What is worse than being poor?

One of the lucky things about being rich is that you automatically become handsome, your jokes are hilarious, and politicians treat you with fawning deference.

Amazon buys out Whole Foods: What’s it to us?

Wall Street analysts tell us that Amazon's $14 billion buy-out of Whole Foods Market is not only a win-win for both of them - but also for consumers, for Amazon intends to lower the organic grocer's prices.

Will you enlist in “Trump’s War?”

President Trump might have dodged military service in his youth, but he certainly is militaristic – he is bellicose, likes to issue commands, and is constantly firing off militant tweets at anyone he perceives to be an enemy (which seems to include everyone who dares to disagree with him).

Trump versus the wisdom of Robert E. Lee

While our present President's moral character seems stuck somewhere between boorish and brutish, it's only fair to note that he also has an aesthetic dimension.

Who’s left for Trump to tweet-bomb?

I hate to say this, but I'm starting to feel sorry for Donald Trump. He's only been in office for half a year, and already he's running out of Americans to attack.

Who’ll help America’s hard-hit gold miners?

These are hard times for America's gold miners, who're scrambling to get ahead, but seeing their pay dropping. Take Bob Mercer, who's been a top miner for years, but last year even Bob was down. He pulled in only $125 million in pay. Can you feel Bob's pain?

Living Wage Preemption Act

The governors of many states are boldly stepping forward these days to stop grassroots democracy.

Should churches become Unholy Temples of Dark Money?

You know what's wrong with American politics? It's that there just aren't enough ways for giant corporations and mega-rich political donors to funnel their big bucks into our elections and buy our government.

Why did Trump back off from his Mexican border tax?

Often, when world powers pick fights with seemingly powerless countries, they learn that even small dogs have sharp teeth - as President Trump is finding out in his ill-fated war with Mexico.

Should we entrust our school children to corporate profiteers?

Betsy DeVos and her hubby, Dick, are lucky enough to have inherited a big chunk of the multibillion-dollar fortune that Daddy DeVos amassed through his shady Amway corporation. But what they've done with their Amway money is certainly not the American Way.

What are the Koch Boys up to?

Where are Charlie and Dave, Mrs. Koch's two mischievous boys? The Koch brothers have stayed out of the national limelight recently but they're still trying to supplant American democracy with their little laissez-fairyland plutocracy. In fact, in late June, they held a meeting of the Koch Boys Billionaires Club, gathering about 400 other uber-wealthy rascals to plot some political high jinks for next year's elections.

Amazon buys out Whole Foods: What’s it to us?

Wall Street analysts tell us that Amazon's $14 billion buy-out of Whole Foods Market is not only a win-win for both of them – but also for consumers, for Amazon intends to lower the organic grocer's prices.

Should lousy, low-wage “jobs” count as jobs?

Excellent news, folks: Jobs are now plentiful! As the Associated Press put it, "The US job market has settled into a sweet spot of steadily solid growth." At long last then, the American dream is back for working families, right? No.

When is daylight robbery not a crime?

     I thought Donnie Trump and his fellow Republicans were big law 'n' order politicians. So, why are they trying to kill the sheriff and unleash thousands of robbers to run wild across America? 

Why can’t our economy promote equality and shared prosperity?

You don't have to be in "Who's Who" to know what's what. For example, if a tiny group of Wall Street bankers, billionaires, and their political puppets are allowed to write the rules that govern our economy and elections, guess what? Only bankers, billionaires, and puppets will profit from those rules.

Will you enlist in “Trump’s War?”

President Trump might have dodged military service in his youth, but he certainly is militaristic – he is bellicose, likes to issue commands, and is constantly firing off militant tweets at anyone he perceives to be an enemy (which seems to include everyone who dares to disagree with him).