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In The Public Interest

Big crony CEO pay grab — effects beyond greed

As the new year gets underway, the highest-paid CEOs of many large corporations have already paid themselves more than the average worker will earn in the entire year! By the end of the first week of January, the highest-paid CEOs had already made as much as their average workers will earn over eight years.

Twelve people who made a difference (and you can too!)

Can one person truly make a difference in the world? Far too many people think not, and thus they sell themselves far too short. A wave of pessimism leads capable people to underestimate the power of their voice and the strength of their ideals. The truth is this: it is the initiatives of deeply caring people that provide the firmament for our democracy.

The rumble from the people

If only the people who engage in “road rage” would engage in “corporate rage” when they are harmed by coverups or hazardous products and gouging services,  aloof CEOs would start getting serious about safety and fair play. With press report after press report documenting how big business stiffs millions of its consumers and workers, why is it that more of these victims do not externalize some of their inner agonies by channeling them into civic outrage?

The Sanders and Trump insurgencies: What’s next?

It is not often that Democratic and Republican insurgent candidates for President achieve such prominence and maintain staying power against the establishment “pols” of the two-party duopoly that manages elections for the plutocracy that finances campaigns. The media are taking the insurgents seriously, which means that the polls are being done regularly on candidate positions and their match up with other primary candidates.

The one question reporters never ask candidates

Candidates for public office, especially at the state and national levels, are never asked this central question of politics: “Since the people are sovereign under our Constitution, how do you specifically propose to restore power to the people in their various roles as voters, taxpayers, workers and consumers?”

Re-establishing the Postal Savings Bank

Fact: Tens of millions of Americans do not have a bank account. As a result, many of these Americans spend a reported $89 billion annually in interest and fees by using predatory payday loan and check-cashing services. It’s a perpetuating cycle of poverty in which the poor get poorer just by accessing their own money. 

CEO Richard Master masterminds full Medicare for all

Just when the prospects for single-payer or full Medicare for everyone, with free choice of doctors and hospitals, appear to be going nowhere, from  Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley comes a stirring that could go national and make single-payer a reality.

A letter to Yellen from the Savers of America

Dear Chairwoman Janet Yellen:

The downsides of cheap abundance

The Democrats’ presidential debates: underway, underwhelming

Who thought this up — giving a private corporation (CNN) control of a presidential debate? In the most recent Democratic presidential debate, CNN controlled which candidates were invited, who asked what questions, and the location, Las Vegas — the glittering, gambling center of America. This is a mirror image of the control Fox News exercised during their Republican candidates’ circus.