Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour?

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Robert Reich: At a time in our history when 95 percent of all economic gains are going to the top 1 percent, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour isn’t just smart economics and good politics. It’s also the morally right thing to do.

American Wealth Inequality

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Charles Hayes: Corporations have bought the right to employ people permanently in lifetime jobs at serf wages, with government subsidies, and they are able to deflect criticism by shouting clichés and platitudes about freedom.

Payday Loans: How All Those ‘Theories’ Really Work

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Steve Hochstadt: Add it all up. Republican legislators try to prevent the government from protecting citizens from payday vultures, use payday money to tilt elections so they can eviscerate any possible regulations, while making it more difficult for the poor and minorities to vote.

Stressed: What Are They Trying To Tell Us?

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Danny Schechter: Despite all the “regulations” in the Dodd Frank Financial “reform” and the Volcker Rule and The Fed’s “oversight:’ the banks seem to have free reign to do what they will despite the financial crisis, and the pathetic “recovery.”

Madoff’s Billionaires: The Fear and the Fury

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Richard “RJ” Eskow: There’s more than fear at work among these billionaires. There’s rage, too. These are people who are unaccustomed to hearing “no.” And many of them got where they are because they possess an overwhelming and insatiable drive for more.

Lettuce Look at Some Prices

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Walter Brasch: “California and the Southwest are in the worst drought in decades. Wiped out much of the agricultural land. Drought’s almost as good as winning the PowerBall. Prices have to rise.”

Don’t Mourn for American Airlines

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Steve Mikulan: I just wonder how long it will take American Airlines to figure it can get away with charging grieving travelers extra.

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