This week in OtherWords, Jim Hightower observes that Uncle Sam is subsidizing fast-food chains whose rock-bottom pay makes their workers rely on government assistance to make ends meet, while Sam Pizzigati highlights a new milestone for runaway CEO pay. Donald Kaul is taking some time off.

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  1. A Manufactured Scandal / David Brock
    Contrary to the contrived storyline conservatives keep pushing, there’s no evidence that Hillary Clinton bears the blame for the Benghazi debacle.
  2. A Smarter Pentagon Budget / Lt. General (USA, Ret.) Robert G. Gard
    Getting rid of wasteful military spending would enhance America’s economic health, along with our national security.
  3. A Better Budget Deal / Isaiah J. Poole
    Democrats should reject any deal that slashes Social Security and doesn’t repeal the sequester.
  4. The Border Patrol’s Out-of-Control Growth / Todd Miller
    The United States has 60,000 border guards, more than double the size of Ecuador’s army.
  5. Will Congress Blow This Chance to Propel Green Jobs? / Sam Catherman
    The wind industry’s robust job growth been dogged by a boom and bust cycle that parallels the extension and expiration of the Production Tax Credit.
  6. Where Are the Celebrations for Corporate America’s $100-Million Paychecks? / Sam Pizzigati
    America’s CEOs appear deathly afraid that their gravy train may soon derail.
  7. Child Labor Shouldn’t Haunt Halloween / Jill Richardson
    Even if the kids in my neighborhood think my fair trade chocolate is a bit weird, at least I’m not handing out dental floss.
  8. You Won’t Love These McSubsidies / Jim Hightower
    Taxpayers will shell out $1.2 billion this year to support workers subjected to McDonald’s miserly wages and benefits.
  9. Every Day is May Day at McDonald’s / Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins
    Abusing workers hurts the economy.
  10. The State of Worker Purchasing Power / Khalil Bendib Cartoon

    The State of Worker Purchasing Power, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

    The State of Worker Purchasing Power, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

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Emily Schwartz Greco

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