Economy and Business

Do You Want Some Hogwash with That Burger?

Do You Want Some Hogwash with That Burger?

Burger King bills itself as "home of the Whopper," a name intended to convey to burger eaters that this one is a whale of a deal. But "whopper" also means a prevarication, a crock, a tall tale — hogwash. Both meanings apply to Burger King's current effort to take over...

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Taming Modern Monopolies

Taming Modern Monopolies

Analysts at the OECD, the Paris-based research agency, have just shared a grim prediction: If current trends "prevail," all developed nations will show by 2060 "the same level of inequality as currently experienced by the United States." If we let those current trends...

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Let’s Give Workers Something to Cheer About

Let’s Give Workers Something to Cheer About

Labor Day is supposed to be a celebration of workers, but it's been a long time since workers have been celebrated — or for that matter, have had a reason to celebrate. That's because the union movement that gave us this holiday is, at least numerically, a shadow of...

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A Prescription for Treating Runaway CEO Pay

A Prescription for Treating Runaway CEO Pay

You've surely heard many things about the Affordable Care Act, including the website headaches that embarrassed the Obama administration during the new program's rollout. But you probably didn't realize that when you pay your premium today, you can rest assured that...

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Clamping Down on the Labor Extortion Racket

Clamping Down on the Labor Extortion Racket

This Labor Day, you can mull some good news about American jobs for a change. Take the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour — please! That poverty pay is a shameful stain on our extremely rich nation. But don't count on Washington, D.C. to lift our wage floor....

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Extreme Makeover: Canal Edition

Extreme Makeover: Canal Edition

Panama! Panama-ah-ah-ah! The lyrics from the eponymous Van Halen song could just as easily be the nation's port policy — if the country had one. Panama is nearing completion of retrofitting the Panama Canal to accommodate much larger ships. The prospect of these ships...

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Is Wal-Mart Treating Workers Like Pop-Tarts?

Is Wal-Mart Treating Workers Like Pop-Tarts?

Wal-Mart loves keeping track of data. For instance, the retail giant's researchers know that before and after major storms, customers buy strawberry Pop-Tarts at a rate that's seven times faster than normal. How does Wal-Mart use this data? To stock its shelves with...

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The Class War Goes Retail

The Class War Goes Retail

For the first time since 1997, the U.S. economy just added at least 200,000 jobs per month for six months running. GDP grew at a 4 percent annual clip between April and June. The percentage of Americans who describe the economy as "good" has climbed to the highest...

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Making the World Safe for Trust Fund Babies

Making the World Safe for Trust Fund Babies

Real wages have stagnated for decades. Homeownership rates are down. College debt is weighing down young people entering the workforce. Millions of low-wage workers eke by on a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. As the American Dream slips away for millions of people in...

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