Scott Klinger

Working people are forced to sacrifice for the common good. Why aren't the titans of capitalism?

When I was a child, I heard my parents say that when we save our money it works for us. I remember having to dress up in my church clothes when I went to the bank to deposit my birthday checks or money I saved from my allowances.

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7 Things You Didn't Know About the Ultra Rich

Each year, the Internal Revenue Service publishes data on the collective income of the 400 taxpayers who report the most income on their tax returns.

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The Terrible Things That Happen When Santa Claus Visits CEOS

This week marks the 20th anniversary of an epic boondoggle in U.S. policy-making history. On Dec. 20, 1995, a tax rule went into effect that was supposed to rein in CEO pay. Boy, did it backfire. 

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100 CEOs’ Nest Eggs = Retirement Savings of 41% of Families

If you think the pay gap in this country is bad, consider the retirement savings gap. 

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5 Juicy Tax Breaks That Corporations Enjoy That the Public Can't Touch

Corporations are quick to claim “corporate personhood” and their First Amendment rights when it comes to their ability to donate to political candidates, influence elections, and lobby or when it comes to advertising their products, especially those deemed dangerous or socially destructive. But on tax day, corporations are quite content with a tax code full of perks and privileges for corporations that are not available to living, breathing human beings.

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Gutting Social Security: It Isn't Just an Issue for Old Folks

For most teens and twentysomethings, the raging debate in Washington over Social Security reform probably seems as relevant and engaging as PBS’s Friday night lineup of Antiques Roadshow and Jerry Lewis:  Live from Las Vegas

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Five Job-Destroying CEOs Trying to “Fix” the Debt by Slashing Corporate Taxes and Cutting Social Security Benefits

In poll after poll, the American people say they are far more concerned about the jobs crisis than the “debt crisis.” A powerful coalition of CEOs says they have an answer for both problems.

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10 Filthy-Rich, Tax-Dodging Hypocrites Pushing Disastrous Austerity on America

Brace yourself for one of the most aggressive corporate lobbying campaigns of all time. And one of the most hypocritical.

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6 Rigged Rules Corporations Use to Dodge Taxes

The following article first appeared on the Web site of The Nation. For more great content from the Nation, sign up for its e-mail newsletters here.  

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The Bush-Packed Supreme Court Thinks Corporations Are People Too

This week's Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case removes all limits on large corporations to finance and influence federal elections. In its ruling the court reverses a decades-old ruling barring companies from using their general funds to fund political campaigns, and guts pieces of the popular McCain-Feingold campaign finance legislation. In so doing the Court implicitly embraces a 125 year-old precedent in the case of Santa Clara v. Santa Fe, where the Court first developed the legal doctrine of corporate personhood, explicitly granting corporations the same political and civil rights granted to human beings (historian Thom Hartmann discovered that the principle originated with a corrupt court clerk who added it to the case summary, rather than with the court itself).

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