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Commentary & Opinion
Commentary & Opinion
November 15, 2013 How McDonald's and Wal-Mart Became Welfare QueensSource: Bloomberg
It seems that welfare queens are back in the news these days. The old stereotype was an inner-city unwed mother -- that’s dog-whistle-speak for black -- having multiple babies to get ever bigger welfare checks (throw in a new...
October 22, 2013 Privatizing Profits, Socializing Losses—A Continuing SagaSource: Larry Checco
Washington DC -- As if we needed another example of how profits are privatized and losses socialized by corporations and top earners in this country. A recent study found that taxpayers are spending nearly US$7 billion a year to...
October 22, 2013 Humans Can Be Irrational, and Other Economic InsightsSource: NY Times
Alan Greenspan, the former Federal Reserve chairman, writes in his new book, “The Map and the Territory,” that he has been thinking about bubbles since the financial crisis of 2008. Specifically, he has been trying to understand...
October 7, 2013 Growing wealth gap opens gate to unrest: Our viewSource: USA Today
The impact of America's growing income inequality can be seen in protests, ranging from Occupy Wall Street in 2011 to the fast-food worker strikes this summer, and also in the changing political landscape where Democratic...
September 18, 2013 Capitalism vs CannibalismSource: Larry Checco
We are eating our own—and it’s all perfectly legal. Millions of Americans are still reeling from the aftermath of predatory mortgage lenders who would do or say anything to make a commission. Some preyed on first-time homebuyers...
September 16, 2013 What should we do about income inequality?Source: CNN Money
I find myself thinking more and more these days about income inequality. The New York Times published an astounding article Wednesday citing data that shows that America's top 10% of breadwinners had the largest share of overall...
September 9, 2013 How I learned to stop worrying and love frackingSource: Christian Science Monitor
Critics of hydraulic fracturing say economic and energy security shouldn't come at the expense of the environment. The controversial practice, dubbed fracking, has become the cause du jour in advocacy circles. A report from...
August 30, 2013 99 must-reads on income inequalitySource: CNN
Earlier this week, I asked readers of this column to submit ideas for a list of "99 must-reads on income inequality." When I put out that call, I hedged a bit, saying 99 was my goal, for symbolic, we-are-the-99% type reasons, but...
August 28, 2013 Editorial: Jobs and freedomSource: Gainesville.com
As the decades have passed and the event's historical significance has been cemented, simply saying "The March on Washington" is enough to bring to mind the powerful speech delivered that day by Martin Luther King Jr.
Source: Palm Beach Post
During a rare interview Saturday with The New York Times, President Barack Obama made a pitch for his economic policies by saying that the income and wealth gap in the United States represents a threat to the country.
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