Tax the Poor?

Tuesday, 16 August 2011 06:13 By Matt Renner and Maya Schenwar, Truthout | Fundraising Message
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When the discussion has moved so far to the right that Reagan would be a centrist Democrat today, you know you’re in trouble.

Against all facts and reason, the right-wing unreality has taken over the national discussion, across the spectrum. During last week’s debate, every single one of the Republican candidates said they’d reject a national budget that included 10-to-1 spending cuts over taxes. Rick Perry, a former pilot and current evangelical governor of Texas, wants to tax more poor people. Seriously.

While the rest of the world is steadily moving away from a US-centric economy, we’re spinning our wheels. We can’t get off of dirty energy, we can’t raise taxes on the super-rich, we can’t get out of the quagmire in Afghanistan and we can’t stop locking up our own citizens. We can’t even hold a coherent discussion about solving our greatest challenges. Why?

One reason is clear. Corporate media is owned and controlled by the very money-hoarders who keep us fighting each other while they sell us plastic. The solution? Trustworthy sources must be cultivated and strengthened. New institutions must continue to grow, independent of corporate sponsorship. Media must be reorganized.

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

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.

Matt Renner

Matt Renner is Director of Development and Communications at Truthout.

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