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Corporate Welfare

Jason Cherkis

Plugged In: Paul Ryan Sought Tax Breaks For Air Freshener Firm | Jason Cherkis | Posted 10.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Before he became known for his devotion to Ayn Rand novels and his expertise on the ballooning U.S. deficit, Rep. Paul Ryan concerned hi...

Welfare: The Dirty Side of Corporate America

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 11.17.2012 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The next time you hear someone discussing "welfare reform," ask them if they are referring to those in corporate America to keep mismanaged and failing businesses afloat, or the ones that are helping the people of America to survive.

Welfare for the Rich

Colleen Becker | Posted 11.11.2012 | Business
Colleen Becker

If "taxes are what we pay for civilized society," what can we call welfare in the form of uncollected tax revenue? I think the word is "unnecessary."

Labor Day: Team America, Including Workers, Built That

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 11.03.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

President Obama made no claim that he built that by himself. On Labor Day, he recognizes the contributions union and non-union workers made to building this great country. All Americans built that.

I'll Root for the Miami Heat, But Never for Arison

Subhash Kateel | Posted 08.12.2012 | Miami
Subhash Kateel

"It ain't where you're from, it's where you're at." With that in mind, let's go Heat. No one can debate how good their game is. So when the NBA finals begin tonight with the jump ball, I know who I am rooting for. But it is not Micky Arison.

If It Ain't Broke, Break It: The Crisis Congress Continues

Rep. Keith Ellison | Posted 06.20.2012 | Business
Rep. Keith Ellison

If the Republicans are serious about aiding small businesses, then they should be all about supporting the Export-Import Bank's mission.

Ryan Grim

Delta Embarrassed By Loan Guarantee From Federal Agency It Wants To End | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bizarre lobbying battle that pits Delta Air Lines and the Tea Party against the Export-Import Bank became even more interesting on Thu...

Zach Carter

GOP Senator Gives $500,000 To Corporate Welfare Recipient's Super PAC | Zach Carter | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) on Tuesday led a conservative Senate bloc opposing a government loan program on the grounds that it functioned ...

On Behalf of the 1%, the Best Bargain Since Manhattan

J.H. Snider | Posted 04.24.2012 | Business
J.H. Snider

Unmentioned is that the payroll-tax cut bill, by bipartisan agreement, sets in motion a much larger transfer of public assets to the top 1%.

Jen Sabella

CME Group's 'Golden Toilet'? Budget Cuts Renew Anger About Chicago TIFs | Jen Sabella | Posted 01.25.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- On Tuesday morning, a group of about 50 protesters gathered at the Board of Trade -- home of the CME Group -- to deliver a "golden toilet" ...

America's Welfare Queens Collect TARP Funds, Student Loans and Auto Bailouts, Not Food Stamps

John Hrabe | Posted 03.18.2012 | Politics
John Hrabe

When in trouble, cue a Republican politician's favorite political villain, the welfare queen. You know the stereotype. The single African American mother whose full-time job is having more babies to increase her welfare benefits.

Did Sears Betray Illinois Lawmakers?

Posted 12.29.2011 | Chicago

Updated story Just weeks after signing a bill that gave Sears millions of dollars in tax incentives to stay in Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn reacted...

Occupy Wall Street Evicted by $174.5 Million Subsidized Firm

John Stoehr | Posted 01.17.2012 | Politics
John Stoehr

Zuccotti Park is different. While most parks are public, this one is privately owned. Its owner is one of America's largest commercial real estate firms. Brookfield Properties owns lots of property in lower Manhattan -- and its status among corporate "citizens" is enviable.

The $1 Trillion Student Loan Debt Bubble: An Interview With Robert Applebaum

Brett Greene | Posted 01.09.2012 | Denver
Brett Greene

After writing an article on forgiving student loan debt as a way to stimulate the economy I was alerted to the fact that Robert Applebaum has a websit...

CME Group, CBOE Tax Cuts Up For Debate In Springfield

Posted 12.25.2011 | Chicago

A proposal introduced by Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D) Monday that drastically cuts state income taxes for CME Group and CBOE Holdings ...

Soaking the Rich in Obama's Jobs Plan?

J.H. Snider | Posted 12.05.2011 | Technology
J.H. Snider

The Obama Administration's spectrum reallocation policy has been characterized by lots of talk of spectrum auctions and fees while in practice relying almost exclusively on giveaways.

Republicans: US CEOs Are Wimpy, Girly-Men; Obstacles to Growth. Question: Has Corporate Welfare Made Them Lazy?

Paul Abrams | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Listening to Republicans, it appears as if America's major affliction is a generation of wimpy, girly-men CEOs.

Controversial Energy Subsidy Report Made Public By Watchdog Group

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 10.01.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

The Checks and Balances Project has obtained a copy of the controversial Energy Information Administration report that was called "garbage" by EIA Acting Administrator Howard Gruenspecht.

PHOTOS: Thousands Rally Against Corporate Greed In Chicago, 24 Arrested

Posted 08.15.2011 | Chicago

Several thousand people gathered downtown Tuesday, protesting bank bailouts and tax cuts for the wealthy and demanding jobs and funding for schools. ...

The End of EZ Money in California?

Al Norman | Posted 08.15.2011 | Business
Al Norman

California can't afford Enterprise Zone welfare, and companies like Wal-Mart don't need financial help from taxpayers. Very soon, the California Assembly will have to make a choice: between Wal-Mart or a Wall of Debt.

Punishment Disproportionate for Welfare Cheats

Pat LaMarche | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics
Pat LaMarche

Homeless advocates are often asked about welfare cheats and folks who abuse the system. So here's just one story about what happens when the poor are caught playing fast and loose with the rules.

Friday Talking Points [167] -- Happy Friday the Thirteenth, Ron!

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.13.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Ron Paul, apparently, is not a superstitious kind of guy. Tempting fate, as it were, he announced today that he's running for president once again -- on Friday the thirteenth.

Suggestions for Obama's Medicare Counterproposal

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's going to be very easy for whatever Obama comes up with to look a lot better than just handing seniors a voucher and saying: "Good luck with that medical insurance marketplace."

The Social Security Fix: End Corporate Welfare

Jane White | Posted 05.28.2011 | Politics
Jane White

We need to acknowledge that our personal and federal financial deficits are more a function of corporate tax dodges than reckless spending or meager wage-replacement programs.

EIA Energy Watcher: We Do Not Count Damaged Public Property in Price of Fossil Fuels

Mike Casey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mike Casey

When the dirty energy lobby claims it's not really subsidized, or hardly at all, it's OK to laugh. But it's important to point out that it's a lie -- and a big one at that.