Economy and Business

Cat’s Pajamas and Other Signs of Holiday Endtimes

Cat’s Pajamas and Other Signs of Holiday Endtimes

Your cat doesn't want to wear pajamas. Really. This shouldn't be a revelation to anyone who's ever seen or met a cat. And yet there are now advertisements for cat pajamas. Apparently, according to the advertiser, you should buy your entire family matching pajamas for...

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The Real Spirit of Giving

The Real Spirit of Giving

This special day got me thinking about America's spirit of giving, and I don't mean this overdone business of Christmas gifts. I mean our true spirit of giving — giving of ourselves. Yes, we're a country of rugged individualists. Yet there's also a deep,...

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Corporate Interests Are Warping the Internet

Corporate Interests Are Warping the Internet

My identity was stolen this year. The perpetrator didn't open credit cards in my name or gain access to my finances. Instead, they used my name to submit a comment to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in support of repealing net neutrality rules. Those...

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Is This the End of Free and Open Internet Access?

Is This the End of Free and Open Internet Access?

Free and open access to the internet is a virtuous democratic principle known as “net neutrality.” It means that it doesn't matter if you're a brand-name corporation or an unknown start-up, a billionaire or a poverty-wage laborer — you're entitled to equal treatment...

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The GOP Tax Plan Is Igniting a Movement for a Moral Economy

The GOP Tax Plan Is Igniting a Movement for a Moral Economy

If you’re expecting a gift card from your boss as an end-of-year bonus, enjoy it this year because you probably won’t get one in 2018. The Senate tax bill would ban such rewards. Why? Because Republican lawmakers are determined to prevent ordinary workers from...

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Everyone Hates This Tax Bill

Everyone Hates This Tax Bill

As the Trump tax cuts fly through Congress at breakneck speed, one has to wonder: What’s the big rush? Surely a body known for gridlock and deliberation would want to hold hearings, interview stakeholders, and gather public input before restructuring the world's...

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If You Make Under $75,000, You Lose

If You Make Under $75,000, You Lose

Sam Rayburn, a legendary speaker of the U.S. House in the 1940s and '50s, offered this piece of ethical advice for lawmakers who were conflicted over whether to vote for the people or the lobbyists: “Every now and then,” he said, “a politician ought to do something...

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This Tax Plan Is Going to Cost a Lot More Than Advertised

This Tax Plan Is Going to Cost a Lot More Than Advertised

House Republicans and Donald Trump are ballyhooing the wonders of their new tax plan. It’s called the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act," which we’re told will mean "More Jobs, Fairer Taxes, and Bigger Paychecks." Hallelujah! We can see the Promised Land! But before we pop the...

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Your Taxpayer Dollars Are Funding Corporate Propaganda

Your Taxpayer Dollars Are Funding Corporate Propaganda

While Congress hasn’t accomplished much in 2017, it did manage to pass a budget resolution — and within that budget, a sum of $3 million stands out. Congress appropriated that $3 million to fund the Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach Initiative. That's...

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