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Your Tax Dollars at Work: The Syrian Strike, Military and War


As our government launches unecessary and dangerous attacks in Syria, it's devastating to know who paid for it: we did.

The average taxpayer contributed $3,456 to the military in 2017, compared to just $426 to care for veterans of all of our past and current wars, $80 to welfare, and just $39 to the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Cut off the Pentagon Funds and Stop the March to War


In the State of the Union address, the president listed a slew of countries and non-countries he named as threats to "our interests, our economy, and our values."

He then says that "unmatched power is the surest means of our defense," and seemingly earnestly demands that we must "fully fund our great military."

Tax Reform This Bad Only Comes Along Once in a Generation


President Ronald Reagan's tax and spending cuts of the 1980s were disastrous for local communities.

What takes you back? Is it the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand"? The Challenger crash? The OJ Simpson trial? Whatever it is, and whatever your age, the tax plan that's just a whisper away from passing into law is one of the worst, most disastrous pieces of legislation you'll see in your lifetime.

This tax reform is the worst.

Death and Taxes: Trump's Tax Bill and the National Defense Authorization Act

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The priorities in Congress this week are clear: a $700 billion authorization for military spending in FY 2018, and a $1.5 trillion tax plan that bestows untold wealth upon the already jaw-droppingly wealthy. As the saying goes, nothing is certain but death and taxes. This week, Congress played along.

Tax Cuts of the Rich and Famous


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If the Trump tax plan were an object, you can bet it would be gold-plated. The official tax plan released November 2 by the House of Representatives is a massive reworking of the tax code. It's easy to get lost, but a few measures stand out. 

Change in Corporate Tax Rate

Senate Steps Closer to Tax Cuts for the Very Rich


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Imagine this: you go to the ATM, only to find there's no money in your account. The only other person with access to the account is your wealthy uncle, and he's drained it. There goes your lunch money - hope you weren't hungry.