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Unfair Trade Policy: A Gift That Keeps on Giving

Cynthia Dill | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Dill

What do you get when you mix bad trade policy, unregulated multinational corporations, economic insecurity and a hard-working Maine community desperate for jobs?

Is Your Boss Really in Business to Create Jobs?

Richard Kirsch | Posted 08.27.2011 | Business
Richard Kirsch

Unless you work for a small business, your boss will only create a new job if there isn't a cheaper option: force you to work longer hours, hire a temp, purchase new technology. Or if you work for a big company, get the work done overseas.

Tax Repatriation: You Can't Turn This Into a Good Idea

Jared Bernstein | Posted 08.23.2011 | Business
Jared Bernstein

The proposed tax repatriation holiday wants us to let multinational corporations who've been "deferring" taxes they owe to the Treasury get a time-limited break to bring them back at a much reduced rate. How could this ever be a good idea?

Walmart Heir's Mega-Museum

Posted 08.20.2011 | Arts

A piece in next week's New Yorker will shed some light on Alice Walton, art collector and daughter of Walmart's founder, Sam Walton. Her collection, t...

Too Big to Sue? Supreme Court Blocks Massive Gender Discrimination Suit Against Wal-Mart

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 08.20.2011 | Women
Elizabeth B. Wydra

However strong the evidence of discrimination may or may not be, it is important to recognize that the Supreme Court's ruling today was not about whether Wal-Mart was guilty.

Serious About Governing

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 08.20.2011 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

President Obama is not serious about creating jobs. Practicing free trade against controlled capitalism in globalization is like playing touch football against tackle football.

Charity Rejects Hooters' Donation Pledge

Posted 08.19.2011 | Impact

Fox News reports that a Catholic charity near St. Louis, Mo. is rejecting a donation by Hooters, a restaurant chain known for its scantily clad waitre...

The Big Fake on Repatriation

Nicole Tichon | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics
Nicole Tichon

If you paid a tax rate higher than 5.25 percent this year, you paid a greater percentage of your money in taxes than these large corporations would pay if this tax break is passed by Congress.

A Lack of Debate

Jonathan Schmock | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Schmock


Privatization Of Public Education Turns Students Into Corporate Assets

Kevin Welner | Posted 08.09.2011 | Education
Kevin Welner

So now our children effectively become corporate assets. How long before they are commodities to be bought and sold on the open market as if they were pork bellies or wheat futures?

White House Considers Payroll Tax Cut To Boos Economy

Posted 08.09.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON - The White House is considering a temporary cut in payroll taxes that employers pay on wages, an administration official said Thursday...

Corporations: Pillars of the Community?

Marian Salzman | Posted 08.06.2011 | Business
Marian Salzman

There's a real paradox today in the meaning of the word community. On one hand, we're building our communities online and forming tribes with like-min...

A Job for Everyone: Democracy in America

Pam Spritzer | Posted 08.06.2011 | Politics
Pam Spritzer

Fourteen million Americans were unemployed in May. All the while, corporations rake in record profits. This disconnect between public need and public policy is causing widespread suffering. Why isn't our government serving us, and what can we do?

Will Corporations Be Prohibited From Giving to Candidates After All?

Jessica Levinson | Posted 08.01.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

In part, the Court has stated that direct contributions give rise to fears of actual or apparent corruption, while independent expenditures do not.

Memo to CEOs: Show Some Balls

Dana H. Glazer | Posted 08.01.2011 | Business
Dana H. Glazer

There's an unspoken rule in corporate America for dads when it comes to parental leave policy or anything that hints at real work/family balance: use at your own career peril.

Don't Believe the Hype About U.S. Debt

Sally Kohn | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

If the U.S. were borrowing anywhere near as much as Chase bank, we'd have legitimate reason to worry. But in general, borrowing money is necessary to invest in the future.

"Idonomics" and the American Dream

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 08.08.2011 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

Over the past 50 years, the pleasure principle -- the id -- has dominated American society. The result has been "idonomics," in which the id dominates not only the marketplace, but also politics, media, technology and even our personal relationships.

The Global Economy's Corporate Crime Wave

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 07.08.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

When companies are fined for malfeasance, their shareholders pay the price. The real culprits at the top of these companies rarely need to worry.

The Next Generation of Cost Savings

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 07.06.2011 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

In today's competitive environment, few companies can afford to overlook the opportunity to achieve this next generation of cost savings, which could amount to as much at 1 percent or more of a firm's profit margin.

Al Qaeda Memo Re: Women as Human Shields

John Bobey | Posted 04.30.2012 | Comedy
John Bobey

To clarify once and for all, when it comes to the use of human shields, our official a Qaeda policy says YES, you can use them, but please, NO women.

Oh, Please. There Is No Conspiracy Against the Poor and Middle Class in America.

James Napoli | Posted 06.20.2011 | Comedy
James Napoli

I wish liberals would get off their high horses and let go of their quaint little idea that there is some sort of conspiracy against the working class. There is no conspiracy. We are getting reamed in a very public way.

The Real American Exceptionalism

David Morris | Posted 06.20.2011 | Politics
David Morris

I too believe in American exceptionalism, although I don't think God has anything to do with it. America is exceptional in the advantages we've had over other nations, not what we've done with those advantages.

Top 10 Alternative '10 Best' Articles: The Pun Is Mightier Than the Sword

Randall Amster | Posted 06.19.2011 | Comedy
Randall Amster

Discerning readers of the "progressive blogosphere" will likely have noticed a growing tendency to title articles in the form of "Top 10 Best..." I'd like to explore this practice in such a way as to (hopefully) wear it out altogether.

Explaining Taxes

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.19.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The concept of taxes, of course, is pretty easy to explain. Except when you look at it too closely.

Lila Shapiro

U.S. Companies Hire Abroad, Fire At Home | Lila Shapiro | Posted 06.19.2011 | Business

Large U.S. companies increasingly hire abroad and fire in America, according to new government data. In the last decade, American multinational corp...