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Who Pays the Penalties for Volkswagen’s Crimes?

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 23:05:07 +0000

It’s refreshing to see the book thrown at a corporate criminal, but it would have been even better if federal prosecutors had aimed higher. Oliver Schmidt, who had once been a mid-level manager at VW’s engineering and environmental office in Michigan, was sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in the company’s long-running […]

Portraying Corporate Villains as Victims

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 22:15:27 +0000

The world according to Trump is one of grievances and victimhood. During the presidential campaign he got a lot of mileage by appearing to empathize with the travails of the white working class and promising to be their champion in fighting against the impact of globalization and economic restructuring. At times he even seemed to […]

The Corporate Crook Conquest of the Executive Branch

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:15:34 +0000

It appears that the Trump Administration will not rest until every last federal regulatory agency is under the control of a corporate surrogate. The reverse revolving door is swinging wildly as business foxes swarm into the rulemaking henhouses. Among the latest predators is Alex Azar II, who was just nominated by Trump to head the […]

Tax Dodgers and Regulatory Scofflaws

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 20:45:07 +0000

Large corporations in the United States like to portray themselves as victims of a supposedly onerous tax system and a supposedly oppressive regulatory system. Those depictions are a far cry from reality, but that does not stop business interests from seeking to weaken government power in both areas. This year has been a bonanza. The […]

Bizarro-World Worker Populism at Trump’s OSHA

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 21:17:38 +0000

The bizarro-world worker populism of Donald Trump strikes again. The White House recently nominated Scott Mugno to be the Assistant Secretary of Labor in charge of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Mugno (photo at left) is not a worker safety advocate, occupational health scientist or a union official. Instead, he is a corporate safety […]

Unfettered Corporate Power

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 21:20:41 +0000

Once upon a time, there was a debate on how best to check the power of giant corporations. Starting in the Progressive Era and resuming in the 1970s with the arrival of agencies such as the EPA and OSHA, some emphasized the role of government through regulation. Others focused on the role of the courts, […]

Getting Tough on the Corporations Behind the Opioid Crisis

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 20:19:04 +0000

The withdrawal of Tom Marino’s nomination as national drug czar is a reminder of the power of whistle-blowing and aggressive investigative reporting, while the fact that he was named in the first place is a reminder of the hollowness of the Trump’s Administration’s commitments to draining the swamp and to seriously addressing the opioid epidemic. […]

Employers and Sexual Harassment

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:29:00 +0000

The Harvey Weinstein scandal is bringing necessary attention to the problem of sexual harassment. But that problem is not limited to abusive behavior on the part of big-time movie producers and a few other powerful men. Women are confronted with sexual predators in a wide variety of workplaces. Evidence of this can be found in […]

The Corporate Death Penalty for Wells Fargo?

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 23:13:23 +0000

Wells Fargo’s seemingly endless transgressions have reached the point that there is growing discussion of a possibility rarely considered even in some of the most egregious corporate scandals: putting it out of business. Rep. Maxine Waters, the top ranking Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, recently issued a report that recounted the banks sins […]

A Strange Way of Helping Workers

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 22:19:50 +0000

The Trump Administration would have us believe it is all about helping workers. Yet it has a strange way of showing it. Policies that directly assist workers are under attack, and all the emphasis is on initiatives that purportedly aid workers indirectly by boosting their employers. That dubious approach is on full display now in […]