|World-class political nincompoopism|
| My state of Texas seems to have an inordinate share of nincompoops in public office. But it's only fair that office holders from other states be considered before deciding which one is the nincompoopiest of all.
Give credit to Pennsylvania, for example, whose GOP governor, Tom Corbett, re... Read More|
|Turning people who report corporate crime into criminals|
| In most state legislatures today, bizarre is not unusual, and off-the-wall has become the political center.
Still, it seems strange that legislators in so many states â€“ from California to Vermont â€“ have simultaneously been pushing "ag-gag" bills that are not merely outrageous, but downrig... Read More|
|On-call shifts: The latest corporate shame|
| Step right up, folks, and take your chances in the Amazing New American Workplace. Constantly high unemployment! Low wages always! No employee bargaining power! A corporate paradise!
This paradise has enriched the already-rich investor elite and rewarded top executives with multimillion-d... Read More|
|Putting happy-face stickers on America's middle-class pain|
| At last, some excellent economic news for folks long-mired in the stagnant labor market!
"Jobs Spring Back," exclaimed a typical headline on recent reports that 165,000 private-sector jobs were added in April. Wow â€“ the thunderous, three-year boom of prosperity that has rained riches on ... Read More|
|Diverting shareholder funds into "dark money" politics|
| If corporations are people, as the Supreme Court pretends, they certainly are loudmouths, constantly telling us how great they are and broadcasting their brand names everywhere.
Amazingly, though, these corporate creatures have suddenly turned demure, insisting they don't want to draw any... Read More|
|Oh joy â€“ the branch bank of the future is here!|
| The giant banks that wrecked our economy are thriving today, thanks to public funds that Washington continues to make available to them, even as the middle class continues to sink. Yet, those same narcissistic bankers wonder why they are so despised by the public.
But, wait â€“ some of the ... Read More|
|Ag biz gags on its own gag law|
| Amy Myer was curious. Then she was appalled. Then she was charged with the "crime" of using a cell phone to video what appalled her.
Welcome to the Brave New World of "ag-gag" laws being pushed by agribusiness corporations to stop reporters, workers, animal rights advocates, and even curi... Read More|
|Politicking by corporate cowards|
| Hide & seek can be a fun game for kids, but when huge corporations play it in our elections, fun becomes infuriating.
Last year, corporate interests sought to elect their candidates by hiding from voters. In all, $352 million in "dark money" was spent, the bulk of it by corporations t... Read More|
|Stop the serial killers of garment workers|
| Sometimes, corporate greed flares with such intensity that it ignites public outrage.
This happened in April when an eight-story, recklessly-built clothing factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh crashed. Hundreds of workers were crushed by slabs of concrete, having been ordered by the ruthless fact... Read More|
|The cold calculation of clothing corporations|
| You see them in stores across our country and around the world: colorful and stylish clothing with happy-sounding brand names like Children's Place, Papaya, Joe Fresh, Free Style Baby, and Mango.
But you don't see the factories where these cheerful garments are made, nor are we shown the ... Read More|