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Tax Avoidance On the Rise: It's Twice the Amount of Social Security and Medicare

Tax Avoidance On the Rise: It's Twice the Amount of Social Security and Medicare
Three trillion dollars a year. That's how much the wealthiest Americans avoid through the system of subsidies and schemes and sweet deals that deprive middle-class workers of their earned benefits. That's three times more than the deficit. That's enough for a full-time job for every middle-class household in America.
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Paul Buchheit
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Congress Could Learn a Lot About Accountability From the NFL

America tried to fire congress on Election Day when Democrats won a slight majority of congressional votes, 49 percent to 48 percent, yet Republicans ended up with the second-biggest majority in 60 years. The most-ineffective, most-unpopular congress in American postwar history is immune to our votes.
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Jason Stanford
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Why It's a Privilege to be a Progressive in 2013

We enter the new year with a degree of optimism, because Americans, except for Congress and the uninformed, are beginning to realize that cooperation transcends self-centeredness as a means of national betterment.
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Common Cause: The Young Vote is Alive and Well

Poll data from this past election indicates an increase in millennial voter turnout; even as articles leading up to election day speculated that voter apathy and the “enthusiasm gap” would surely yield a lower percentage of young people turning out.
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The God Inc. Pro-Life Argument

After two GOP Senate candidates saw their campaigns implode following their controversial comments about abortion and rape, some Republicans have encouraged their party to de-emphasize abortion. But anti-abortion leaders disagree. Faced with polls saying eight in 10 Americans think abortion should be legal when a pregnancy results from rape, these activists are pushing for more public discussion of the issue. It's part of a long-term campaign to bring the country closer to banning abortion in nearly all cases.
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Will CT Shooting Offer Chance for a New Start?

I spent many Sundays in a fundamentalist Christian church back home, and I don't remember our pastor ever depicting God as a Mafioso who demands protection money lest something happen to our children. Did we kick God out of the Oregon shopping mall, the Colorado cinema or the Wisconsin Sikh temple? Has secularism become so powerful that we can exile an omniscient deity from our public spaces?
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The GOP Is Officially a Third Party

If one political party's standard-bearer for president wrote off half of the electorate as people who would never vote for them, and had a message that only appealed to and was catered specifically toward only 1 percent of the voting public, why should anyone take that party or that candidate seriously enough for them to have a shot at winning?
For those still convinced that the GOP should still be a major party, Romney's gaffes notwithstanding, take a look at how the Republicans in the House of Representatives have voted over the last few years, particularly for the budgets they've proposed and endorsed. While they have no problem voting down tax cuts for middle class households (those making less than $250,000 a year), Republicans have steadfastly endorsed cutting taxes for the top 1 percent to even lower levels in their official budget proposal. That same budget makes the bulk of its cuts from social programs that are primarily there to benefit the middle class and the poor. The House Republican budget even makes part of its $4 trillion in cuts by ending federal funding for school lunch programs, meaning 280,000 poor kids would have less to eat, all so millionaires can have even bigger tax cuts.
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