Presidential Politicians Are All Bark, No Bite on CEO Pay

Presidential Politicians Are All Bark, No Bite on CEO Pay

Politicians love to beat up on overpaid CEOs. In the wake of the 2008 financial crash, Republican presidential candidate John McCain lashed out at executives of bailed-out banks, calling for their pay to be cut to the salary level of the President of the United...
The Failure of Bill Clinton’s CEO Pay Reform

The Failure of Bill Clinton’s CEO Pay Reform

President George H. W. Bush’s January 1992 trip to Tokyo will be forever remembered as the time he vomited in his Japanese host’s lap at a fancy banquet. What made many Americans more nauseated, though, was the stark contrast between the 12 over-paid American CEOs who...
Bill Clinton Should Hit the Road for Criminal Justice Reform

Bill Clinton Should Hit the Road for Criminal Justice Reform

If Hillary Clinton wins the election this November, Bill Clinton would be more than just the first First Gentleman. As a former president himself, he’d get the unique opportunity to do what I’m sure many former presidents wish they could — help right the wrongs of his...
Inequality Will Get Worse Until There’s a Revolution

Inequality Will Get Worse Until There’s a Revolution

Imagine, after a deep sleep, you suffered the fate of Rip Van Winkle and woke in the spring of 2040. What might you find? Among other things, maybe a presidential candidate railing against America’s concentration of wealth. Except this time, it’s not the 1 percent...
Why Democrats Should Think Twice About Voting for TPP

Why Democrats Should Think Twice About Voting for TPP

It’s serious flashback time for those involved in the 1993 debate over the North America Free Trade Agreement. With the “fast track” trade vote expected as early as this Thursday, a Democratic president is once again twisting arms and dangling rewards in a desperate...
New “Blue-Ribbon Panel Report” on Inequality Has a Major Blindspot

New “Blue-Ribbon Panel Report” on Inequality Has a Major Blindspot

The Commission on Inclusive Prosperity, a project of the Washington, DC-based Center for American Progress, has just released what journalists like to call a “blue-ribbon panel report.” This commission certainly rates — by any standard — as “blue-ribbon.” The...
Washington’s Slow-Motion Thaw

Washington’s Slow-Motion Thaw

The strangest part of seeing the Cuban embargo officially deemed past its use-by date is how long this took. I first traveled to Cuba in 1995, after convincing my editor that it would become a huge business story once President Bill Clinton normalized relations. Like...
NAFTA at 20: The New Spin

NAFTA at 20: The New Spin

Only a few years ago, analysts were warning that Mexico was at risk of becoming a “failed state.” These days, the Mexican government appears to be doing a much better PR job. Despite the devastating and ongoing drug war, the story now goes that Mexico is...
Haiti, the Caribbean Sweatshop

Haiti, the Caribbean Sweatshop

Working life Would make you wince; Should you visit Port-au-Prince. It’s baseball season in America. For years, for every ball that was scuffed in the dirt or fouled in the stands, another was quietly stitched in an abysmal Haitian sweatshop owned by Rawlings...

What Obama can Learn from W.

There are a few important reasons why George W. Bush made sense to many Americans after Bill Clinton. By now we’re familiar with the primary reason: the country was attracted to Bush’s ‘compassionate conservative’ message, a message that sanded...