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Corporate Welfare

Scott Walker Defends Corporate Welfare for NBA

David Boaz | Posted 06.10.2015 | Sports
David Boaz

The evidence suggests that attracting a professional sports franchise to a city and building that franchise a new stadium or arena will have no effect on the growth rate of real per capita income and may reduce the level of real per capita income in that city.

Corporate Welfare Fails to Deliver the Jobs: The Sad Case of Start-Up NY

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.28.2015 | New York
Lawrence Wittner

For several decades, state and local governments have been showering private businesses with tax breaks and direct subsidies based on the theory that this practice fosters economic development and, therefore, job growth. But does it?

Ten Ideas to Save the Economy #6: End Corporate Welfare Now

Robert Reich | Posted 05.26.2015 | Business
Robert Reich

We have to demand an end to corporate welfare. No more handouts to particular corporations and industries simply because they're big enough and powerful enough to get them. No more specialized tax breaks. No more exemptions or special treatment. No more crony capitalism.

Now Is the Time for a Living Wage Law in America

Fred Lundgren | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

If you oppose a living wage law, I suggest you take the minimum wage challenge for one year. Try to live on a minimum wage for one year and then let's talk again. I'll bet your opinion will change.

Stop Corporate Welfare Kings and Tax Escapees From Strip-mining America

Ralph Nader | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Through a myriad of tax avoidance schemes, the wealthy 1 percent continue to profit using public resources, subsidies and infrastructure while the 99 percent disproportionately pay the bills for it -- all while struggling to pay their own bills, mortgages, student loans, and more. Americans must ask why individual taxpayers are fronting the money for hugely profitable corporations.

Start With Red Corporate Faces On the Golf Course

Ralph Nader | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Should you ever find yourself in the unique situation of being out on a golf course alongside some big time CEOs of major corporations, here's a fun experiment to try. It's very simple -- just ask the CEOs for their opinion on welfare.

Large Foundations: Rethink Your Priorities

Ralph Nader | Posted 04.11.2015 | Impact
Ralph Nader

After decades of observing effective groups with untapped potential suffering from a dearth of funding, I can point to 15 specific missed opportunities by indifferent foundations. Here is my short list of areas where funding is needed but lacking.

Walmart Needs to Show More Thanks for Its Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 01.25.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday where family and friends gather together and express gratitude for everything in their lives. But those who work at Walmart have little to be thankful for, at least when it comes to their employment.

Be a Passionate Voter for Justice

Ralph Nader | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Unfortunately, many voters will head to the polls on November 4th and simply vote down the party line. Far too many won't spend a little time to research the various candidates' actual records beyond their party affiliation.

The Ballot Box Is the Great Equalizer for Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

American workers are facing significant challenges. Whether it's low pay, a system that favors corporations over citizens, a gender wage gap, the effects of unfair trade or a voting system that hampers the most disadvantaged among us, these problems are real. But will those affected the most bother to do something about it?

Zach Carter

Why The Top GOP Corporate Lobbying Group Is Fudging The Math To Help Democrats

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- America's flagship corporate lobbying group seems to have a problem with math. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a reliable backer of t...

Left and Right Agree -- Let Ex-Im Expire

Ralph Nader | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

The function of Ex-Im is to subsidize businesses that export American products. The major problem with this agency comes from the fact that a big bulk of Ex-Im funds go to huge, wealthy companies, such as the Ex-Im's largest beneficiary Boeing, which in 2013 received 30 percent of its loans and guarantees.

Zach Carter

Tea Party Leader Botches 'Socialistic' Op-Ed

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress is out of session, but the lobbying struggle over reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank is as hot as ever. On Monday, former Sen...

If California's Poor Just Formed a Corporation, They'd Be $420 Million Richer

John Hrabe | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
John Hrabe

There's finally a state budget surplus, and it's reserved for an out-of-state corporation, not the 9 million people living in poverty. Under total Democratic control, California has just approved $420 million in corporate tax breaks for defense contractor Lockheed Martin.

Unpatriotic U.S. Corporations Becoming Hot Political Issue That Unites Right And Left

Ralph Nader | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

The days when Big Business can have it both ways -- as an artificial, power-concentrating entity with special privileges and immunities, on the one hand, and all the constitutional human rights of real people on the other hand, are coming to an end.

Nader-Erickson Alliance? And Will 'Sterling-Silver' Ever Be the Same?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

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Erickson and Alter question Nader on his new book, Unstoppable, about how Left and Right can converge on NSA, banks, incarceration. Ralph argues that Corporatists vs. Conservatives divide the GOP. Also: the NBA highlights another The Donald to make fun of.

Why President Obama Should Veto the Farm Bill

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

In the passage of the current Farm Bill, Congress literally just took $9 billion in food stamps from hungry and poor families and gave it out to big agribusiness giants in the form of more corporate welfare. President Obama could send the bill back to Congress and refuse to sign it until Congress properly funds the food stamp program.

Why Extending Unemployment Benefits Must Be Paid For

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Wouldn't you love to see Democrats pointing out Republican hypocrisy as they have to defend the costs of their stupidity as well as of absurdly narrow corporate subsidies -- corporate welfare really --while Democrats are fighting for people looking for a job?

Ten Examples of Welfare for the Rich and Corporations

Bill Quigley | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Here are the top 10 examples of corporate welfare and welfare for the rich. There are actually thousands of tax breaks and subsidies for the rich and corporations provided by federal, state and local governments, but these 10 will give a taste.

What I Wanted from Santa: He Didn't Deliver World Peace or Political Civility Again!

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

I don't expect very much from Santa Claus these days. I mean, he's been a disappointment over the years. My desires are few--power, money, and fame, that sort of thing--but he's yet to satisfy any of them. So I tried downgrading my requests to world peace and the end of international poverty. But that didn't work either. He still didn't deliver. This year I tried to be more realistic. I had just a few simple requests. It's been a difficult year so Santa, this would have been a good time to give me at least something that I wanted. But no! It's Christmas Day and I got up early to check under the tree, and nothing.

Kill the Bloomdoggles

Matthew Chapman | Posted 02.12.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

For Bloomberg bloomdoggles that sticks for any length of time, I'd like to apply for credit for the invention of a German-style compound word, "Dinglebloomdoggle," this being a bloomdoggle that's really hard to shake loose.

Corporate America: 'Have You No Sense of Decency?'

James P. Hoffa | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

Today the Teamsters and American workers face a moment of reckoning. The time has come where people must stand up and say enough is enough to companies that seek to take advantage of employees and taxpayers.

Atlanta's Turner Field Is Dying -- And American Sanity Is Dying With It

Will Bunch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Will Bunch

The news that the Braves plan to abandon it is simply stunning. What happened? The Braves say they want to be closer to their real fan base in the affluent northern suburbs, and hey, that's capitalism, I guess. Except here's the thing: It's not.

47 Percent Anniversary: Gospel, Not Gaffe

Jarryd Willis | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Jarryd Willis

Is it the case that Romney's comments reflect GOP gospel as opposed to being an hour-long gaffe or a series of ineloquent remarks? To answer that question, let's review a few of the GOP's policy positions and remarks over the past year.

50 Years Of Secrecy, Courtesy of Max Baucus

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Senator Max Baucus has decreed a minimum 50 years of secrecy for negotiations over revamping the federal tax code. It's not the information itself that must remain under lock and key, but which senator is supporting what massive corporate giveaway -- that's what has to remain secret.