|Lawmakers who force the poor to take drug tests should be drug-tested|
| Tenacity can be an admirable trait in a leader â€“ except when it's stupid.
Stupid tenacity has afflicted several right-wing governors and legislators who grabbed hold of a bad idea that, in practice, has proven to be even worse than expected â€“ yet they've clung to it like Captain Ahab on ... Read More|
|Coke's Conspiracy against tap water|
| Coca-Cola is running a stealth advertising campaign.
Stealth? Why would a corporation as ad-dependent as Coke spend big bucks on advertising that it doesn't want consumers to notice? Shhhh â€“ because the campaign is a surreptitious ploy to enlist restaurants in a marketing conspiracy that... Read More|
|J.P. Morgan â€“ the man and the bank|
| J.P. Morgan was recently socked in the wallet by financial regulators, who levied a fine of nearly a billion bucks against the Wall Street baron for massive illegalities.
Well, not a fine against John Pierpont Morgan, the man. This 19th century robber baron was born to a great banking for... Read More|
|In this season of feasting, let's celebrate agriCULTURE|
| Nicholas Kristof, a New York Times columnist and former farm boy, says: "The central problem with modern industrial agriculture... [is] not just that it produces unhealthy food, mishandles waste, and overuses antibiotics in ways that harm us all. More fundamentally, it has no soul."
This... Read More|
|Punishing poverty, subsidizing billionaires|
| In this season of the fall harvest, Congress is proving once again that it is a very poor gardener â€“ it keeps watering the weeds and pulling the flowers. A conference committee is presently meeting to hash out a new, five-year farm bill, and what a hash they're making of it!
For some 40 ... Read More|
|Walmart's idea of Thanksgiving charity|
| Who says Walmart is not big hearted?
Just look at the chain's outlet in Canton, Ohio, where management has set up bins for food donations, asking people to give generously to the poor, who otherwise will not have a Thanksgiving dinner. But the bins are not for customers â€“ they're tucked ... Read More|
|Billionaires reap a cornucopia of farm subsidy cash|
| As we approach our annual feast of Thanksgiving, please join me in expressing our nation's deepest, heartfelt feelings for an extra-special group of America's farmers: Thbbllllttttt.
That raspberry goes out to the 50 billionaires who've been farming the US farm subsidy program for years, ... Read More|
|Peeking under the Big Top at this year's three-ring election circus|
| Election days can be as dizzying as a three-ring circus with all three acts going at once.
In the center ring of this month's balloting circus was the New York City mayoral race, which spotlighted the dazzling, high-wire performance of Bill de Blasio. This progressive populist was practi... Read More|
|"Black Friday" is spoiling Thanksgiving|
| Here comes Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas! It's a month-long season of friends and family, spiritual reflection, and time to decompress from our usual helter-skelter lives, right?
Good lord, shout the corporate bosses, are you nuts? Do you think America is some kind of Norman Rockw... Read More|
|McDonald's: Low-paid workers, high-flying execs|
| In this season of generosity, I'm sure that you get as much joy and deep internal satisfaction as I do just by knowing that we â€“ all of us taxpayers together â€“ contribute day-in and day-out to a very big global cause: Supersizing McDonald's.
The world's largest hamburger chain is a needy ... Read More|