President Reagan’s View on Immigrants and Immigration

From his final speech as President. The entire transcript from the Presidential Medal of Freedom award ceremony is posted at the Reagan Library. January 19, 1989: Now, tomorrow is a special day for me. I’m going to receive my gold watch. And since this is the last speech that I will give as President, I think […]

The Arbitration Gambit: The Corporate Takeover of Our Justice System

It used to be anybody who forged a banking transaction would end up in deep legal trouble. Not anymore – at least if you’re a banker. You might get fired as four senior Wells Fargo managers were recently. But the police won’t be looking for you. What’s worse, if you are a victim of the […]

Presidential Debates Should Serve Citizens and Democracy, Not Political Parties

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) may sound official, but it’s a private non-profit corporation, owned and controlled by Republican and Democratic party operatives, with most financial support coming from for-profit corporations. The CPD undermines the interests of Americans in several ways.

Snuffing Runaway Corporate Power at the Source: Our Money

“If you don’t like the growth of giant corporations, stop giving them your money,” said Jeff Milchen (Reclaim Democracy’s Executive Director at the time) in 1997. While this does not suggest exercising our power as consumers is sufficient by itself to solve the problem of runaway corporate power, we too often find the importance of our […]

Exxon CEO Now Concerned About Local Fracking Impacts…In His Community

The CEO of a corporation engaged in fracking activities nationwide sues to stop it in his neighborhood, claiming the right to an “upscale community free of industrial properties.”

NY Times Rails Against Fake Drugs, but Ignores the Role of Corporate Power in Creating the Demand

A victim of fake drugs?

The New York Times recently editorialized on the problem of fake drugs but failed to mention a core reason for the problem: a patent system that keeps drug prices beyond the reach of people who need them, even for drugs developed with taxpayer money.

Amazon Plays Hardball on Tax Avoidance in Texas

Texas is among many states subsidizing Amazon Corporation. State officials offered well over $250 million in tax exemptions — $100,000 per job created — to get about 2500 fulfillment center jobs. Then Amazon shut down the facility.