The Corporate Takeover of the 2012 Presidential Election

The Corporate Takeover of the 2012 Presidential Election

The unregulated energy hucksters behind the infamous Enron scandals of a decade ago created an array of dummy financial funds to evade public scrutiny and perpetrate fraud. To disguise the scams, they dubbed these phony funds names like Chewco and JEDI. While...
CEOs Rewarded for Corporate Tax Dodging

CEOs Rewarded for Corporate Tax Dodging

For an elite group of American CEOs, sacrifice is for chumps. As the nation struggles with budgetary constraints, Congress has exempted a group of imperial CEOs and their companies from contributing to the solution. One special group of CEOs enjoys huge compensation...

Pay Your Share: Stop Corporate Tax Dodgers

Corporate tax dodging has gone so out of control that 25 major U.S. corporations paid their CEOs more than they paid the U.S. government in federal income taxes. Ample evidence suggests that CEOs and their corporations are expending considerably more energy on...
Executive Excess 2011: The Massive CEO Rewards for Tax Dodging

Executive Excess 2011: The Massive CEO Rewards for Tax Dodging

Guns don’t kill people, the old saw goes. People do. By the same token, corporations don’t dodge taxes. People do. The people who run corporations. And these people — America’s CEOs — are reaping awesomely lavish rewards for the tax dodging they have...

Remembering the Moment Our CEOs Dug In

A landmark historical anniversary passed by almost totally unnoticed last week. No front-page retrospective in a major daily newspaper. No ceremony in the White House Rose Garden. Not even a new postage stamp. A postage stamp, to be sure, might have been a bit of a...

Watching Out for Our Water

Water is at risk in the United States and around the world. Its quality and availability is in peril. Today, nearly one in eight people lack access to adequate supplies of safe drinking water. Globally, water-borne diseases kill more people than tuberculosis or...
Too Many Rulings are Supremely Courteous to Corporations

Too Many Rulings are Supremely Courteous to Corporations

Americans realize that our rights and liberties depend on having a system of justice that we can trust. We know we should be able to show up in court to contest anything from a parking ticket to felony and make our case — whether we’re rich or poor. But...
Sleazy Corporate Holiday

Sleazy Corporate Holiday

My father, long dead, spent his working years in tool and die shops in Detroit, an experience from which he crafted a political, economic, and social philosophy of life. “They’re all in it together,” he would say. That was the very core of the...
Three Strikes against Apple

Three Strikes against Apple

In college, I considered my Apple laptop a faithful, effective, and occasionally even fun machine. A year past graduation, this constant companion to late nights spent studying, working, or wasting time has aged into a decrepit device. Like the old Windows hourglass,...

Fixing America’s Nuclear Waste Storage Problem

In March 1992 George Galatis, a nuclear engineer at the Millstone nuclear power station in Waterford, Connecticut, became alarmed during a refueling. The reactor had to be shut down and the full radioactive core of the Unit 1 reactor, which held thousands of rods, was...
Mobile Mugging

Mobile Mugging

A recent T-Mobile commercial depicts a cellphone customer being harassed by two thugs in business suits, his pockets emptied, his wallet turned inside out, and every last penny shaken out of him. The gist: He’s being mugged by T-Mobile’s competitors, which...