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Taxes are something we all have to deal with, whether we like it or not. They fund basic infrastructure and much needed social programs. The tax cuts of the Bush administration were supposed to create more jobs and redistribute the wealth for average Americans, but have they?
To find out, we talk with a single mom and a tax fairness advocate to debunk some myths about how wealth is created and what people can do to change tax policy. We also look at how an under-reported union between political conservatives and the Christian right preserves the gap between the haves and have-nots.
Bonus audio (NOT broadcast-quality):
Interview with the Urban Institute’s Adam Carasso
Harmony Langford, single mom in Flint, Michigan; Anisha Desai, Deputy Director, United for Fair Economy; Tom McClosky, vice president of government affairs and chief lobbyist of the Family Research Council; Rich Meagher, PhD candidate, City University of New York; Max Sawicky, economist at the Economic Policy Institute.
Senior Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Contributing Producer: Abby Scher
Mixing Engineer: Phillip Babich
Intern: Alexis McCrimmon
Recording assistants: Richie Duchon, Geoff Brady, Doug George and Robert Frazier
For more information:
United for A Fair Economy – Boston, MA
UFE’s Racial Wealth Divide Project
Urban Institute – Washington, DC
The Public Eye magazine – Somerville, MA
Citizens for Tax Justice – Washington, DC
Economic Policy Institute – Washington, DC
Family Research Council – Washington, D.C.
Other helpful links:
Economic Self-Sufficiency Coalition of Western New York
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities – Washington, DC
Public Eye: “Tax Revolt as a Family Value – How the Christian Right Is Becoming A Free Market Champion”