An Opera Diva Can Be A Union Buster, And Just As Dumb As A Corp Thug

The tender landscape of art can often obscure labor nastiness, and stupidity, that rivals anything you’d find in the corporate world, with stupidity and greed part of the mix (take Arianna Huffington, grand narcissist, who is happy to leach off writers and make tens of millions along the way). Welcome to the New York Metropolitan Opera, folks, which, true to form, is trying to lay blame on its workers and threatening a lock-out, when mismanagement has been the order of the day.

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Marvin Miller Will Not Be Mentioned, And So Baseball Continues To Deny Its Labor History

Sunday there will be yet another ceremony at the National Baseball Hall of Fame–and it will be, without anyone saying so, a ceremony that continues the despicable behavior towards the one man who did more to change baseball outside the lines than perhaps any single individual: Marvin Miller. Despicable because, simply because Marvin Miller built the players’ union into a serious union, the owners have refused to vote him into the Hall of Fame. It’s even more despicable because, after Miller died at age 95 in November 2012, you would think that people would have an ounce of decency, a bit of humanity, to tamp down the animosity enough to be big and do the right thing. But, they have not.

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Obama: Companies “cherry-picking the rules, and it damages the country’s finances”

I detect a president who thinks he’s found a very potent political argument. Having gone soft on the bankers, letting all the big fish skate after wrecking the economy, the president has figured out that people just won’t stand for a tax system that leaves regular people holding the tab while CEOs figure out how to screw the public, day after day. And, so, he’s now personally calling for an end to so-called tax “inversions”

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$300 BILLION Robbery of Workers And Counting: Why We Need $20-An-Hour Minimum Wage

Tick, tick, tick, tick…every minute that goes by is another minute workers are being robbed–in particular, those people forced to work for the slave-like minimum wage. And if you looked back just five years, there’s a price tag to that robbery: over $300 billion.

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Retroactive, Of Course

In the debate over tax inversions–that little corporate maneuver to reincorporate abroad to avoid U.S. taxes–there’s a little fight going on about a small but significant issue: if legislation passes to stop this scam, should it be retroactive? Of course it should.

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Tragedy In Detroit

This is simply a tale of having a gun put to your head: vote “yes” or we screw you even harder.

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No, Miles, It Does Matter

Love those CEOs obfuscating the truth. I know, you’re shocked. This little pearl comes in the arena of tax avoidance.

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The Post Office Could Be Your Bank

Stumbled on a conversation today that is quite intriguing: using the post office as a bank outlet. Guess what? It existed decades ago. It could happen again–but, you’ll never guess who hates the idea? OK, yup.

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Inversions Will Continue

Heh. That’s likely what those corporate legal and accounting minds are thinking: nuttin’ is going to pass that stops that nice little scam allowing corporations to incorporate overseas to avoid paying taxes in the U.S.

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Only A Patriot When It Mean Money

Flag-waving patriots don’t particularly impress me. Too many are the types to want to go to war–but never serve themselves (a la Dick Cheney’s “I had other priorities” during the Vietnam War). Here’s an economic “patriot” who is only as good as profits to her corporation.

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The Jail Cells Remain Empty Of Bankers

Well, gee, no surprise here. A big CIVIL penalty for a major financial scam but no banker is heading to jail. Yet. Or probably never.

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When You Hit That Pothole This Weekend, Thank Corporate GREED

For the millions of people hitting the road at this very hour, and in the hours to come, it’s going to be a bumpy journey, crashing through potholes after pothole, rutted road after rutted road, and creaky bridge after creaky bridge–all thanks to the dismal shape of the country’s infrastructure (which gets a D+ from the American Society of Civil Engineers). No doubt, drivers will curse a whole list of people–but a small wager that few give up a few choice words for a big culprit: corporate greed.

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$10.10-An Hour Minimum Wage Campaign Is A REALLY Bad Idea

The campaign for a $10.10 federal minimum wage, championed by the president, Democrats in Congress and a whole raft of “liberal/progressive” organizations, is a very bad idea.

To be clear, I’m not arguing it’s too ambitious. The opposite: what we need is a campaign, now, today, for a minimum wage of $20-an-hour. Anything less is a failure to confront poverty in America and a bankrupt economic system.

$10.10-an-hour will not allow people to make a fair living, or challenge the basic, “We-make-profits-thanks-to-poverty” system that underpins today’s real world economy.

Anything short of $20-a-hour is a capitulation to the most narrow politics, particularly on the part of so-called “liberals/progressives” who are, unintentionally, locking into place deep poverty in America and ratifying the basic principle of the so-called “free market”.

And $20-an-hour actually relates to real life after you look at a very complicated idea: simple math.

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TPP Ban on Buy American Preferences

Personally, I have to say I’m a bit queasy about the “Buy American” campaign. Seems to me that the problem is not, ultimately, that people don’t buy American products. It’s that wages are way too low elsewhere — which is what needs to be solved. But, for the record, the Trans Pacific Partnership will obliterate “Buy American”.

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Is There Any Silver Lining In The SCOTUS Knifing of Public Unions?

It seems more likely than not that, in a short while, the Supreme Court will inflict a deep wound in public union organizing, and, ultimately, the power of organized labor in the workplace and in politics. But, just a small word on what silver lining could be found here–and I know my friends will perhaps violently disagree.

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The World Cup’s Dark Side: 37 Million People Left In Poverty

Behind all the hoopla and fervor surrounding the World Cup, an inconvenient fact is forgotten: Brazil handed over a huge amount of money in tax breaks to the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), much of it flowing into the pockets of huge multi-national corporations–money that roughly calculated would have lifted 37 million people out of poverty.

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