recognized danger of concentrated wealth to the economy.

Posted on: Nov 12, 2008, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

To govern effectively for the middle of America's economic ladder, Obama is going to have to take aim at the top.

Pages