- Chapter 1: what kind of nation do we want to be? -- Revenue loss and tax burden shift -- Impact on state treasuries -- The estate tax and inequality -- Concentrated wealth and democracy -- Concentrated wealth and equality of opportunity -- Growing inequality is bad economic policy -- Inequality and our civic and public health -- Does the estate tax have an impact? -- Chapter 2: the origins of America's estate tax -- The lost debate -- American values : the roots of the estate tax -- The gilded age and movement for an estate tax -- Early inheritance and estate taxation -- Supporters of the estate tax -- The establishment of the estate tax -- Chapter 3: opposition to the estate tax -- The effort to repeal the estate tax -- Inside the D.C. beltway -- "Death tax" : what's in a name? -- Orange county, California -- Seattle, Washington -- The hidden face of real estate taxpayers -- The estate tax down on the farm -- The estate tax and family owned enterprises -- The case for repeal : unsound and misleading arguments -- Chapter 4: the showdown -- The budget showdown -- Fiscal responsibility and the rising costs of estate tax repeal -- Organizing to oppose complete repeal -- The estate tax : a summary of changes -- Chapter 5: what we owe our society -- What is it worth to be an American? -- A religious perspective on wealth and society -- The estate tax and charitable giving -- Our civic wealth -- The estate tax and charity -- A new spirit of giving? -- What about the children? : the dangers of the silver spoon.
- 080704718X (hardcover : alk. paper)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 164-165).
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