Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Aetna Lifts the National Standard for ‘Competitive Wages’

One rare CEO is increasing up to one-third of his employees' pay as well as adjusting its company health plan so lower-income workers can get the same health coverage. Aetna set a new national standard for competitive wages.

Back to the Nineteenth Century

The argument that the growth of on-demand jobs are less predictable and secure for workers is similar to the “freedom of contract” argument, which took place in the late nineteenth century. Are we heading back in time?

The Terror We Give Is the Terror We Get

Is the barbarism we condemn the barbarism we commit? Chris Hedges discusses the line that separates the U.S. from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and how terror has become the engine of war.

On Gas Tax Increase, Obama is Wrong—and (Some) Republicans are Right

People on the right, as well as many on the left, are urging the President to consider an increase in the federal gasoline tax to maintain America's transportation infrastructure and reduce greenhouse gases. Could a "bipartisan" approach be of value to this country?

New Evidence that Half of America is Broke

Half of America is barely surviving and new data strengthens the case. Yet, people's views are distorted by growing financial wealth. As half of our nation is in poverty, where is that booming economy everyone's talking about?

Williams Incident: Reagan and Bush Lied About Military Records but Got a Pass

Many conservatives are currently criticizing NBC nightly news anchor Brian Williams for embellishing an experience he had at the beginning of the Iraq War. These same conservatives, however, continue idolizing Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush who “embellished” a lot of stories in wartime.

Republican Scott Walker Pitches a Possible Syria War to Make Us Like Him

Scott Walker, the GOP hopeful, is using the idea of a ground war in Syria as an attractive campaign promise. But what does he think Americans will gain from a Syria war launched by the leader of Wisconsin?

Old McPontiff Had a Farm

Who knew—Pope Francis has a farm. And on his farm he is providing a living model of a sustainable food system to the public. Just one more reason he is living up to his reputation as the “People’s Pope.”

Net Neutrality, Back by Popular Demand

During the past two decades, as the Internet flourished and transformed our society, several major corporations have assumed dominant “gatekeeper” positions, threatening net neutrality. We must protect net neutrality.

A Bailed-Out Banker Lectures About Fairness

James Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase is complaining that “banks are under assault.” But America’s largest Wall Street empire has illegally deceived and cheated its way to the top. Dimon should be grateful he’s not in jail.