Introducing…The Mustache Lobby

According to the American Mustache Institute (AMI), the organization is planning a march on Washington affectionately called the “Million Mustache March” for April 1. The AMI is pushing for the adoption of a “Stimulus To Allow Critical Hair Expenses” also known as the STACHE Act. If passed, this legislation provides an annual $250 tax deduction […]

What is the Deficit Reduction Act of 1993?

The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 was passed by the 103rd United States Congress without a Republican vote. The federal law was signed by President Bill Clinton. Its goal was to deal with the ongoing deficit faced by the country through adjustments to the taxation of its citizens. Income rates for the top 1.2% […]

Why Stop at Neutral? Freakonomics on the Daily Show

Last night, Steven Levitt, co-author of Freakonomics and now the ostensibly freakier Super Freakonomics, appeared on The Daily Show. Jon Stewart expressed his enthusiasm for Levitt’s position that we should be combating global warming in many ways, not only by reducing emissions but also by implementing strategies to actively remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.[…]

Freedom and License – Latest Efforts by the Chamber of Commerce

You may have seen these commercials for This is the latest effort in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s campaign to let businesses do whatever the hell they want. The face of the campaign is respectable enough: Harness American innovation to create 20 million new jobs. Wonderful! Let’s do that. But of course, the only way to do that, according to the Chamber, is to never hold any business accountable for anything.[…]

Yes Men and the Chamber of Commerce

A group called The Yes Men recently held a press conference wherein members posed as representatives of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the press conference was ostensibly to announce that the Chamber was reversing its opposition to stricter climate change legislation.[…]

What Causes An Economic Recession?

The typical recession is like a nasty hangover after a great party.  During the party, participants get drunk and have a good time. Or as former Fed chairman Allen Greenspan was fond of calling it, they become irrationally exuberant. But when the party is over, society pays for its thrills with a recessionary morning after. […]

You Know What Really Grinds My Gears? Corporations, Lobbyists and Healthcare

While it’s true that Exxon has never sent goons to rough me up or burn down my house, I think it’s true that many huge corporations have had a perverse influence on the lives of most Americans.[…]

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