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The Incredible Shrinking Island And Its Lessons For America

Matthew Chapman | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Matthew Chapman

I was born in England, but since 1973 was happier to think of myself as European. Today, with the UK choosing to leave the European Union, I feel diminished, a member of a small, belligerent island nation more than half full of bitter, cowardly people.

Johnson & Johnson Proposes a "Fat Tax" On Businesses

Al Lewis | Posted 01.27.2017 | Business
Al Lewis

At last week's Davos conference, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) proposed a $150/employee "Fat Tax" on publicly traded companies and presumably companies planning to go public. Here's how the Fat Tax would work.

Hands Up, Don't Tax: The Tax Policy That Contributed to Eric Garner's Death

Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. | Posted 02.09.2015 | Black Voices
Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq.

While tax policy may not be an obvious theme in the discussion of most race and policing issues, it is a significant contributing factor in Eric Garner's death on that summer day. If not for New York City's punitive tax policy on the sale of cigarettes, and the related retributory policing policy, Eric Garner would more than likely be alive today.

Think College Costs Too Much? Thank the Government.

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 08.24.2014 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

I am not going to argue that a four-year college education isn't expensive. It is. I won't argue that its return on investment makes it worthwhile, although it surely does. I also cannot argue that increasing the number of administrators doesn't increase the cost of a higher education. It does.

Zach Carter

You Didn't Even Know These Wall Streeters Were Ripping You Off | Zach Carter | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Private equity firms are routinely ripping off their clients, harming pension funds, universities and charitable foundations, according ...

Zach Carter

What Do Chase Bank, Condoms, The Tea Party, And Petty Fraud Have In Common? | Zach Carter | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics

In mid-March, a division of JPMorgan Chase rejected an application to process payments for the fledgling New York City condom company Lovability, citi...

10 Facts About Food Regulation The Government Hopes You Won't Notice

Posted 04.01.2014 | Taste

Americans put a lot of faith in the government when it comes to food regulation. We trust that our meat is pathogen-free, and that raw fruits and vege...

This Time, Something Has to Change

Sen. Jay Rockefeller | Posted 03.22.2014 | Politics
Sen. Jay Rockefeller

We have had too many close calls with the industrial tanks near our waterways in recent years, and we shouldn't need another wake-up call to enact protective reforms. As a start, we should adopt the 2011 Chemical Safety Board recommendations.

Apocalypse Now: Guns Don't Kill People, People Kill People

Tim Arnold | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
Tim Arnold

Shooting deaths are on the rise again, after a low point in 2000, and are projected to exceed automobile deaths by 2015. Why? Because our same government refuses to take any meaningful action toward any kind of gun controls that would easily fall within our constitutional framework.

What Does It Mean that the Public Supports Specific Types of Regulation, But Questions 'Regulation' in General?

Sidney Shapiro | Posted 04.29.2012 | Business
Sidney Shapiro

It may be, as cynics are likely to point out, that you can't underestimate the power of the American people to hold two contradictory ideas at once.

Republican Nonsense on Regulation

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 02.27.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

The GOP's attack on regulation is part of a larger attempt to discredit the idea that government can play a positive role in people's lives. That attack is itself based on a fantasy -- that in the absence of government, human action would yield generally optimal outcomes for society as a whole.

Michael McAuliff

House Passes Bill Empowering Congress To Veto Executive Branch Rules | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bill that would give the controlling party of either chamber of Congress veto power over any major new regulation passed the House of ...

The Political Impact of Occupy Wall Street

Steven Cohen | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics
Steven Cohen

Like many in my generation, my first taste of political involvement was in the movement to end the war in Vietnam and achieve civil rights. As a teena...

Marcus Baram

Despite Massive Leaks That Pollute Groundwater, Nuclear Agency Has Never Fined Violator | Marcus Baram | Posted 06.11.2011 | Green

Welcome to "The Watchdog," which will keep a close eye on regulatory agencies and how their actions impact the lives of everyday Americans. Though the...

Five Truths Your Newly Elected Rep Won't Tell You

Tom Shachtman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Shachtman

Congratulations to the newly elected and re-elected, and to the ordinary citizens who voted for winning candidates. Now, while the glow is still warm...

Shadow Elite: Did The Supreme Court Just Trash Democracy and the Free Market?

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Janine R. Wedel

Far from sounding the bells of freedom, the Supreme Court has further imperiled government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

The Debate About Health Care Reform Is Not About Health Care

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

It is about the underlying concepts of our political system. Do we want to stick to the concepts that made America strong and rich? Or do we want abandon them and experiment with new political concepts?

I Am Not A Perp!

Deane Waldman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deane Waldman

I, along with almost a million doctors, over 2 million nurses, and almost 3 million allied health personnel resent being treated like perps (perpetrators). We are trying to help.

Accept No Substitutes (Part 1 of 3)

Deane Waldman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deane Waldman

I constantly write: YOU DECIDE. Do not put your trust in Washington; in those seeking your vote (who will say or promise anything); in self-styled exp...

John McCain Sells His Country Down the River

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

You see, when you've spent your entire life fighting regulation and oversight, in the end it can only lead to one ultimate disaster -- Sarah Palin.

Well Regulated BS

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

As long as politicians can take money from the industries that are supposed to be regulated, taxpayers will keep paying for the profiteering of these industries.

Fourth of July Appeal

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

On the Fourth of July, we health care workers request relief from the oppressive burden of government over-regulation. Without such relief, we cannot provide you with the care you need.