Obamacare’s “Secret Trick” Could Cure CEO Pay Excesses

In one of its lesser-known provisions, the Affordable Care Act limited tax breaks health insurers could claim for executive compensation. While that may sound arcane, the implications could be profound and far-reaching.
Richard Eskow
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Happy Birthday, Social Security – But Stay Away From That Cake!

August 14 is Social Security’s birthday, which raises the question: what do you give the program that has everything? After all, Social Security enjoys massive public support. It’s the most efficient program of its kind in the country.
Richard Eskow
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Democrats: Party of Future Change or Past Accomplishment

Should Democrats run on what needs to be done or touting what has already been done? You wouldn't think this is a hard question. But the White House thinks its time to brag on the economy.
Robert Borosage
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‘Better Than Republicans’ Not Good Enough For Education

New interviews with leading voices in the progressive education movement have brought to light how policy compromises forged by centrist Democrats have enabled truly bad consequences for public education. Progressives are saying "enough"
Jeff Bryant
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Astoundingly Legal Corporate Tax Thievery

If you get a speeding ticket, do you get to deduct the fine from the income tax you owe? Then why should JPMorgan Chase be able to deduct from its taxes a $20 billion fine for wrongdoing as a cost of doing business?
Jim Hightower
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Chiding CEOs at Walgreens and Other Corporate Defectors

How does it feel to be the CEO of a “defector corporation”? Do such executives face the opprobrium of society as they enjoy the fruits of this land that has given them so much? So far, apparently not. But that may be changing.
Richard Eskow
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What I Learned From My Minimum Wage Job

Sen. Rand Paul mocked the Obamas for wanting their daughters to experience working for minimum wage. My experience taught me “the value of work,” and to value workers for whom earning a living isn’t always fun, stimulating, or fair.
Terrance Heath
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Shiftless Corporations Renounce America

Corporations that “invert” park their assets, staff and sales in the U.S. But with their sham overseas addresses, they won’t pay taxes on foreign income to the country that protects them.
Leo Gerard
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Is Walgreens Trying To Leave The U.S.?

Walgreens receives a quarter of its revenue from health care programs funded by U.S. taxpayers, but is considering renouncing its U.S. "citizenship" to avoid paying taxes for the U.S. services it uses and customers it gets.

Democratic Party’s Divide On Education Policy Gets Worse

The Democratic Party’s divergence from progressive values for governing our schools mostly went unnoticed in major media outlets until recently. Now clear divides within the party compel candidates and their supporters to choose sides
Jeff Bryant
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Companies That Evade Federal Taxes Still Get Federal Contracts

Ingersoll-Rand, which changed its corporate address to Bermuda to avoid American corporate taxes, is one of at least a dozen such companies that together get more than $1 billion in federal contract dollars annually.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Walmart’s Top-to-Bottom Taxpayer Subsidies

Low-income families weren’t the only ones hurt by cuts to food stamps last fall. Top Walmart executives also took a hit. But Walmart’s board rejiggered bonus criteria so executives could reap “performance” payouts, at taxpayer's expense.

Why I Marched On McDonald’s

For all the gains we have been making, the treatment of low-paid workers by some of the most profitable corporations in the world ranks high in the more significant causes of the growing inequalities in the U.S.
Rev. William Barber
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