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U.S. National Security & Incest

Suzan Mazur | Posted 01.04.2017 | Politics
Suzan Mazur

Because excesses of the U.S. National Security apparatus have gotten immeasurably worse over the last decade, I am reposting the following story of mi...

There's Always Money for the Boss

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 07.06.2016 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

CEOs contended their corporations are too poor to pay overtime, but on their next quarterly call with shareholders, they'll brag about record profits. In 2013, corporate profits were at their highest level in 85 years. That same year, employee compensation was at its lowest level in 65 years.

The Wage War's Two Battlegrounds: The Ballot Box and the Board Room

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

One strategy focuses on getting elected officials in local and state governments to adopt minimum wages above the federal level. The other strategy involves putting pressure on major employees -- typically highly visible companies that depend on positive public relations to gain consumers' dollars -- to raise the wages of their employees.

Criminalizing Poverty

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.08.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

"Held captive." It was how one 13-year-old described the feeling of growing up poor in our wealthy nation, and for more and more Americans living in poverty, this feeling isn't just a metaphor.

Moocher CEOs

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.07.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

It is CEOs, not the working poor, who deserve public scorn for their dependence on government handouts. The parable of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" springs to mind.

Fossil Fuel Divestment Makes UN Climate Summit a Success

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 11.22.2014 | Green
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

With 2013 breaking historical records regarding greenhouse gas emissions, we have little time to act. Investors get it. It's risky business to continue to invest in fossil fuels. Now it's time for policymakers, prime ministers and presidents to get it as well.

How Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage Victory Began in New York City's Zuccotti Park

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

On Monday, Seattle struck a blow against rising inequality when its City Council unanimously adopted a citywide minimum wage of $15 an hour, the highest in the nation. This dramatic change in public policy is partly the result of changes brought about by last November's Seattle municipal elections. But it is also the consequence of years of activism in Seattle and around the country.

Piketty in Elysium

John Feffer | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

Hollywood projects our dreams and fears. In the past our cinematic apocalypses have reflected our obsessions with nuclear holocaust and environmental degradation. We're certainly still worried about those fates -- along with pandemics and zombies -- but gross inequality now competes for our attention.

As College Presidents Get Rich, Students Go Deeper In Debt

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.21.2014 | College

It pays to be a public college president, and it seems only to be getting better for them. The number of chief executives at state colleges and un...

Fast Food Pulls a Fast One

Michael Winship | Posted 06.30.2014 | Business
Michael Winship

Our tax dollars are subsidizing both the fast-food workers who need the help and the companies' CEOs who don't.

Mission Accomplished? Syria, the Anti-War Movement, and the Spirit of Internationalism

Danny Postel | Posted 11.30.2013 | Home
Danny Postel

It's hard for me to share the peace movement's triumphalism. Yes, a US military attack was thwarted - good. But is that where the story ends?

Which CEOs Will Be Brave Enough to Rein in Their Own Pay?

Judith Samuelson | Posted 11.12.2013 | Business
Judith Samuelson

What we have is a classic first mover problem -- i.e. widespread desire for change, but real risks and consequences for a company or executive willing to take the first step.

Capitalism Failed; Cronyism and Corruption Rule

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 11.08.2013 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Capitalist theory asserts that CEOs rise to the top based on merit and moxie and deserve million-dollar pay packages. Turns out, though, capitalism doesn't really work that way. Conniving Jonnies rule the business world.

Joseph Stiglitz and the World Economic Forum: Making the Connection Between Climate Change and Economics

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 03.26.2013 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

While international negotiations and the White House continue to dither on ratifying an internationally binding climate treaty, at the international, the state and regional level, plans for solutions that move beyond the gridlock are already afoot.

It's the Simpson-Bowles Personal Profit Tour: Making Money Off the U.S. Debt

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The Simpson-Bowles personal profit tour reveals that for them, for their creation -- the speciously labeled Campaign to Fix the Debt -- and for the CEOs, right-wing groups and Republicans rallying round them, the effort has nothing to do with deficits or fixing anything.

Get It Done! Youth to UN on Internationally Binding Climate Treaty

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 02.11.2012 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

As the sun had risen in Durban, the Durban Platform was passed at the COP 17. Yet in a replay of Copenhagen two years ago, backroom texts emerged at the 11th hour and the process was thrown into disarray.

10 Job Slashers That Benefited From A Tax Holiday

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 12.08.2011 | Business

More money doesn't always mean more jobs. Take when the U.S. government last imposed a tax holiday on offshore profits in 2004. Those companies that b...

Time to Tax Campaign Donations and Lobbying

Duncan Quirk | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics
Duncan Quirk

When political influence and decisions are paid for with bullets and torture, it is condemned as dictatorship, yet we turn a blind eye to the tyranny of purchasing our government with the dollar.

No Balanced Budget Without Independence From Wall Street

Keith Harrington | Posted 09.23.2011 | Business
Keith Harrington

"We need to balance the budget in order to grow the economy." In the midst of the federal budget debt ceiling food fight, this may be one of the only ideas both political parties can more or less agree on.

OMG! Glenn Beck Is Onto Something!

Karen Dolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Dolan

Glenn, that sure is scary stuff about those well-funded "freedom" groups getting their emissaries elected with secret money and requiring loyalty and litmus tests. Thanks, man, for the warning.

Let's Be Honest: About Jobs and the Economy

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Gellman

There's not a thing that Obama or any other politician can do to lower unemployment in the private sector as long as CEOs and shareholders of our largest companies are getting richer and richer.

Mr. CEO, Can You Spare a Job or a Free Lunch

John Perkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
John Perkins

In case you are tempted to feel sorry during these troubled times for the corporatocracy... this just in: The CEOs who fired the most workers during the current economic recession also rewarded themselves with the highest pay.

Exec Pay

Huffington Post | Nathaniel Cahners Hindman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A grim fact of the recession is that it pays to lay people off. The CEOs who laid off the most employees during the recession are also the CEOs wh...

My white mom's Black history moment

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dedrick Muhammad

As we come to the end of this Black history month, I have decided to share some of the lessons taught to me by my first teacher on Black history and t...

Weekly Audit: More Jobs Please

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

>By Zach Carter, Media Consortium Blogger One year after President Barack Obama secured passage of his critical economic stimulus package, the U.S. Se...