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Glossing over America's jobs crisis
When I saw the headline in my local paper, I wanted to laugh out loud. But that's really hard to do when you're gritting your teeth. The headline proclaimed, "Jobs lost during slump regained." It was another smiley-face sticker that the establishment media keeps trying to slap over Americ... Read More

Fast food chains stealing from low-wage workers
No matter how small the haul is, a thief is a thief, right? If a poverty-wage fast-food worker sneaks out a couple of burgers to take home to the kids, the bosses yell: "Thief!" But what do you call it when the bosses steal from those same workers? How about outrageous, disgusting – or si... Read More

The psychic pain borne by the rich
One thing about the tea party Republicans in Congress is that they do know who butters their biscuits. Several have recently rushed forward with an anguished plea in defense of Wall Street barons, CEOs, and billionaires: "Stop the vilification of wealthy people," is their cry. A crusade t... Read More

US Postal Service selling out workers and… America
You know what America needs? More jobs, that's what. Not Walmart-style "jobettes," but real jobs, stable ones with a good salary and benefits, union jobs so workers have a say in what goes on, jobs that have strong protections against discrimination. A job you could make a career, do usef... Read More

Caterpillar crawls into offshore tax haven to hide profits
The dictionary defines a caterpillar as a "wormlike larva" and a "crawler." Also, that "pillar" part of the word is derived from a French verb that means to "pillage, abuse, mistreat." Now, meet Caterpillar Inc., the world's largest maker of construction and mining machines. A recent rep... Read More

How simple is Rep. Paul Ryan
My guess is that Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican Party’s highly-touted budget guru, doesn’t have a very tight grip on the concept of irony. Otherwise, why would he choose April Fool’s Day to release the latest version of what the GOP intends to do to federal programs (and to the people who... Read More

Freaky Stories from April Fool's Day
On a recent morning, after checking news reports, I thought: What a freaky news day. Freaky Story Number One was about the Governor of Texas, who rarely has any ideas, but apparently one had unexpectedly erupted from the usually dormant cluster of low-voltage brain cells in the head of Ri... Read More

To start a movement, start moving!
Like that little choo-choo in the children's book, "Moral Monday" is the little movement that says, "I think I can" – and it just keeps chugging up the hill. This progressive citizens action coalition in North Carolina became a full-throttle citizens uprising in the Tar Heel state early l... Read More

The mobsters of Wall Street
Assume that you ran a business that was found guilty of bribery, forgery, perjury, defrauding homeowners, fleecing investors, swindling consumers, cheating credit card holders, violating US trade laws, and bilking American soldiers. Can you even imagine the punishment you'd get? How abou... Read More

The sad tale behind Ben Bernanke's sadness
Now you've done it – you've made Ben sad. Ben Bernanke, I mean, the former head of the Federal Reserve, who bulldozed more than $3 trillion into Wall Street Vaults to bail out the big banks whose greed, fraud, and incompetence crashed our economy. Speaking to about 1,000 of those former b... Read More

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