In follow-up to the national political
sideshows conventions, MSNBC's Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry hosted a conversation about the 2012 RNC slogan, "We Built It," citing UFE's book, The Self-Made Myth. Small business owners discussed the role of government investments—funded by tax revenue—in bolstering entrepreneurialism and job creation by small businesses.
An out-of-context quote from President Obama became the theme of last week's Republican National Convention. In March, UFE published The Self-Made Myth, which contrasts the "self-made myth" with the "built-together reality." So who built it? UFE looked to the stories of successful businesspeople to generate a more meaningful discussion on this issue and its implications on public policy.
Oregon's estate tax has been in place for 109 years without hurting Oregon businesses and family farms. It is a fair and sensible policy that provides the state with revenue for schools, infrastructure, and other shared priorities. And, it has the added benefit of helping to combat economic inequality. If you live in Oregon, please take action to vote down Measure 84.
Most Americans are unaware of how extreme the distribution of wealth in the U.S. is. They do know, however, that their idealized economy would be one in which wealth is well distributed among the rich, poor, and middle class. How can we make their wish a reality, and spread the word about the inequality prevailing in our country?
This is a fun read and a great way to raise community awareness of the real story behind the economic crisis and racial inequality. A friend of UFE sent this letter to the editor of his local paper (The Winchester Star) in response to a misguided attack on immigrants. And it got published! If you grew up on The Andy Griffith Show, you'll enjoy this...