Posted on 25 March 2015.
Here it is, for the world to see.
Posted on 24 March 2015.
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 […]
Posted on 23 March 2015.
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). […]
Posted on 18 March 2015.
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.
Posted on 16 March 2015.
Full disclosure: I’ve made by contribution to the popularity of “House of Cards” by watching all three seasons (FWIW, I though the third season was stilted, pretty boring in many parts and, basically, a slightly edgier version of “The West Wing” and that’s not meant as a positive…). That said, this doesn’t surprise me because no corporation is immune from trying to take advantage of our dumb tax system that consistently rewards corporations for no good reason at the expense of taxpayers.
Posted on 13 March 2015.
Laffer. You know, the guy who came up with the most discredited economic theory in modern times that just makes you want to…laugh. It’s a joke but not everyone gets it.
Posted on 12 March 2015.
You’ve probably read about the remarkable political rise of Syriza in Greece, in an election that was a rebuke of the European austerity model led by Germany. Next up: Spain.
Posted on 11 March 2015.
Well, a tip of the hat to some people in labor for reaching down and remembering they have a few cojones left–or maybe it was reaching deep into their pockets and remembering that they have the money, and there are a lot of people (read: politicians) who will do just about anything to get a check. Like vote against fast-track and the Trans Pacific Partnership.
Posted on 09 March 2015.
Workers get killed and injured every day on the job: just the daily toll the “free market” exacts for the glory of CEOs and their enrichment. Mostly, no one goes to jail–sound familiar?–because the laws of the country make it virtually impossible to hold anyone criminally liable when a worker dies. Today, a small tiny bit of justice was done in the case of Sarah Jones.
Posted on 09 March 2015.
Not to be holier than though, I’m writing this on a Mac Air…and the IPad is on the desk along with the Iphone. But, it did make me think: how many of my dollars did Apple find a way of stashing overseas in its $69.7 billion hoard that sits out of reach of the U.S. government? Not to wag a finger just at Apple, it’s a bunch of other tech companies that lead the way on stashing overseas $2.1 trillion in corporate taxes–and the number just swells.
Posted on 05 March 2015.
It’s a good thing when we use real words to describe the truth. When bankers rip off people with mortgage scams, it’s robbery–even if they get away with it because we have a government unwillingness to jail them. And, once and a while, a politician gets it right.
Posted on 02 March 2015.
It’s not enough that Goldman Sachs is a ” financial snake pit rife with greed, conflicts of interest, and wrongdoing.” The company has to dodge paying a fair share of taxes, too.
Posted on 27 February 2015.
Just in case you wondered if the pigs weren’t still at the trough looking to take every dollar they could.
Posted on 27 February 2015.
Good to see Elizabeth Warren taking on the Trans Pacific Partnership. Aside from her terrific leadership opposing Wall Street, her views on some other issues (for example, her fairly mainstream blindly pro-Israel views) have been less clearly progressive. But kudos on this.
Posted on 26 February 2015.
Let me give credit, up front, to a splendid idea from the actors Greg Wise and Emma Thompson that clarified my own outrage at a simple reality: the bankers destroyed the economy with their greed and incompetence, the Obama Administration lets each bank CEO off the hook with a negotiated deal for a fine that the institution, not the banker pays, and with no jail time for a single high-ranking Wall Streeter and WE PAY FOR THIS.
That’s right: each one of us, with our taxes, pays for this sleazy deal with the financial elite.
Posted on 25 February 2015.
We’ve never had a problem with finding money in the federal budget. Iraq War/Afghanistan/Drones? Pfft…a few trillion, no problem. Tax cuts for the rich? Here, take hundreds of billions of dollars. The problem is PRIORITIES and MORALITY.
Today, the question boils down to: does the Congress want to help 25 million kids and their families have a few dollars more in the household budget–to buy food, clothes and pay for heating–OR would the Congress rather give billions of dollars in useless, wasteful tax cuts to business?