Economy and Business

We Need to Talk About ‘Free Trade’

We Need to Talk About ‘Free Trade’

America, can we talk? We need to talk about "free trade." We've needed to have this conversation for a while, actually. Like, since the 1980s. For the past several decades, the U.S. political establishment has advocated free trade as part of a broader economic...

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Forget the Dow Jones. How’s Doug Jones?

Forget the Dow Jones. How’s Doug Jones?

Language matters. For example, the words that corporate and government officials use to report on the health of America’s economy can either make clear to us commoners what’s going on — or hide and even lie about the reality we face. Consider the most common...

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Just How Unequal Are America’s Major Corporations?

Just How Unequal Are America’s Major Corporations?

That America’s income distribution has grown dramatically more unequal in the past 40 years is beyond debate. The share of the top 1 percent has doubled since 1980, to over 20 percent of all income. Could it get any worse? A look at America’s large, privately held...

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Corporations Are Spending Their Tax Cut — on Themselves

Corporations Are Spending Their Tax Cut — on Themselves

Remember last year when Donald Trump and his congressional Trumpeteers bragged that their "yuge" tax cut for corporations would spark a "yuge" corporate spending spree to create new jobs and higher wages? Well, just as they promised, we’re now seeing corporate...

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The Tax Scam Is Starting to Sink In

The Tax Scam Is Starting to Sink In

It’s no fun being scammed. I distinctly remember looking for my first big city apartment and finding an ad that looked perfect. Beautiful picture, cheap rent, great location. It sounded too good to be true and, sadly, it was. Just send a check in the mail, and don’t...

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Long Live the Jersey Tomato

Long Live the Jersey Tomato

Food corporations and their academic cohorts keep trying to "make" an industrial tomato to rival Mother Nature’s product. And they keep failing. They might consider this instead: the Rutgers 250. It’s a revived version of the classic hybrid tomato bred in 1934 by...

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Tips Are for Servers, Not CEOs

Tips Are for Servers, Not CEOs

When we give someone a tip, we expect the money will go to the workers who provided us with service. We might leave a little extra because someone went above and beyond for us. Or because we want that person to have a slightly easier time getting by. Whatever the...

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The White House Vs. Working Stiffs

The White House Vs. Working Stiffs

Have you noticed that Donald Trump constantly prefaces his outlandish lies with such phrases as: “To be honest with you,” “To tell the truth,” and “Believe me”? Why? Because like a snake-oil salesman, he constantly needs to convince himself that he's speaking the...

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No Love for Working Families This Valentine’s Day

No Love for Working Families This Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air. Or so the marketers want us to believe, as Valentine’s Day ads sweep the nation into a frenzy of buying flowers, greeting cards, and confections to communicate our affection. Washington is less forthcoming with the adoration, especially for working...

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Bad Bureaucracies Are Fraying the Social Safety Net

Bad Bureaucracies Are Fraying the Social Safety Net

I've always believed in government. That is, I believe there are roles in society that can be best performed by a government — to serve the people, rather than a profit motive. But I'm fed up. It's like a crisis of faith. I'm trying to believe the best about the...

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