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Tax the Rich, Stupids!

Thursday, 18 August 2011 09:52 By Maya Schenwar and Matt Renner, Truthout | Fundraising Message
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Congress, as an institution, currently has a lower approval rating than public nose-picking. One reason is that it can’t seem to listen to the over 60 percent of the population that feels that taxing the rich and corporations should be the first step in any effort to balance the nation’s checkbook. This isn’t some populist anger, as the mainstream media often describes it. It’s proven economics.

So what is standing in the way? Where is our system of representative democracy failing? Truthout and BuzzFlash readers know: we’ve entered a new stage of plutocratic governance where money is speech and the ones with the gold make the rules. Authors like Thom Hartmann, Richard D. Wolff and Noam Chomsky probe this frightening reality on a daily basis, exposing the crude inner workings of the system - as well as possibilities for true, revolutionary change.

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Maya Schenwar, Executive Director and Matt Renner, Director of Development

Matt Renner

Matt Renner is Director of Development and Communications at Truthout.

Maya Schenwar

Maya Schenwar is Truthout’s Editor-in-Chief. Her book, Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better, will be out from Berrett-Koehler Publishers in November. Follow her on Twitter: @mayaschenwar

Previously, she was a senior editor and reporter at Truthout, writing on US defense policy, the criminal justice system, campaign politics, and immigration reform. Prior to her work at Truthout, Maya was contributing editor at Punk Planet magazine. She has also written for the Guardian, In These Times, Ms. Magazine, AlterNet, Z Magazine, Bitch Magazine, Common Dreams, the New Jersey Star-Ledger and others. She also served as a publicity coordinator for Voices for Creative Nonviolence. Maya is on the Board of Advisors at Waging Nonviolence.

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