Robert Weissman

Robert Weissman is the president of Public Citizen.

 

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Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 2:30pm
End Big Money’s Chokehold on Democracy. Amend the Constitution.
The American political system is facing an existential crisis. Do we aim to be a democracy – meaning a system of rule by the people – or do Americans stand down and permit a very narrow elite class to operate a functioning oligarchy? Our Constitution begins with the powerful words “We the People”...
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Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 6:30am
Big Business is Strong, But Americans Suffer from Chamber-Backed Policies
On Wednesday, Tom Donohue, the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the lobby group for big business, gave his annual "State of American Business" address. Donohue has a lot to celebrate. Corporate profits have risen for 12 straight quarters . Corporate profits as a share of the economy are at a...
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 11:45am
President Obama: Veto That
It’s time for President Obama to ready his veto pen. Obama has only vetoed two bills during his tenure. By contrast , George W. Bush vetoed 12, Bill Clinton vetoed 37, George H.W. Bush vetoed 44 and Ronald Reagan vetoed 78. Harry S. Truman vetoed 250! Things will look different by the end of Obama’...
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Friday, November 21, 2014 - 2:45pm
The US-China Emissions Deal Likely Meaningless
Is the US-China climate change agreement a big deal? Yes and no. It is quite a significant and consequential political achievement. But it is not particularly important in its direct effect on greenhouse gas emissions. Whether the agreement ultimately matters to the fate of the world will depend on...
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 3:15pm
Constitutional Amendment Would Help Save Our Planet
You've changed the light bulbs, switched the car for a bike. Across the country, people are ready to take it to the next level. In September, literally thousands of people will gather in New York to show the force that citizens are bringing to the climate fight. The science is clear and the power...
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Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein. (Credit: flickr / cc / Fortune Live Media) Views
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 1:00pm
Goldman Sachs: Too Big To Rein In?
On June 11, Goldman Sachs agreed to pay $67m to settle a suit charging the firm and others with colluding to drive down the price of takeovers. For another firm, paying out tens of millions of dollars to resolve allegations of collusion might provoke an existential crisis. Not for Goldman. The firm...
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Wall Street needs a Financial Transaction Tax. (Credit: Ahmad Nawawi/Flickr) Views
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 1:45pm
The Common Sense Tax
It’s nothing new for Wall Street to work every possible angle so it can squeeze additional profits out of trades. It’s the job of lawmakers and regulators to make sure that Wall Street does not rip off investors or endanger the financial system’s stability. Perhaps you’ve heard about high-frequency...
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Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 8:27am
The Beginning of the End of Too-Big-to-Fail
A funny thing, wonderful in its own small way, happened last week. Amidst an endless series of votes on amendments to a federal budget bill, the United States Senate voted 99-0 in favor of an amendment to end subsidies to too-big-to-fail financial institutions.
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Friday, January 18, 2013 - 8:35am
Money Out... Voters In
It’s time to stop moneyed conservative interests from trying to buy or steal our democracy. We know the problem—let’s get to the solutions.
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Friday, December 7, 2012 - 6:28am
Presidential Inauguration by Bank of America
The 2013 Presidential Inauguration, brought to you by Bank of America. No, we're not going to see that banner next month, when President Obama takes the oath of the office.
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