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Outsourcing Death and Injury to Boost the Bottom Line

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 4:08 PM

Almost 700 people are confirmed dead and hundreds more have been seriously injured in the collapse of a building in Bangladesh two weeks ago that housed several factories that produced clothing for large brand-name companies and the retailers who sell these goods around the world, including Wal-Mart. This is the...

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Fix the Dysfunctional Senate Rules, Harry!

(2) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 9:01 AM

At the beginning of the current Congressional session, the Democratic Party majority in the Senate had the opportunity to change the rules regarding the filibuster and the need for a super-majority -- sixty votes -- to get anything done. Many members of the party begged Harry Reid, the majority leader,...

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We Need a Nonbelievers' Liberation Movement

(4) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 1:13 PM

Apparently, the percentage of Americans who are coming out as nonbelievers is on the rise. Almost one in five (19 percent) reported to a recent Pew Center study on religious observance that they were atheists, agnostics or of no particular belief. This is up from 6 percent in 1990 and...

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Our Gun Lobby-shy Politicians Are a Disgrace

(2) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 7:02 PM

It looks like the super patriots in Congress who send other people's children to fight the wars they start are about to wimp out in the face of threats to their seats -- or a more impolite word for their rear-ends -- by the gun industry. How on earth can...

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Break Up the Big Banks Before They Do Any More Harm

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 12:43 PM

The hubris and apparent sense of impunity of Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, and the heads of the other big bank is beyond belief. According to a March 14 article, "JPMorgan Faulted on Controls and Disclosure in Trading Loss," in the NYTimes.com, a recent Senate report concluded that:

After...
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Pope Francis Could Be a Game-Changer

(69) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 2:51 AM

By all accounts, the world's 1.2 billion Catholics have a new pope who wants to humanize the Church, reach out to other religious groups, and serve as a personal example of how one should live one's life in accordance with the teachings of Christ. Humility, caring for the least among...

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The Super-Rich and Their Enablers Are Playing With Fire

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 10:32 PM

The big money interests and the politicians who do their bidding -- mostly, but not exclusively, Republicans -- have rigged the economic and political systems to such a degree that, unless we see some radical changes in the current state of affairs, sooner or later, the American Dream is going...

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Flush Out Anonymous Funders of Political Attack Ads

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 2:20 PM

The Supreme Court's 2010 decision in the Citizens United case caused a deluge of anonymous money from corporate sources and wealthy individuals into the electoral process - at least $6 billion in 2012. The bulk of this money was used by conservative Super PACs to target Democratic candidates, including the...

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Reverse the Policies that Are Destroying the Middle Class

(17) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 5:22 PM

In their latest book, The Betrayal of the American Dream, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalists Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele present a compelling case that America's middle class is in danger of extinction unless our government reverses course on major policies it has pursued over the last four decades....

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Radical Reform of the Tax System Is Urgently Needed

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 3:23 PM

Let me be clear up front. I am not proposing the expropriation of the current resources of America's billionaires, multimillionaires and huge corporations, although a pretty compelling case could be made for such action in some cases, given the way those individuals acquired their wealth and the disastrous consequences of...

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Ban Battlefield Weapons -- At the Very Least

(13) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 11:45 AM

It is well past the time to stop the nonsense about the Second Amendment that is put forth by all of those involved in the current gun control debate. Our children, family members and friends continue to suffer death, terrible injury and lifelong suffering caused by the greed of the...

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Letter to the President

(3) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 10:37 AM

Congratulations on your reelection and the inauguration of your second term!

You confounded the skeptics who thought you would be a one-term aberration. More importantly, you defeated your relentless Republican enemies who devoted the last four years to doing everything in their power to make you a one-term president,...

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Fix the Filibuster

(3) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 5:48 PM

For years the Republican minority in the U.S. Senate has used a perverse interpretation of the traditional filibuster to sabotage the workings of that body, create government gridlock, and thwart the will of the majority of the American people. The intent of the filibuster is to allow senators who have...

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Government Has Our Back -- And We Should Be Thankful

(3) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 11:54 AM

Those who rant against Big Government interference in the supposedly free market workings of the capitalist system are either delusional or cynically self-serving. Without the safeguards that governments at all levels have put in place to protect our health, personal safety, financial resources, and quality of life, we would be...

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And Now -- Newtown

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2012 | 6:09 PM

Following the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater massacre, I posted the following blog with the title

Stand Up to the Merchants of Death:

Enough already with the Second Amendment baloney. Enough already with the Constitutional right to bear arms. It's bogus. The deranged individual who bought four guns and hundreds of...

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Inheritance Taxes Need to Be Raised Substantially

(52) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 3:27 PM

Forbes Magazine recently published its annual list of the 400 wealthiest Americans and invited us to join it in celebrating the extraordinary accomplishments of these supposedly self-made billionaires. But, even the most cursory examination of the list reveals that, while there are individuals who made their huge fortunes...

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Does 'Capitalism With a Conscience' work?

(5) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 4:34 PM

As we near the end of 2012, which corporate enterprises are the most profitable -- those that relentlessly chase ever higher quarterly stock growth and reward their top executives lavishly for doing so? Apparently not. It turns out that bottom-line driven entities lag way behind many well-known and highly respected...

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Deficit Reduction Requires a Healthy Economy

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 1:46 PM

Robert Reich, distinguished economist and Labor Secretary in the Clinton administration (remember the Clinton era's balanced budget and booming economy?) has been promoting a plan to put America back on the road to robust economic growth and low unemployment, while reducing the budget deficit in a rational and timely fashion....

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Not Too Big to Jail

(12) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 10:06 AM

A new and authoritative insider's report on how the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) bailout funds were administered confirms what increasing numbers of analysts have concluded and millions of Americans have directly experienced to their considerable cost. In his recently published book, Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned...

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Vulnerable Voting Machines in Ohio?

(16) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 4:20 PM

As if the Republican Party's campaign to win the presidency by mounting systematic voter suppression efforts is not bad enough, that may not be the only poisoned arrow in their quiver. It turns out that many of the touch-screen voting machines in tightly contested swing state Ohio may be vulnerable...

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