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Which Watch Wealth?

Two watches. One costs just over $125. The other watch costs more than 20 times that much. What’s the difference? [...]

Research: Lucky People Feel More Lucky!

Is it true that if we all would just do the work of cultivating a feeling of gratefulness, all our wages would go up, we would get sick less often, people would like us more, we would shake the monkeys off our backs, and sleep well at night? [...]

Poor Ann Romney

If money isn’t really important to the Romneys, why have they collected so much of it? Why are they hoarding their wealth, instead of giving it away to people who need it? [...]

The General Election Pledge Americans Elect Hasn’t Made

It’s only 85 days until the first ballot of the Americans Elect presidential nomination, the first ever all-online presidential nomination in which a corporation will decide which candidates can run, the same corporation will run the election, and yes, the very same corporation is in charge of how the votes are counted. What else do [...]

The Problem of Donald Trump for Americans Elect: What Ideology is Me?

Donald Trump’s hired political spokesman, Michael Cohen, is making the rounds to news outlets in order to let it be known that Donald Trump is thinking hard about running for President under the banner of Americans Elect. Says Cohen on behalf of his boss:

“Couple Donald Trump’s name recognition with his extraordinary wealth and Americans [...]

No-tax ultrawealthy megachurch Rick Warren writes: the Poor pay too little in taxes!

When conservative preacher Rick Warren raked in $2.4 million last December for his “Saddleback Church” (an archipelago of high-tech churches, gymnasium courts, restaurants and even a music school sitting on nine campuses of prime California real estate), the church didn’t pay a penny of tax on that income. Saddleback Church is tax-exempt despite its wealth.

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List of 31 Democrats Who Signed The Letter Insisting On Tax Cuts For The Rich

A list of the 31 Democrats who signed a letter demanding that Democratic congressional leadership cave into Republican insistence on permanent tax cuts for the rich. [...]

Income Inequality Review: How Much Does the Richest 0.1% Control?

Two days ago, I prepared for today’s release of new 2009 Census income inequality data by looking at the record historically, namely the average household income of each income quintile from 1967 to 2008:

The top quintile is the fifth of the population that earned the highest income in 2008; the lowest quintile is [...]

Oh, to be Poor in Rye

Dear Dr. Obvious,

I live in a $2.5 million, 4000 square foot house. I have a nanny to take care of my children, my cooking and my cleaning. I have a gardener to take care of my immaculate three-acre yard, and a plow man to clear my quarter-mile driveway for me. My kids have cell [...]

Recycling Plastiki

I don’t think it’s appropriate for a man who was born into extreme luxury, who has always been able to consume whatever he wants whenever he wants, to lecture the rest of us about how we need to live more simply, and change our lifestyles. Have fun on your little South Pacific vacation, Mr. Rothschild, but please don’t expect me to give you applause as you board your yacht. [...]

Christianity Linked With Child Death

If the Prosperity Gospel’s claims were true, then we would see a best fit line sloping downward from left to right, with states with the highest proportion of Christians enjoying the lowest rates of child deaths. [...]