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Why Europe's Laws On Vacations Are Better Than Your Wildest Dreams (and How Badly Americans Get Screwed)

July 18th, 2012 by Les Leopold

Imagine this: You work 25 hours a week at the McDonald’s in Cairo, New York, and have finally earned two weeks of paid vacation. You set out on a bike trip. On the first day in the saddle, you hit a pothole and crash, cracking your collar bone. You sit on your couch for the [...]

How the Federal Reserve Is Manipulating Our Kids Into Loving Wall Street

June 28th, 2012 by Les Leopold

Each year the Federal Reserve sponsors a national academic competition to indoctrinate our leading high school students into revering the marvels of modern finance capitalism. Unfortunately, nowhere in that intensive program do our students learn about how the largest U.S. banks have turned the Federal Reserve into their own private piggy-bank.
The Fed, through a series [...]

What If the Greedy Rich Paid Their Share? 8 Things to Know About Wealth and Poverty in the US

April 25th, 2012 by Les Leopold

We're far from poor — we just have a wildly lopsided distribution of wealth that makes us seem poor.
America is loaded. We are not a struggling nation ready to go under. We are not facing an enormous debt crisis despite what the politicians and pundits proclaim. We are not the next Greece.
Rather, we have an [...]

5 Ways Wall Street Is Putting the Squeeze on American Students

March 22nd, 2012 by Les Leopold

The damage Wall Street inflicted on our educational infrastructure is growing.
March 13, 2012  |
The damage to our educational infrastructure is growing, according to Catherine Rampell's chilling report in the New York Times. As state funding has dwindled, public colleges have raised tuition and are now resorting to even more desperate measures — cutting training for [...]

7 Ways to Really Take the Ax to Wall Street

January 23rd, 2012 by Les Leopold

As we’ve learned the hard way, the core of our modern capitalist economy is finance, and finance is run entirely by a few large Wall Street firms. But here’s the ultimate irony: while modern capitalism depends on Wall Street, Wall Street no longer depends on capitalist principles. In finance a new system has emerged that [...]

How Can the World's Richest Country Let Children Go Hungry? 6 Tricks Corporate Elites Use to Hoard All the Wealth

January 7th, 2012 by Les Leopold

December 21, 2011  -  AlterNet
“Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans, nearly 1 in 2, have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income."
“Study: 1 in 5 American children lives in poverty."
“In 2010, 17.2 million households, 14.5 percent of households (approximately one in seven), were [...]

Why Are We Forced to Worship at the Feet of 'Mythical' Financial Markets Controlled by the Elite?

December 21st, 2011 by Les Leopold

We are told to appease the market gods or face eternal financial damnation.

The markets are “jittery,” “upset,” “skittish” and “unnerved.” They are “confident” or “unsure.” They are “demanding” that political leaders “put up or shut up.” And they are “reacting unfavorably” to Obama’s newfound populism.

These are just a few of the [...]

The Shocking, Graphic Data That Shows Exactly What Motivates the Occupy Movement

November 10th, 2011 by Les Leopold

The corporate media may obsess about what Occupy Wall Street is all about, but these images should make it clear.
October 23, 2011 |
What are the Occupy Wall Street protesters angry about? The same things we’re all angry about. The only difference is the protestors turned their anger into public action. Occupy [...]

Free College on Wall Street's Tab? 5 Reasons the Finance Sector Should Pay for Full Tuition at Public Universities

May 19th, 2011 by Les Leopold

We are the richest country in the world, and we have the means to create employment for the 20 million who are without work.
It’s now crystal clear that our economy is not producing enough jobs for all who want and need them. It’s also clear that our economy is doing an [...]

How Wall Street Thieves, Led by Goldman Sachs, Took Down the Global Economy — Their Outsized Influence Must be Stopped

April 27th, 2011 by Les Leopold

For all the damning evidence you’ll ever need about Wall Street corruption, take a look at the recent report from the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, “Wall Street and the Financial Crisis: An Anatomy of a Financial Collapse” (PDF). The 650-page indictment reveals the myriad of ways Wall Street lies, cheats, steals and defrauds on [...]