The Fast Track Truth: Wyden-Hatch-Ryan Bill Is Nothing New (Primary Wyden Anyone?)

It is not enough to simply say the deal on “fast track” is a bad one. We need to understand, in the details, why what is being sold as a new “improved” fast track is just utter nonsense.

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Fast Track/TPP SellOut: Ron Wyden May Have Cut The Deal–And For A Repeat Dumb Idea

There are a ton of bad ideas out there in the world of economic policy–mostly, those are dumb ideas having to do with the complete comfort with class warfare, from “trickle down” to “CEOs are job creators” to so-called “Free trade.” It is one of the great astonishing things that, despite the fact that all […]

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TPP Chuckle: The White House Desperation Is Almost Funny

The Trans Pacific Partnership is no laughing matter. It’s a fast track to lower wages, environmental disasters and the undermining of democracy. But, hell, I think maybe the president has a sense of humor on all this. Or, on a serious note, he’s unintentionally showing how weak support is for TPP and the odious “fast […]

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“The market rate for me as a C.E.O. compared to a regular person is ridiculous, it’s absurd”

Pearls of wisdom. Not the economics–because it is absurd, the reality not of “free market” competition but the reality of cronyism, corruption and greed. But, Dan Price saw the immorality of paying people shit and did something about it: he cut his pay and is raising everyone’s wages.

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Jerking Around Workers: Schneiderman Thinking It May Not Be Legal

Leave it to the managers and executives trying to squeeze the life out of workers to come up with the newest twist in brutal behavior, using the wondrous world of technology (you know, the thing that will save us all and make work even happier…not!) to make it all happen. Essentially, it goes like this: forget a work schedule you know in advance…the Great Wizard behind the work curtain may only decide to bestow upon you, the servant worker, the luck of some work just a few hours before you have to show up for the job.

Except it might be illegal. At least in New York.

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Slowdown: Paychecks Still Thin

This is just a repeated point–repeated because it’s just so obvious, though it seems to escape the grey cells of transcribers of press releases (formerly known as “journalists”) and other analysts.

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NYTimes Rush To Judgement

I’ve been irritated by this before but was moved to write and send–probably pointlessly to the tower of silence on 8th Avenue–the following to the Times’ Public Editor:

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Secret Offshore Accounts: Companies Dodging $600 Billion In Taxes

Thirteen days away, tick tock, tick tock…everyone is getting ready to write those checks to the IRS for the money they owe on income earned–you know, the ones that fund highways, education, health care and, grumble, war.

Except for corporations, of course. It’s the same old story–dodge, dodge, dodge a fair share of taxes. $600 billion.

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BREAKING: Clintons Donate Millions From Legal Bribery, Declare Support FOR Street Revolution

You got it…April Fool’s

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Wages Matter

More about this later…many discussions about jobs at the UN but the question that always comes up in my mind: what do those jobs pay? There is a company right there in Bentonville that is happy to create lots of jobs even if people remain in poverty working for Wal-Mart wages.

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Ted’s Turds

It is constantly a head-shaking opportunity to watch when the serious wing-nuts continue to shop ideas that have either been proven to be just wrong and/or hurt most people–even when the same wing-nuts peddle wacky ideas with promises of a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for everyone. Ladies and gents, it’s Ted Cruz time.

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Three Reasons For The Estate Tax

It’s pretty sad that we still have to make the argument that 4,700 estates (or the richest 0.18 percent all of estates) need to keep paying taxes on their estates. But, alas, there we are.

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BREAKING: WikiLeaks Leaks TPP Draft!!!

Here it is, for the world to see.

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Actors Not On Same Script Over Theater Pay

Having worked with creative unions and, particularly, actors’ unions, I can reveal a shocking thing: it’s a contentious world. I know, this rates right up there with shocking news that, say, the Clintons are happy to take money from dictators or whoever is willing to write a check. Tomorrow, ballots go out on an advisory […]

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TPP Exports Smoke-And-Mirrors…Or Are Those Lies?

Back in the day when I, reluctantly, took statistics (barely passing, is my recollection), the favorite cliche making the rounds was, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” (as an aside, there is some dispute about whether Mark Twain correctly attributed the saying to British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli but whatever). […]

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The Looming Job Killer Isn’t Regulation/BlahBlah…It’s The Federal Reserve Board

Putting aside the noise that rumbles from the Boehner-McConnell-Fill-In-The-Blank Republican divorced-from-reality view of the economy, who rail about job-killing taxes/regulation/voodoo, the far bigger threat to jobs right now hails from the halls of the Federal Reserve Board. It could, within weeks or months, guarantee that hundreds of thousands of people won’t have a job, and reawaken the deficit-mongering crowd’s call for cuts in government that will hurt millions more.

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