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Links 1 through 10 of 15 by Maria Niles tagged taxes

How about other taxes? Inheritance taxes and property transfer taxes are two examples of laws that favor married couples. But that still doesn't make the inequities unique to gay folks. Two sisters who pool their economic resources for a lifetime? Two single parents -- gay, straight, one of each -- who form an economically and emotionally interdependent unit to raise their children? A loving daughter who devotes 20 years of her life to living with and caring for an ill and aging mother? A communal household of radical faeries?

The list goes on, and the bottom line is that married couples get the tax breaks. If same sex couples could marry-and we got rid of DOMA-, then married same-sex couples would get those breaks too. As far as I'm concerned, that would bring us no closer to tax equity than we are now. For that, we need to make marriage matter less.

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If you're not married or in a romantic relationship, people may assume there's something wrong with you, that your life is incomplete. It may feel incomplete to you, too -- or you may feel entirely whole and fulfilled. It can be hard to be single in a "couplist" world. Most of the books, billboards, and ads targeting single people are focused only on how to help them find partners, as if that were the only subject of interest to single people.

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If estimates are correct and upwards of 70% of Black women will never marry, the vast majority of Black women will be disproportionately affected by the expenses of being single. With noticeable differences regarding the workplace, insurance rates, health and monetary benefits, taxation, and social norms and a population of people unable to marry, it's time to rethink those norms and accommodate a changing society that no longer consists of a married majority. It's unfair to reward the life choices of some and not others when all are valid realities that should be treated as such.

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This is an absolutely stunning, must read story.

"Americans, do yourselves a favor. Insist on Single Payer National Health Care. Find out what that means and assist your brave new President in helping to make it happen."

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"We're left now with congressional Democrats that have spines like overcooked spaghetti. So who is going to stop the Treasury secretary from doing whatever he wants?"

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Permanently extending the tax cuts would reduce tax revenue by $1 trillion over four years. If Mr. McCain eliminated every earmark (including money for the gas pipeline that Ms. Palin wants to build in Alaska), the savings would total about $18 billion a year. He hasn’t offered any idea of where he’ll get the rest of the money.

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The reluctance of Hillary Clinton and John McCain to reveal more about their finances ill-serves voters and the nominating process of both parties.

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The only way to keep the economy going over the long run is to increase the wages of the bottom two-thirds of Americans.

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One way to prevent or shorten a recession would be to repeal the Bush tax cuts two years early, in 2009.

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But considering how few Democrats or Republicans are ready to tell the people the truth on this issue, maybe we have the president we deserve.

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