Taxes

December 9, 2017
To the Teacher:   Ask students to read the following summary of the 2017 Republican tax bill and the controversy over it. (A pdf version of the reading is here.)  Afterwards, ask students for any…
November 4, 2017
  To the Teacher On November 2, 2017, Republicans in the House of Representatives unveiled a new tax reform plan. The "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" dramatically cuts corporate tax rates and would…
November 1, 2017
Student Reading Tax Reform & Wealth Inequality  In the coming weeks or months, President Trump and Congressional Republicans hope to push through a major tax reform bill that would dramatically…
October 16, 2016
Quiz   The following quotations are from the two major party candidates for the presidency. Can you tell which ones are from Donald Trump and which are from Hillary Clinton? "Imagine your paycheck…
April 10, 2016
Quick Quiz Question: Which "papers" have recently been in the news? 1) Pickwick Papers 2) Pentagon Papers 3) Panama Papers 4) Federalist Papers   Answer:  3) Ask volunteers to read the…
February 28, 2016
  Taxes are a central issue in the 2016 presidential campaign.  In fact, taxation almost always is an important issue in national elections because: a)  Taxation is one big way that we (through…
June 23, 2014
To the Teacher: A new book by French economist Thomas Piketty has become a surprise bestseller in America this year. Capital in the Twenty-First Century argues that, with a few exceptions, economic…
June 18, 2012
  By Marieke van Woerkom   To the teacher: "We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by, or we can…
July 23, 2011
by Alan Shapiro   "Follow the money and you will find what we truly care about and stand for as a nation"  — Marion Wright Edelman, president, Children's Defense Fund   "If you want to…
July 23, 2011
To the Teacher:   President Bush likes to talk about the series of tax cuts his administration has made in the past few years. The controversial cuts are also a favorite topic of Bush's opponents…