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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Why The American Majority Despises Trump’s Washington

Donald Trump, never lacking in self-esteem, bragged in 2016: “I know words — I have the best words.” Well, sometimes he does put together a coherent sentence, using some very fine words that convey great promise, such as this one: “I’m going to fight for every person in this country who believes government should serve […]

February 1, 2018

3 Ways The Greediest Corporations Cheat America

Corporate cheating goes well beyond federal tax reporting, as big companies have used various forms of deception to keep taking from America, especially with a complicit corporate media unwilling to report the facts about their behavior. 1. Give Us Your Technology, Infrastructure, Security, Patent Law…But Sorry, Our Profits Were Made in Another Country Microsoft: Rediscovering its soul while skipping […]

October 4, 2017
Guaranteed Job

Calling Trump’s Bluff: A Guaranteed Job For Every American Who Wants To Work

The job guarantee asserts that, if individuals bear a moral duty to work, then society and employers bear a reciprocal moral duty to provide good, dignified work for all. It would finally make real the ideal, stated in Franklin Roosevelt’s “Economic Bill of Rights,” that every American possesses a “right to a useful and remunerative job” and “to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation.” Not a paternalistic aid, and not some tribute to aristocratic virtue, but a right to be claimed and exercised

March 25, 2017
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump looks at the crowd while addressing The Faith and Freedom Coalition's "Road To Majority" conference in Washington, U.S., June 10, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Trump’s Corporate Targets Face Tricky Task In Fending Off His Attacks

All of them were presented with a dilemma that’s familiar to the presumptive nominee’s many vanquished Republican rivals: Should they engage with a possible future president known for holding a grudge, possibly inviting more wrath, or should they lie low and risk allowing Trump to define them and to push policies they deem harmful?

June 11, 2016

Should Big Corporations Pay The Taxes They Owe?

We’re being told America must let the CEOs “repatriate” their foreign bounty by essentially forgiving the taxes they owe on it. That way, the corporations get to keep the money, and America gets to keep the corporations.

January 6, 2016

When Will Corporate America Confront Republican Climate Denial?

What would forward-looking American corporations do if they really, truly, seriously wanted to stop climate change? They would do what they do whenever they want to influence any important policy change, of course.

December 4, 2015

Building Monopolies, One Merger After Another

Corporate giants feel free to get ever-gianter by gobbling up their competitors, knowing that the watchdogs will barely bark, much less bite.

December 2, 2015

Why Are We Taxpayers Subsidizing Corporate Crime?

Corporations are people (with get out of jail free cards.)

March 11, 2015

Marshaling Marooned Tax Dollars

Congress needs to shut down offshore tax shelters without rewarding the corporations that built them.

February 16, 2015

College Bowl Games Become Corporate Money Games

Who cares about college athletes when there’s money to be made?

January 7, 2015

Chief Tax-Dodging Officers

Many corporations are paying their CEOs more than they pay the Treasury.

November 19, 2014

Internet Caretaker ICANN To Escape U.S. Control

ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, announced that they are hoping to break free of U.S. oversight by next year.

October 14, 2014

Companies Win Federal Contracts While Flouting Labor Law

By Mandy Locke and Franco Ordonez, McClatchy Washington Bureau RALEIGH, N.C. — Robert Malick has weathered plenty of uncertainty in the 22 years he’s run a multimillion-dollar heating and air conditioning firm. His secret to success: Follow the money and the people who can get it. To do it, his company, Southern Mechanical, landed government-backed […]

September 10, 2014

Wyden Reaches Out To Republicans On Inversions Measure

By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The head of the Senate’s tax-writing panel issued a statement Tuesday offering Republicans a carrot to join Democrats in blocking the ability of some U.S. corporations to shift headquarters overseas to enjoy huge tax breaks called inversions. “Following efforts in August, it’s clear there is an […]

September 9, 2014

Should Companies Have To Pay Taxes?

Reading companies’ annual reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission is a reliable cure for insomnia. Every so often, though, there is a significant revelation in the paperwork. This year, one of the most important revelations came from Microsoft’s filings, which spotlighted how the tax code allows corporations to enjoy the benefits of American citizenship […]

August 29, 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

Democrats To Introduce Bill To Target Corporate Inversions

By Katherine Skiba, Chicago Tribune WASHINGTON — Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said he and other Democrats will unveil a bill Tuesday to curb corporate tax dodging. No federal contracts would go to businesses that engage in corporate “inversions” to lower their tax bills, Durbin said. The measure is called the No Federal Contracts for Corporate Deserters […]

July 29, 2014

Privatized Parts: GOP-Connected Contractors Mess Up Indiana Social Services

The Los Angeles Times reports that Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, a former top George W. Bush budget official and a rock star among Republican insiders, authorized his government to dole out hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts to well-connected companies that so they could privatize the delivery of benefits to the poor, elderly, and […]

June 27, 2011