“ Because my country — our country — means more than my money. ”

Charlie Fink, former AOL executive

 

Year In Review: 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, let’s take a moment to look back at the major events that impacted the state of the economy – and the national conversation around our three core issues – as we enter the new year, and the many policy developments this year that are giving us hope for better, brighter decade to come. 

Just Pay Your Taxes, Mr. Bezos

A couple weeks ago, billionaire Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced that he would be donating $98.5 million to charitable organizations to fight homelessness across the United States. While the move garnered Bezos a fair bit of glowing press coverage, we have reservations about celebrating the world’s richest man for using the spectacle of philanthropy as a political shield against paying his fair share in taxes.

Rich people are not the cause of a robust economy, they are the result of a robust economy. Ron Garret, Patriotic Millionaire and Angel Investor

 


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10 hours ago
Don't be fooled by philanthropic billionaires. Their charity is nothing compared to their fortunes.

Bill Gates, 2018
Wealth: $97 billion
Giving: $2.5 billion
Giving %: 2.6%

Warren Buffet, 2018
Wealth: $88.3 billion
Giving: $3.4 billion
Giving %: 3.9%

Taxation > philanthropy
12 hours ago
No one becomes a millionaire/billionaire on their own. People who become rich do so by relying heavily on public services.

We have to #TaxTheRich because rich Americans have too much influence and contribute too little.
15 hours ago
Nearly 50 million workers live in states that don’t think they deserve more than a poverty-level wage.

The 19 states stuck at the $7.25/hour federal minimum wage:

AL
GA
ID
IN
IA
KS
LA
MS
NC
ND
OK
PA
SC
TN
TX
UT
VA
WI
WY

#RaiseTheWage