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Robert J. S. Ross

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Another Factory Fire in Bangladesh: This Time, a Product of Rage

(1) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 2:48 PM

On Friday, November 29, as Americans chose between sleeping off Thanksgiving turkey and shopping at dawn for electronic and clothing bargains, another big factory fire burned in Bangladesh.

At first glance, it seems a horribly familiar story line: one of the largest garment factories in Bangladesh -- employing perhaps...

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The Untouchables Are Killing Health Care Reform

(28) Comments | Posted July 13, 2009 | 1:51 PM

Two untouchables in the health care reform debate may condemn it to failure. The first is the Beltway aversion to broad-based taxes for social insurances -- like the payroll tax that now funds Medicare. Without it, the increased costs of extending or mandating health insurance coverage to everyone look gigantic...
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