A good society taxes its wealthiest members to invest in infrastructure and services for all. At least that was the consensus fifty years ago, but now the wealthy pay lower taxes than the rest of us.
Chuck Collins from the Institute of Policy Studies talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what our society needs and how to pay for it. Collins is the author of the pamphlet Reversing the Great Tax Shift: Seven Steps to Finance Our Economic Recovery Fairly, available here.
The guest is Steve Fraser, editor, historian and author of Wall Street: America's Dream Palace. Fraser will be speaking at the Illahee Lecture Series this Wednesday, April 15th, at 7:30PM. His topic is Wall Street: A History of Desire. In the book Wall Street: America's Dream Palace Fraser recounts the history of Wall Street and analyzes how the U.S. has wresteled with fundamental questions of wealth and work, democracy and elitism, greed and salvation.
The U.S. House of Representatives passes the “Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act” on Thursday, bringing Congress a step closer to federal Food and Drug Administration regulation of tobacco products.
This week, a federal tobacco tax hike of 62-cents per pack went into effect, and Oregon is considering raising its tax another 60-cents. KBOO’s Hayden Alminiana has more, in collaboration with the Oregon News Service
Host Theresa Mitchell interviews renowned theorietical physicist Michio Kaku, cofounder of string field theory, best selling author, and national radio and TV host. Kaku explores the boundaries of the real world by asking, "Could the impossibilities of today become the realities of the future?"
Oregonians may soon see their Electricity Bills rising, and it won’t just be because the cost of producing electricity is going up.
Oregon’s two biggest electricity producers are safeguarding their profits by trying to raise electric bills.
Pacific Power’s parent company, Pacificorp, has asked the Oregon Public Utility Commission for a nine percent rate increase effective next year.
That increase would help Pacificorp almost double its profit margin.
Portland General Electric is also going to see its profits rise, even as people use less power.
That’s thanks to poorly timed program to promote energy efficiency.
Harriet and Marge host another installment of House Holding, or Homemaking Gone Progressive. They see a new way of considering our roles as stewards, not just as it applies in the world at large, but in the concrete management of resources as they flow from the natural world to our homes, kitchens, tables and community. Join them for a discussion of house holding as a form as activism. Today's topic is "Getting Ready For Your Preserving Season."
Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Chris Martenson, who offers a free crash course on "how we got into this economic crisis." Chris Martenson is an author; obsessive financial observer; trained as a scientist; experienced in business; has made profound changes in his lifestyle because of what he sees coming.
After a thirty year hiatus, however, nuclear power is back on the table, this time touted as a carbon emission-free source of electricity. But Karl Grossman is still here to tell us what we're not supposed to know about Nuclear Power.
Theresa Mitchell and Presswatch are off this week. Today we'll hear from local war tax resisters on actions planned for Tax Day and why it's still important to resist war taxes. Guests include Pam Allee. Crystal Leighty hosts.
From the White House to City Hall, everyone's talking about making the transition to a new green economy. But how do we make sure this new economy doesn't perpetuate the disparities of the old one? Can we make the shift without making things even worse for those already struggling with economic and environmental injustice? How can we ensure that all communities benefit from this transition?