‘Sustainability’ Archive

Wealth and Politics: A History

Monday, November 21st, 2011

This is not simply a partisan slap, it is history.  How did we get to the current US government stalemate and social turmoil?

“The staggering economic inequality that has led Americans across the country to take to the streets in protest is no accident.  It has been fueled to a large extent by the GOP’s all-out war on behalf of the rich.  Since Republicans rededicated themselves to slashing taxes for the wealthy in 1997, the average annual income of the 400 richest Americans has more than tripled, to $345 million – while their share of the tax burden has plunged by 40 percent.  Today, a billionaire in the top 400 pays less than 17 percent of his income in taxes – five percentage points less than a bus driver earning $26,000 a year.  “Most Americans got none of the growth of the preceding dozen years,” says Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel Prize-winning economist. “  All the gains went to the top percentage points.” “

How the GOP Became the Party of the Rich

The inside story of how the Republicans abandoned the poor and the middle class to pursue their relentless agenda of tax cuts for the wealthiest one percent

by Tim Dickinson
The 400 Richest:  Income and Taxes

Green business Hero

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Alert businesses will shift to environmentally sustainable methods, because sustainable methods are necessary for economically sustainable businesses– businesses that will endure and prosper.

The Economist Sept. 10, 2011 print edition closes with praise for an entrepreneurial businessman who first built a prospering company, and then, long before most others had even contemplated the terms, set out to make his company green and sustainable.

Ray Anderson

The carpet-tile philosopher

The way has been shown.  The rest of us have an excellent example to emulate.