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This Changes Everything by Sarah van Gelder

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CHAPTER 11A FAIR TAX SYSTEM:THREE PLACES TO START

CHUCK COLLINS

Over the last half-century, we’ve witnessed a dramatic shift in who pays taxes. The responsibility has moved off the very wealthy and onto the middle class, off the global corporations and onto small businesses, and off the federal government and onto state and local budgets.

According to a new report from Wealth for the Common Good, an organization that I co-founded, the wealthy have received massive tax cuts, not only under President George W. Bush but for decades before his election. The top 1% of taxpayers, those with incomes of $500,000 or more, have seen their share of income paid in federal taxes decline from 60 to 33.6 percent between 1960 and 2004. During President Bush’s ...

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