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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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“A case about fraud and deceit by one of the world’s largest banks”: The Barclays Crooks

Yesterday, I posted a quick story about the lawsuit filed by NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman against Barclays alleging. I’ve had a chance to read again and more carefully the complete complaint and there’s a bit more to say about the importance of this suit.

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Schneiderman Sues Barclays For FRAUD

This won’t put any of the bankers in jail–a place some of them still belong–because its only a civil suit. But, glad to see this from New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman: he’s suing Barclays for fraud.

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Thank You, Citibank-Goldman Sachs-Crooks: You’ve Moved The Poverty Conversation

I’ve been looking long and hard, trying to find something, just one thing, to say positive about the crooks on Wall Street and in the banking industry. Maybe it’s the Summer Solstice–but, eureka! Those guys have helped moved the poverty conversation in the right direction.

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The Internet Doesn’t Need Tax Breaks

Every company and every industry runs around yelling, like a little child, “I’m special” and, so, don’t tax me. And Congress just falls all over itself to pass one dumb tax break after another. Here’s the dumb one regarding the Internet.

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Giving Away The Store

There really has been a war going on–one of those wars that doesn’t get written about much. It’s the war between the states…oh, the other one–to give away the economic store to businesses without much thinking about the consequences.

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Give Me That Leave

One thing you won’t hear any chest-beating about from rabid patriots: the need for paid family and medical leave. See, too many of them care only about stuff that makes the country seem big by either (a) blowing up other countries or (b) just spouting hot air about “specialness”. How about this for special: The United States is the only high income country that does not mandate paid family and medical leave.

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Hillary Clinton’s Dishonest Ploy to Wash The Blood Of War From Her Hands

It is either ironic or karmic that just as Iraq is interrupting into yet another spasm of civil war, Hillary Clinton steps into the public arena to promote her book–and her presidential campaign (be my guest if you want to believe that she is really deeply weighing this or not). A lot of attention has been paid to her interview yesterday on NPR, mostly because of her (dissembling) explanation of her views on gay marriage. But, far less attention is being paid to an entirely dishonest attempt to wash away the blood she helped spill in Iraq–a tragedy generations will pay for in many ways.

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And Not So Dumb

Yesterday, I wrote about an example of the all-too often bi-partisan dumbness when it comes to taxes. So, today, a little glimmer–and it’s tiny. Sometimes, bi-partisanship on taxes yields a little sanity.

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Bi-Partisan Dumbness

When it comes to taxes, neither party has an exclusive claim to dumbness. Bi-partisanship on taxes is pretty common–and over the years it’s one of the central reasons we have such a deep hole in the public till. And it just keep coming.

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