Morris Pearl and Erica Payne
Even though April 15 doesn’t loom on the tax return front this year as it does most years, this time of year is one where many, if not most, think about who pays what as part of our various civic and national joint undertakings, this as one is doing one’s part. The discrepancies and rifts in this have become even more visibly marked with the pandemic, and who has profited most substantially. Morris Pearl, former managing director of BlackRock, and Erica Payne, chair and founder/president, respectively of the Patriotic Millionaires, are now co-authors of Tax the Rich! How Lies, Loopholes, and Lobbyists Make the Rich Even Richer (The New Press).
“Tax the Rich! reveals the inner workings of a system designed to make rich people richer and everyone else poorer. It breaks down how the economy has been deliberately structured, in large part through the tax code, to funnel the vast majority of economic growth into the pockets of millionaires and billionaires, working people be damned. This book gives a rare insider’s view of how the system is rigged, and offers a blueprint on how to fix it, starting with an engaged and united electorate holding politicians accountable for taxing the rich.”—Robert Reich.
“Tax the Rich! should be on the bookshelves of every single working person in America. In this book, Morris and Erica skillfully reveal in plain English just how rigged our economy and tax code really are … If we want to live in the kind of country where everyone, no matter what their background, has a chance at the American dream, the only way to get there is by taxing the rich.” —Abigail Disney.
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