Danger Ahead: Our Disappearing Pensions

Danger Ahead: Our Disappearing Pensions

How’s your 401(k) doing? Working Americans ask themselves this question — and angst about the answer — a great deal these days. And why not? For most Americans, retirement reality has turned chillingly stark: Either you have a robust set of investments in your...
The Dirt on Fix the Debt’s Advocacy of a Territorial Tax System

The Dirt on Fix the Debt’s Advocacy of a Territorial Tax System

On June 12, 2013, the Institute for Policy Studies released the sixth in a series of reports on the Fix the Debt corporate lobby group. This newest report, Corporate Pirates of the Caribbean, uses Fix the Debt members’ SEC filings to calculate how much they would...
New Report: Corporate Pirates of the Caribbean

New Report: Corporate Pirates of the Caribbean

DOWNLOAD FULL REPORT HERE CEOs with the dubious lobby group “Fix the Debt” are pushing for cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and the social safety net, painting themselves as the good guys in the budget debate. But as they ask for everyday Americans to...
How We Pay for CEO “Performance”

How We Pay for CEO “Performance”

Federal unemployment benefits for 400,000 Californians out of work since last fall recently dropped 18 percent, a $52 cut out of weekly checks that average $297. Similar cuts are rolling out in other states. In all, long-term unemployed Americans will on average lose...

Our Great Fiscal Opportunity

Could anything positive come out of the knock-down, drag-out fight over the deficit? The CEO leaders of a multi-million-dollar PR campaign think so — and the analysts at my progressive think tank agree — although for the opposite reasons. The “Fix...
The Fiscal Hoax

The Fiscal Hoax

The biggest story in Washington is about something that doesn’t really exist: the so-called ”fiscal cliff.” This manufactured panic is all about politicians and corporate interests getting things they want — things that don’t have much to...
For Pete’s Sake, What’s Happened to Our Democracy?

For Pete’s Sake, What’s Happened to Our Democracy?

Down through the millennia, specific individuals have changed the course of history. Some made their indelible mark through their intellect, some through their courage, and still others through the depth and breadth of their vision. But you don’t need smarts,...
A Pension Deficit Disorder

A Pension Deficit Disorder

While America’s CEOs are fretting about the government’s so-called “fiscal cliff,” millions of American workers face a financial disaster that gets much less media attention. There’s a half-trillion-dollar deficit in the nation’s...
The Trojan Horse in the Debt Debate

The Trojan Horse in the Debt Debate

It’s budget showdown time in Washington. With various tax increases and spending cuts set to kick in at the end of the year, the pressure is on for Republicans and Democrats to make a deal. A major player in this hot debate is a new corporate coalition called...