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Michael Hiltzik
Trump carrier, Economy

Trump’s Carrier Deal Is A Complete Scam

By showing himself to be a paper tiger on international job transfers, Trump gave all employers a template for extracting tax benefits by threatening to move across the border. And he offered carte blanche for firms to play states off against one another in a quest for local incentives.

December 9, 2016
Florida Senator Marco Rubio addresses CPAC 2014 (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

The Secret Swipe At Obamacare — And You

Republicans successfully buried an attack against Obamacare in the new spending bill.

December 15, 2014

A Reckless ‘Repair’ To Obamacare

John Boehner and Mitch McConnell say they can fix the Affordable Care Act. Don’t buy it.

November 14, 2014

Chevron Swamps A Small Town With Campaign Money And Bogus News

You won’t believe how far Chevron will go to dominate Richmond politics.

October 16, 2014

Big Business Should Be Saying Thanks To Obama

By Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times It was widely noticed two weeks ago that the Standard & Poor’s 500 index, the most important stock market indicator, had hit a milestone by crossing 2,000 for the first time. It was less widely noticed that on that day, you would have notched a 148 percent gain if […]

September 11, 2014
Burger King

Warren Buffett Is ‘Betting Against America’ On Burger King. Or Is He?

By Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times Back in February, in his annual message to shareholders in his company Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett said this: “Who has ever benefited during the past 237 years by betting against America? … America’s best years lie ahead.” You can expect these words to be thrown back in Buffett’s face […]

August 28, 2014

Big Business Takes Aim At Corporate Activists

By Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times “Shareholder democracy” long has been derided as an oxymoron, like “military intelligence” or “jumbo shrimp.” Yes, corporate managements bow endlessly to the mandate that they act exclusively in the shareholders’ interest, but in real life they treat the poor sap with a few hundred shares as hardly more important […]

August 26, 2014

Obama’s Executive Order Rights A Wrong

By Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times Little noticed in coverage of President Barack Obama’s signing of the Fair Play and Safe Workplaces executive order July 31 was a provision that has been called “one of the most important positive steps for civil rights in the last 20 years.” The statement comes from Paul Bland of […]

August 14, 2014

Is U.S. Academic Freedom A Casualty Of The Israeli-Palestinian Debate?

Steven Salaita is a respected scholar in American Indian studies and Israeli-Arab relations, which got him hired recently to a tenured position at the University of Illinois. On Twitter, he’s been voicing his objections to Israel’s conduct in Gaza in the most forceful terms. That has just gotten him fired by the University of Illinois. […]

August 12, 2014
Social Security, Taxpayers, Taxes, Safetynet, Retirement

Social Security’s No-Bad-News Day

By Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times The annual trustees reports for Social Security and Medicare customarily give rise to an outburst of disinformation from the enemies of social insurance programs — that comes with the territory when you’re putting out hundreds of pages densely packed with graphs, charts and statistics. There may be less of […]

July 31, 2014

Yes, (Some) Corporations Can Pray — And You’ll All Pay

By Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times In its decision Monday in the Hobby Lobby case, the conservative Supreme Court majority that upheld corporations’ religious objections to birth control spends an inordinate amount of time defending itself from the reasoning and wrath of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissent. Justice Samuel Alito, whose name is on the […]

June 30, 2014