We have expanded our purview a bit to include a few other issues: raising the minimum wage, more disclosure of political spending, and generally trying to help regular Americans have the same kind of political influence as do the wealthiest Americans, in addition to making the tax system more fair.
My family and millions of others like us came to America during a time when America had an implicit social contract. It was a time when key policy makers realized that the best investment that the nation could make was in its own citizens. So that those citizens would have the chance to lead decent and productive lives. It was a time of national wisdom, humanity, and humility.
An upcoming Epix documentary series, “America Divided,” will investigate social, economic and political inequality. Patriotic Millionaires Norman Lear and Lawrence Benenson are working to bring it about.
Across the country efforts to increase the minimum wage are being debated, fought for, and increasingly victorious.
I don’t see refragmentation; I see the winner-take-all economy. A few decades ago, there was plenty of room for the tenth best car service or the twentieth best restaurant, or the seventh best book store. Not any more.
What is happening is that the ultra-wealthy are using their disposable income to buy political influence, then using that influence to get laws passed that allow them to collect rents.
NEW YORK — Morris Pearl, a former managing director of the world’s largest investment company, walked out of his three-bedroom Park Avenue co-op on a recent rainy morning and headed to a Beaux Arts-style members-only club. He fit the scene seamlessly, greeted by smartly dressed attendants who knew him well.
Does the United States Congress think that big companies should be able to spend money on politics, secretly?
In this new TEDx Talk, Chuck Collins, heir to the Oscar Myer fortune invites the planet’s wealthy to “come home” – not withdraw – and humbly invest in building resilient and healthy communities. He urges his fellow wealthy to join networks like the Patriotic Millionaires to advocate for tax fairness, living wages and a campaign finance system that reduces the influence of big money and politics.
Just donate a few tens of thousands of dollars to a Senator and then when he reaches out to extend his thanks, explain to him the grave injustice to which the bank is subjecting you to, and explain how it could all be made right by just adding one harmless little non-controversial paragraph to the Trust Indenture Act.
For progressives like myself, the Institute for Policy Studies’ finding that twenty Americans own more wealth than half the population presents a frustrating puzzle.
Patriotic Millionaire and Amalgamated Bank CEO Keith Mestrich was profiled in the Washington Post for the banks responsible practices and commitment to workers.
Morris Pearl: I have worked hard in my life, but there are plenty of people who worked far harder than I have at actual backbreaking jobs, whether it’s driving buses, taking care of the sick people in the hospitals or rescuing people from fires. They pay tax at a much higher rate than I do.
Far too many business leaders today define the success of their company solely by the profit it generates. That’s one reason why so many Americans are losing faith in major corporations – they’re tired of seeing a mentality that puts profit before people, whether those people be the companies’ employees or their fellow citizens.
The comedic play titled Who’s Your Baghdaddy? or How I Started the Iraq War, produced by Patriotic Millionaires’ own Charlie Fink, is this weeks New York Times Critics Pick! The off Broadway musical has received high praise for its ability to comically capture the absurdity of the Iraq war.
Patriotic Millionaire Abigail Disney has launched her directorial debut with her new film The Armor of Light. The film follows an Evangelical minister on his journey to end the growing toll of gun violence.