A Job Creation Saga

The United Steelworkers would not take “shut” for an answer.
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Romney’s Independence Day Advice: Buy Foreign

America commemorates its Independence Day this week with food, festivity and fireworks. To supply these events, Mitt Romney recommends: Buy foreign. Americans naturally think the patriotic choice would be to buy American. But for Romney, capitalism trumps patriotism. Romney goes where the money is.
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Mitt Romney Enjoys Your Pain

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s reaction to high unemployment is creepy. During an interview with CBS reporter Jan Crawford last week, Romney smirked as he mentioned that unemployment has remained above 8 percent for 39 months.
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Romney Economics Cheat Main Street

Mitt Romney made a boatload of money for himself and his fellow fat cats. No doubt about it. Billions. But he made it the way Americans hate most – Wall Street style wheeling and dealing.
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Workers of the World Unite – with Shareholders

At Citigroup, shareholders had their say on CEO pay -- and they yelled, "No damn way!" Concerted action by shareholders, workers and public interest groups compelled corporate change in several other cases this spring as well. At least three CEOs resigned.
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Workers of the World Unite — with Shareholders

At Citigroup, shareholders had their say on CEO pay -- and they yelled, "No damn way!" Concerted action by shareholders, workers and public interest groups compelled corporate change in several other cases this spring as well. At least three CEOs resigned.
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What’s It All About Romney

“What's it all about, Romney? Is it just for the moment we live? What's it all about when you sort it out, Romney? Are we meant to take more than we give.
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ObamaCare Pays Off – in Real Cash

In a famous “Laugh In” sketch, Lily Tomlin, playing arrogant operator Ernestine, telephones a customer to demand payment of $23.
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Titanic Tax Shirking by Those in First Class

President Obama's 2011 income tax documents showed on Friday that he paid a significantly higher rate than the significantly richer Mitt Romney, highlighting the titanic level of tax shirking committed by far too many 1 percenters. President Obama paid 20.5 percent on earnings of $789,674.
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Equity and Sensibility

A long time ago, in an historical America, lawmakers determined a progressive tax code to be the fairest and most logical for all. The legislators asked more of those who had benefitted most from the advantages America provides. They asked less of those who benefitted least.
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Hey Etch-A-Sketch-Conservatives Time to Resurrect Some Honesty

A spring awash with Etch A Sketch conservatives, camera-wielding GOP con men and a bogus deficit reduction budget from House Republicans shows that for the right, wrong is justified when it achieves the desired results. A perfect example of this political philosophy is the work of James E.
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A Populace Pink Slimed

A trio of governors and a duo of lieutenant governors last week dined on pink slime burgers and pronounced them mouth-wateringly-delicious-and-nutritious as TV cameras rolled on their barbeque in a Nebraska factory that manufactures the stuff. Shoppers have reacted somewhat d
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Refinery Murder Mystery

The chair of Sunoco’s board of directors is a refinery assassin.
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Dying for Work

Across America, people are dying for work. It's not because they're unemployed. It's because they work for corporations that don't care if they die. Every day, 12 workers die on the job in America – often because a corporation has defied regulations or ignored standard safety procedures.
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America’s Failed Mole-by-Mole Trade Policy

Last week several groups, including the United Steelworkers, petitioned the federal government to whack the latest trade mole – illegally traded auto parts from China. With President Obama announcing creation of a new trade enforcement unit in his State of the Union Addre
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Emblematic of 1 Percenters Cooper Tire Punk’d Workers

Four years ago, Cooper Tire told its workers they’d have to sacrifice to save the company. With a straight face, Cooper executives said it was essential for the corporation’s survival that workers take tens of millions in pay and benefit cuts.
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Recess Appointments Backlash to Blackmail

In America, when gangs of bullies torment school children, pushing them around and extorting their lunch money, parents know only one response effectively counters the abuse: confrontation.
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Republicans Try to Convert America into Pottersville

In the iconic Christmas film, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” an angel offers the beleaguered main character, George Bailey, the stark choice between a hometown named for a cruel banker or […]
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Americans Are Greater Together

It wasn’t so much a vote as a proclamation of ideology last Thursday when Republicans filibustered Obama’s nominee to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The rebuff had nothing to […]
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Hey GOP Give the 99 Percent Some Lovin’

MTV needs to stop giving that creepy vampire guy and moony human girl in the “Twilight” series the “best kiss” prize in its annual movie awards because it’s Republicans who […]
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The 1 Percent Indifferent to Their Indebtedness

Most Americans, the 99 percent, feel the pressure of indebtedness. When they owe a friend a buck, their conscience bothers them until they’re square. They pay their bills, working second […]
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Crash Tax Wall Street Reparations

Wall Street waged war on the American economy and middle class with its reckless gambling. It wasn’t Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac that crashed the economy. It wasn’t the federal […]
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Sacrilege Wall Street Worship

Americans have been worshiping a bull. Too many citizens, and particularly politicians, prostrate themselves to Wall Street’s bronze idol. They revere financial titans who pay themselves and their minions millions […]
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The 99 Seek a Just Economy Not Just an Economy

Republicans jammed together a mess of old, failed and vague schemes and called it a jobs bill. Sen. John McCain conceded the reason for the rehash: “Part of it is […]
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