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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Bad Ruling For Teachers–And The Public

One of the dumbest, and pernicious, obsessions has to be trying to tag teachers for the bad state of a lot of schools. Seriously? It’s just mindless, blind ideological hatred that comes straight from a hostile right-wing that wants to eviscerate the political power of teachers’ unions. In the list of the assault add the bad decision coming out of the mouth of a mediocre Los Angeles judge.

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CEO Gets Paid HALF Company’s Revenue, Which Has Never Made Profit–And Another Gem

Well, it’s the usual report from the pig fest AKA the annual analysis of CEO pay. Each year brings a ceiling-shattering example of greed. This year, it’s Charif Souki. Oh, and there is another gem to share as well.

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Global Minimum Wage Campaign

It’s in the air. And it’s global. Even The Economist noticed.

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The Global Working Poor

The vastness of global poverty is almost unfathomable–but, it’s gotten a bit better, according to the good people at the International Labour Organization, which just published its 2014 World of Work Report that focuses on “Developing With Jobs”. Even more astounding is the scale of the number of people who are in what is called “vulnerable employment”, which is a fancy way of saying you just can’t make ends meet.

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Citibank Skates: It’s Complicated

This is unfortunate. A federal appeals court overturned Hudge Jed Rakoff’s attempt to derail a deal with Citibank, a deal Rakoff had ruled essentially wasn’t in the public’s interest. It’s a bit complicated.

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Would You Take Free Money?

Of course you would. That’s really what much of bad tax policy is: offering companies tax cuts that the companies really don’t need but will be happy to take anyway because it’s free. Like the research tax credit.

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Bold But Moderate

It’s nice to see a really big leap forward. That would be the vote in Seattle to hike the minimum wage to $15 per hour, though phased in over 3-7 years. But, let’s be clear this only the beginning: bold, but moderate.

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Black College Graduates Finding It Even Tougher

I meant to share this from last week. “Young black workers with college degrees have fared better than their less-educated peers, they have a higher unemployment rate and are more likely to find themselves in a job that does not require a degree than other recent college graduates”, says the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

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NOT BREAKING: American Corporations Playing By Different Rules As They Steal From The Public

It’s not “breaking news” because it’s pretty common knowledge that corporate America–or, more accurately, American-based corporations–is treated differently allowing it to rob the public, day after day. Still, worth adding to the list another absurd new tidbit in the saga of how to rip off the American public through tax dodging.

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Boos for Bezos

It would be hard to really say “this guy is the worst CEO”. I mean, there is so much competition–it’s much worse than dating (so many choices, so little time)…oh, that was way 30 years ago. I digress. But, Jeff Bezos got a particular round of catcalls from a global poll.

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Levin Wants To Shut Off The Corporate Offshore Thievery

The corporate thieves running U.S.-based corporations are just counting the days until Carl Levin heads off to retirement at the end of this term. It was Levin, you may recall, who looked at Goldman Sachs and saw “a financial snake pit rife with greed, conflicts of interest, and wrongdoing”. And he isn’t letting go: he’s now moving to try to close a loophole that will put billions of dollars in taxable corporate profits into offshore accounts, a scam that robs the people of revenue.

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Fortune 500 Stashing $2 TRILLION Overseas, Dodging $550 Billion In Taxes, The People Pay The Tab

Big money. Two trillion dollars. If you could touch it, it would reach…oh, I dunno, I’m not going to tell you how high that stack would go and, actually, the point is, you can’t touch it: it’s stashed overseas. In corporate bank accounts. But, here’s the beauty: if you want to know what it feels when the Fortune 500 fleece the country to the tune of $550 billion in dodged taxes on that $2 trillion hiding in foreign bank accounts, just pull out your billfold…empty…well, that’s cuz the tab for that fleecing is on YOU.

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