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17 Phrases Companies Use to Rip You Off (EXCERPT)

(36) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 12:42 PM

Do you take time to read those notices printed in tiny type that come with your credit card, utility and other bills? Or the contracts you sign when you buy a car, open a bank account or sign up for telephone service?

Hardly anyone does. Even Judge Richard Posner, one...

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David Cay Johnston: Is It Is Time To Drop Income Taxes?

(365) Comments | Posted January 7, 2012 | 12:55 PM

(The author is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.)

By David Cay Johnston

Jan 6 (Reuters) - This is America's 100th year for individual income tax, a system as out of touch with our era as digital music is with the hand-cranked Victrola music players of 1912....

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Really Bad Reporting -- Wisconsin Collective Bargaining Dispute

(83) Comments | Posted February 24, 2011 | 3:39 PM

Economic nonsense is being reported as fact in most of the news reports on the Wisconsin dispute, the product of a breakdown of skepticism among journalists multiplied by their lack of understanding of basic economic principles.

Gov. Scott Walker says he wants state workers covered by collective bargaining agreements to...

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Playing With Fire -- The Sham of Pipeline Safety Regulation

(12) Comments | Posted December 14, 2010 | 9:09 AM

Do you know whether you live, work, shop or play near a high-pressure pipeline like the one that blew up Sept. 9 in the San Francisco Peninsula town of San Bruno, killing eight people, burning 60 more, destroying or severely damaging 120 homes and leaving a crater 40 feet deep?

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Tax Favors, IBM, and the Murder of Vernon Hunter

(33) Comments | Posted March 3, 2010 | 3:33 PM

This article originally appeared in Tax Notes, a publication of Tax Analysts.

Vernon Hunter served two tours of duty in Vietnam, raised a solid family, and, according to family and coworkers, had he not been killed when a tax denier flew his plane into an IRS office building...

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GOP Favors Public Option for Property, Not People

(354) Comments | Posted September 23, 2009 | 4:14 PM

Atop the front page of the New York Times today is a color photo of Georgia homes flooded up to their rafters, an image that illustrates how when it comes to insurance our Congress applies two standards, separate and unequal, one for property and a lesser one for people.

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