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Opinion: America’s tax system is rigged to protect the rich and powerful

The US tax system is rigged, and it is breaking the country in more ways than one. Much of the Republican Party lives and breathes to protect the rich and powerful from paying taxes, and Democrats like Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia too often side with them. Meanwhile, public opinion — strongly supporting higher taxes on wealthy Americans and corporations — counts for little because the rich have undue influence over the political class.

The US tax system is rigged, and it is breaking the country in more ways than one. Much of the Republican Party lives and breathes to protect the rich and powerful from paying taxes, and Democrats like Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia too often side with them. Meanwhile, public opinion — strongly supporting higher taxes on wealthy Americans and corporations — counts for little because the rich have undue influence over the political class.

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