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American Consumers

Americans Pay at the Pump While Speculators Profit and Play

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 09.10.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

The system stinks. Speculators and Wall Street players and the oil patch win, amassing enormous profits, contributing nothing, while Americans are fleeced for goods vital to their daily lives.

Obama: China NOT A Currency Manipulator

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 01.27.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration declined Tuesday to label China a currency manipulator, noting that it has let the yuan rise nearly 10 per...

Rick Perry President? A Primer on What a Texas Governor's Presidency Can Do For You and the Oil Industry

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 11.12.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Would a Perry presidency be tempted to follow in this predecessor's footsteps? Given the incestuous interrelationship between Texas politics and oil, in many ways the Bush presidency becomes a cautionary tale.

Walmart, Big-Box Retailers Struggle To Get Shoppers Into Stores As Sales Drop

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 07.17.2011 | Business

Walmart continues to turn a profit. But it's doing so in spite of American consumers, not because of them. And the world's largest retailer is onl...

The Deadly Greenhouse Footprint of American Consumers

Ronnie Cummins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ronnie Cummins

We need to start redirecting $700 billion a year in federal expenditures away from war and corporate welfare, offer training and jobs in a giant green jobs program (similar to the Works Project Administration program of the New Deal era in the 1930s), and build a new green, full-employment economy.

The New Marketing Paradigm: From Lack to Abundance

Schuyler Brown | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Schuyler Brown

Our psychology of lack is being eroded by a sensation of abundance that has arisen despite our financial "woes."

War on Christmas: Who Is the Enemy?

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Merritt

In reality, Christmas for Americans--and yes, even the Christian ones--is shaped more by Currier and Ives than Joseph and Mary.

Holiday Shopping Season Disappoints Retailers As Expected

New York Times | MICHAEL BARBARO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

American consumers, uneasy about the economy and unimpressed by the merchandise in stores, delivered the bleak holiday shopping season retailers had e...

The New Face of Fashion: Sustainable Luxury

Jeffrey Hutchison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Jeffrey Hutchison

Embracing sustainability and crafting a new face of luxury need not be at odds; by exploring ways to achieve both simultaneously, an exciting new era of of design can be borne.

Will China Save the World from Depression?

Walden Bello | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Walden Bello

The heroic American middle class consumer -- weighed down by massive debt -- has ceased to be the key stimulus for global production, but don't expect Beijing to save the global economy any time soon.

Credit Card Reform Stinks for Responsible Consumers (aka "Deadbeats")

Jill Schlesinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jill Schlesinger

Guess who's going to get screwed by the "Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act"? Responsible people who pay their bills on time!

Asian Inflation Hits Western Consumers

New York Times | Keith Bradsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The free ride for American consumers is ending. For two generations, Americans have imported goods produced ever more cheaply from a succession of low...