Banks Defend Their Right to Be Dishonest

Banks Defend Their Right to Be Dishonest

“Greed is good,” proclaimed Gordon Gekko, lead character in a 1987 film lampooning the low ethics of the high finance barons of Wall Street. You might think that, surely, this Hollywood portrayal is a gross exaggeration. But check out an egregious example...
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...
An Independent Thinker’s Guide to the Tax Debate

An Independent Thinker’s Guide to the Tax Debate

For 40 years, tax cutters in Congress have told us, “we have a tax cut for you.” And each time, they count on us to suspend all judgment. In exchange, we’ve gotten staggering inequality, collapsing public infrastructure, a fraying safety net, and exploding...
The Next Subprime Loan Crisis

The Next Subprime Loan Crisis

The self-described “Geniuses of Wall Street” are being stupid. Again. In 2007, their stupid schemes and frauds crashed our economy, destroying middle-class jobs, wealth, and opportunities. Far from being punished, however, the scofflaws were bailed out by...
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