Progressive Tax

Rebuilding the Dream with Fair Taxes

— Lee Farris
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Read UFE's tax fact sheet for the Rebuild the Dream coalition, led by MoveOn.org in partnership with more than 80 organizations and over 160,000 individuals committed to advancing one simple ideal: liberty and justice for all. The coalition's "Contract for the American Dream" includes 10 critical steps for getting the economy back on track. This fact sheet details one of those steps.

AUDIO: El Debate Sobre la Deuda No Es Ningún Debate

— Dany
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Tim Sullivan de UFE se unió a Andrea Sears en la radio WBAI Pacifica de Nueva York para poner claro que la parálisis de la deuda en Washington D.C. se ha convertido en un ejercicio de posturas políticas arriesgadas, en lugar de servicios públicos.

Sears se refiere a la reciente entrada de blod de UFE: "7 Preguntas Acerca de la Deuda Nacional que los Políticos No Quieren que Preguntemos," en la cual nosotros comparamos varias prioridades de gasto para enfatizar lo que se podría significar, para las familias ordinarias, una aproximación a la política Republicana de "no más impuestos." Sears también expresa una confusión acerca del enfoque del debate en Washington:

"Estas son cosas que no son dicutidas en Washington. Estoy muy frustrada por eso. Este país se encuentra en una forma terrible, económicamente, y aún así, el debate en Washington está restringido a eslóganes: no nuevos impuestos, no impuestos para los creadores de trabajo, los cuales no han creado un sólo trabajo desde Reagan." 

 Haga Click Aquí para escuchar la entrevista (en inglés). (Adelantar hasta 6:40 para la entrevista con Tim Sullivan)

AUDIO: Debt Debate Not a Debate At All

— Maz
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UFE's Tim Sullivan joined Andrea Sears on WBAI Pacifica Radio New York to make it clear that the debt standoff in Washington, D.C. has become an exercise in political posturing and brinksmanship, rather than public service.

Sears refers to UFE's recent blog post, "7 Questions on the Debt that Politicians Don't Want Us to Ask," in which we compare various spending priorities to emphasize what Republicans' "no new taxes" approach could mean for ordinary families, and expresses confusion over the focus of the debate in Washington:

"These are things that are not being discussed in Washington. I'm just baffled by this. The country is in terrible shape right now, economically, and yet the debate in Washington is restricted to sloganeering: no new taxes, don't tax the job creators, who haven't created a job since Reagan."

Click here to listen to the interview. (Forward to 6:40 for the interview with Tim Sullivan.)

New Report: Flip It to Fix It

— Dany
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Los estados están frente al descenso más grande en ingresos que se ha registrado. La repuesta proveniente de los oficiales electos ha sido francamente perjudiciales, miope, y económicamente poco sólida. Hacer recortes para salir de un déficit es como excavar para salirse de un foso. Pone todo lo que nosotros valoramos en riesgo. Y como decimos en nuestro nuevo reporte — Denle Vuelta para Solucionarlo: no tiene que pasar de esta forma. 

Seattle RW member Speaks Up on Debt Debate

— Maz
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Tracy Lake can't believe that anyone would be willing to risk the U.S. credit rating.

TRACY LAKE: It's probably the most valued asset we have in a global economy, is the faith in credit of our ability to pay something back. And the fact that we've already purchased goods and services, and now we're deciding whether or not we're going to pay for them is just plain wrong.

KASTE: Lake is a real estate developer and she's worried that a downgrade would raise interest rates and make it harder to get the loans she needs to run her business. Like Carender, she's politically active but she's part of Responsible Wealth, an organization of well-to-do types that want to pay higher taxes.

LAKE: The only right and moral thing is to tax the wealthy, wealthier part of our population.

KASTE: Be completely honest. If you had to pay a higher tax rate, wouldn't that suppress you're productivity as a company, or your ability to employ people?

LAKE: Yes, it would. But I look at it this way: I am where I am because of opportunities afforded me because of our economic structure, because of our culture, because of the freedom and access to education. Wealthy Americans owe this due bill back to our country for the opportunity to earn great sums of money.

Listen to the story and read the full transcript on NPR.org

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