Posted on 16 June 2014.
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.
Posted on 13 June 2014.
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.
Posted on 12 June 2014.
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.
Posted on 11 June 2014.
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.
Posted on 10 June 2014.
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.
Posted on 09 June 2014.
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.
Posted on 06 June 2014.
It’s in the air. And it’s global. Even The Economist noticed.
Posted on 05 June 2014.
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.
Posted on 04 June 2014.
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.
Posted on 03 June 2014.
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.
Posted on 02 June 2014.
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.
Posted on 28 May 2014.
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.
Posted on 27 May 2014.
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.
Posted on 22 May 2014.
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.
Posted on 21 May 2014.
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.
Posted on 20 May 2014.
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.