wealth inequality

$140,000,000,000.00

Earlier this month (July 19), VoxFairfax reported that a Virginia not-for-profit partnered with a New York-based not-for-profit (RIP Medical Debt) to eradicate $278 million owed by Virginians and Tennesseans. The relief covered over 26,000 Commonwealth residents. The project was spearheaded… Read More ›

Uncharitable SCOTUS

Sir Thomas Browne (d. 1682) is acknowledged to be the first to coin the expression into print form in 1642: Charity begins at home, is the voice of the world; yet is every man his greatest enemy, and, as it… Read More ›

Amazon, My Amazon

Often despite dedicated efforts to the contrary, our nation collapses under its own dynamics, forgetting the lessons of history and the laws and policies that previous events have taught us. In A History of American Law (by Lawrence M. Friedman),… Read More ›

Rearranging Totem Equity

In June 1381, a mere 600-plus years ago, the English crown enacted a tax on each member, or poll, in a household, to raise funds to finance the seemingly endless Hundred Years’ War with France. The new tax heavily burdened… Read More ›

Size Matters

Professional politicians, especially in debate or for sound bites, and commentary pundits often employ the adage One Size Does Not Fit All (or its converse, One Size Fits All) as a folksy, puckish jab referring to some proposition, issue, or… Read More ›

Suisse Cheese: Bait for Tax Cheats

Editors’ Note: Reposted from The New York Times, March 13, 2021. Tax avoiders, complicit international banks, expensive lawyers work together.  By Katie Benner and Michael Forsythe Seven years after Credit Suisse promised federal prosecutors that it would stop helping rich Americans hide their… Read More ›