Archive for the 'Economy' Category

GOOD ON PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA…

September 23rd, 2014

Companies that seek to avoid US tax by shifting their headquarters abroad are being targeted under tough new rules announced by the Obama administration that it claims will dramatically reduce the benefits of so-called corporate inversions. The controversial technique, which has allowed companies such as Burger King to move abroad by buying a smaller foreign […]

THERE’S WORK AND THEN THERE’S WORK…

September 22nd, 2014

Linda Tirado, 32, was attending college and working in two low-paid jobs when she first posted her essay about America’s poverty trap on an online forum. The post went viral, and Tirado extended her essay into a book while still working at a pancake shop near her home in Utah. She now lives in Washington […]

BRAND ME…!

September 11th, 2014

In true Tom Peters style, the concept of Brand You was ahead of its time. Tom introduced it in a Fast Company article in August 1997: “The Brand Called You.” It’s been causing quite a stir ever since—with critics decrying self-promotion—and only with the advent of social media did it start to gain wide acceptance. […]

MINIMUM WAGE, NO… UNION, YES…!

September 10th, 2014

I provide essential daily care for a client with disabilities. My client, like my daughter, needs support with food preparation, cleaning, bathing and other daily activities that most people take for granted. I would do anything in the world for her. But after three years, I’m paid only $9 an hour by the company I […]

FAST-FOOD STRIKE UPDATES…

September 4th, 2014

A nationwide protest against low wages in the US fast-food industry culminated in hundreds of arrests on Thursday, as activists stepped up their campaign for higher pay and better benefits for workers at companies such as McDonald’s, Burger King and KFC. Protesters in more than 100 cities including Chicago, New York and Detroit took part […]

FAST-FOOD WORKERS STRIKE… LIVE COVERAGE…

September 4th, 2014

Good morning and welcome to our live blog coverage of a day of national protests by fast-food workers and allied service industry employees. Organizers are billing Thursday’s walkout protests as the largest demonstrations yet in the workers’ fight for a $15 minimum wage and better benefits. Workers from McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut and other […]

WHAT WOULD TOM PETERS SAY TO MCDONALD’S…

September 2nd, 2014

Fast food workers plan biggest US strike to date over minimum wage…

THIS MAKES ME FEEL BETTER…?

September 1st, 2014

Why do corporations think that sending that advertisements spam camouflaged as insincere birthday cards will make their customers feel better about their poor service? Sometime this month I’ll get a another birthday greeting from my insurance carrier—which only gives feck when I’m a profit center—along with a worthless sheet of return address labels. At least […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON 2014, HOW ARE WE DOING…?

September 1st, 2014

Cleveland Mayor Carl Burton Stokes We are powerless. We are leaderless. There seem to be no real voices of protest. Thus no anger to play off. No squeaky wheel to arouse. Not a media voice of even mild condemnation of what is. Or what should be. A newspaper lacking even the pretense of debate or […]

HAPPY LABOR DAY…

September 1st, 2014

OHIO’S CARPET BAGGING TEA BAGGER…

August 31st, 2014

It comes as no surprise to discover that Congressman Bill Johnson might be reluctant to engage in an honest, one-on-one, debate with his Democrat opponent before the November 4 election. Johnson wants to rely instead upon the tried-and-true tea party tactic of staged “town-hall” meetings (where his pals can make him look good by restricting […]

BUSINESS: PROTECT US FROM THE FREE MARKET…!

August 31st, 2014

When they can’t compete, corporations scramble for government protection. The US telecoms industry called on the Federal Communications Commission on Friday to block two cities’ plans to expand high-speed internet services to their residents. USTelecom, which represents telecoms giants Verizon, AT&T and others, wants the FCC to block expansion of two popular municipally owned high-speed […]

WHAT’S A FAST-FOOD DISDAINER TO DO…?

August 27th, 2014

When I decided that my life was a matter of some 80 pounds that were slowing killing me, the first decision I made was that I would never walk into another fast food restaurant again, and the place I avoided the most, because I really, really like the hamburgers, was Burger King. So, Burger King […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON BROOK PARK VOTERS
SENDING STRONG MESSAGE…?

August 18th, 2014

By Roldo Bartimole Is there a crucial message from Brook Park voters turning down two tax measures by significant margins? One was three to one and the other two to one defeat in an election a week ago. A harsh rebuke. My journalistic take is this: Workers squeezed by years of no or little income […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON LEBRON JAMES:
HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEWS TODAY…?

August 12th, 2014

Roldo Bartimole asks: Have you watched the news lately? Did you see the Plain Dealer front page Saturday with LeBron James, arms extended, face raised, eyes-closed in seeming ecstasy? Jesus-like? Do you check the front page of the Pee Dee daily, or its web site Cleveland.com? Do you think you live in a world of […]

DO ANYTHING ELSE, DO IT NOW…

August 12th, 2014

ROLDO RIGHTS ON CLEVELAND’S
PUBLIC ENEMIES NO. 1: EATON AND CUTLER…

August 6th, 2014

By Roldo Bartimole Don’t you feel sorry for poor Sandy Cutler, chairman and CEO of Eaton Corp., formerly of the United States? Isn’t he taking an unfair beating in the press? He’s the boss at Eaton Corp., a Dublin, Ireland company really based right here. At least for 100 years. But for tax purposes he’s […]

PLUTOCRATS WITH TAIBBI, FREELAND & MOYERS…

August 3rd, 2014

AVOIDING THE PROBLEMS WITH BOYCOTTS…

July 22nd, 2014

Boycotts are always problematic, but they can be effective. Putting our money behind our personal convictions helped to bring down South Africa’s apartheid regime. But when does joining a consumer boycott of products or services produced by a specific company or originating in a given region of the world make sense? It’s a question that […]

WHICH STATE, WHICH COMMUNITY, BENEFITS?

July 21st, 2014

I’m all for collecting the sales taxes from online sales, but the sticking point is not who pays the tax, but rather which states (and ultimately which communities) benefit from collecting the tax. Consider this scenario: I live in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, which collects an 8 percent sales tax on all non-food purchases. I have […]

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